Philippe Thalmann

BP 2137 (Bâtiment BP)
Station 16
1015 Lausanne

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BAC 104 (Château de Bassenges)
Station 5
1015 Lausanne

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Administrative data

Fields of expertise

Environmental economics 
Climate economics 
Economics of sustainable development 
Housing economics 
Real estate economics 
Urban economics


Infoscience publications


Teaching & PhD



Projeter ensemble ENAC


Land, properties, housing

This MOOC-based course prepares to the analysis of the economic context of construction projects: land acquisition, land prices, property prices, housing prices (rental and owner-occ.), in an urban setting. At the end of the course, students will understand the determinants of these prices.

Energy supply, economics and transition

Energy resources and reduction of CO2 emissions (Christophe Ballif)
  • Current and future CO2 and CO2 equivalent emissions, impact on climate
  • Available resources and their properties (finite resources like fossil, nuclear fuel, vs hydro, non-hydro, renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal biomass)
  • Energy statistics, direct cost of various energy sou

Environmental economics

Introduction to economic analysis applied to environmental issues: all the necessary basic concepts, including cost-benefit analysis, for environmental policy making and its instruments (examples: climate, waste, mobility). Introduction to financial calculation applied to project evaluation.

Global issues: climate B

This course presents the global issue of climate change: climate system and prediction; impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity; historic frame and public debate; climate targets and policies. The interdisciplinary approach introduces students to working in teams and to scientific methodologies.

Sustainable development A

The objective of this course is to offer a global understanding of sustainability and its implications. What is the meaning of sustainability? How is it measured? How can it be attained?

Economic growth and sustainability II

In this seminar, students work in groups to prepare a report illustrating material taught in the first semester. Specifically, the groups will choose a significant environmental impact or resource use, and analyse it with the IPAT framework.

Economic growth and sustainability I

This course examines growth from various angles: economic growth, growth in the use of resources, need for growth, limits to growth, sustainable growth, and, if time permits, population growth and growing inequality. Although grounded in economics, it takes up elements from many other discipline