Dr. Sophia Lüttringhaus


Sophia Lüttringhaus is an interdisciplinary expert in Agricultural Economics and International Relations with international work experience in agricultural research for development and consultancy for public and private decision-makers. Her work focuses on climate change adaptation, the economics of adaptation, agro-biodiversity, genetic resources, plant breeding, crop production and food security. She has sound knowledge of quantitative data analysis and agricultural modelling such as impact assessment and cost-benefit analysis.

During her PhD at PIK and the Humboldt University of Berlin (supervisor Prof. Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen) she investigated the economics of genetic resources and plant breeding. As part of her dissertation she was a Genebank Impacts Fellow for the Crop Trust and the International Potato Center. During the Fellowship she investigated the benefits of redistributing traditional potato landraces to Peruvian small holder farmers.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


HFFA Research GmbH

Sophia is a Research Analyst for Agricultural and Environmental Economics at the scientific Berlin-based consultancy HFFA Research where she leads projects on the economics of adaptation, breeding innovations and other topics within the realm of agricultural economics.

Before joining HFFA Research, Sophia worked at the think tank Climate Analytics. There she co-authored a report analyzing climate change impacts on economic growth in Africa and quantified co-benefits of climate mitigation and adaptation policies. This work involved project management with partners and the funders (United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and African Development Bank (AfDB)). Prior she gained work experiences in the field of international development cooperation. At the International Climate Initiative (IKI) implemented by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) she worked on monitoring biodiversity and climate change projects and at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) she worked on aid effectiveness. For her Master’s thesis she worked at the International Potato Center (CIP/CGIAR) in Lima where she conducted research on potato diversity, livelihood strategies and climate change adaptation in the Peruvian Andes.

Sophia holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the Humboldt University of Berlin and as a Bachelor’s she studied International Relations at the Dresden University of Technology (Germany) and Hunan Normal University (China). She is internationally experienced and fluently speaks German, Spanish, English, and French as well as Chinese and Portuguese at a basic level.

Sophia's publications can be seen here and she regularly communicates science on LinkedIn.

Sophia also works as a research analyst at the scientific consultancy HFFA Research where she leads work packages in several research projects that e.g. explore climate change adaptation in agricultural systems in Sub-Saharan Africa (AGRICA) and the economic effects of breeding innovations (BRIWECS). Furthermore, she is responsible for the continuous update and advancement of our quantitative methodologies for environmental and agricultural economics and sustainability indicators.