Sebastian is a PhD candidate supervised by Dr Stefan Giljum at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and a teaching and research associate at the Institute for Ecological Economics. He has a background in economics and development studies, holding degrees from WU and the University of Vienna. In his dissertation, Sebastian is concerned with modelling the direct and indirect environmental and socio-economic impacts of mining activities. Using granular geospatial data, he is for instance interested in investigating the contextual risk of expanding mining activities into vulnerable ecosystems and the effects of mining activities on regional economic development and forest cover loss in Brazil. Currently, he is a visiting PhD student at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Queensland. He collaborates with Dr Laura Sonter on developing methods to assess the consequences of increasingly required energy transition metals for global supply chains and local environments.