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Elena Emrick-Schmitz

Elena Emrick-Schmitz

Doctoral researcher

Department Fachbereich Geographie und Raumplanung
Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Büroadresse MSH, E02 25-380
Telefon (+352) 46 66 44 4956

Elena graduated in International Finance (BSc) from Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in Germany with a semester abroad in Global Economics at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea. During this time, she developed a passionate interest in sustainability which led her to complete her further studies in Sustainable Development (MSc) at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, UK.

Before joining the University of Luxembourg, she worked in the financial sector in Germany & Luxembourg, most recently as a consultant at a Big Four specialized in developing business and products around ESG & Sustainable Finance for financial institutions. Furthermore, she is an associate of the Institute for Social Banking in Germany.

Elena is a PhD student at the university and joined in August 2020 as part of the AltFin project in cooperation with the LISER. Her research focuses on community economies and their contribution to regional sustainability transitions.

Research Interests

  • Economic Geography
  • Diverse Economies
  • Circular Economy
  • Degrowth/Postgrowth
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Alternative Finance

Last updated on: Mittwoch, den 07. Juli 2021

Academic qualification

  • Since 2020: Doctoral Researcher, Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • 2018: Certified Expert in Climate & Renewable Energy Finance, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (Germany)
  • 2016: M.Sc. Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews (United Kingdom)
  • 2015: B.Sc. International Finance, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Professional experience

  • Since 2020: Doctoral Researcher, Department of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • 2018-2020: Senior Associate, Financial Services Advisory, PwC (Luxembourg)
  • 2017-2018: Advisor, Real Estate & Infrastructure Advisory, PwC (Luxembourg)
  • 2014-2015: Sales, portfolio Verlagsgesellschaft (Germany)
  • 2009-2011: Trainee, DZ PRIVATBANK (Luxembourg)

Last updated on: 08 Okt 2020