Urs Maier was previously employed as a project manager at the German environmental organization "Deutsche Umwelthilfe". Prior to that, he was a research fellow at the University of Luxembourg's Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning. In 2010 he received his PhD for a dissertation on path dependencies and green technology in the automobile sector. Urs Maier holds a Diplom degree in Geography. He studied in Cologne, Bonn, and Gothenburg.