Contact Details

Prof. Dr. Stefan Bringezu

Research Group 3: Material Flows and Resource Management

Education and Academic Training

  • 1977 - 1982 University of Bayreuth, Germany. Biology Diploma with honours
  • 1987 University of Bayreuth, Germany. Dr. rer. nat.
  • 1999 TU-Berlin, Germany, Faculty of Environment and Society, Dr. habil.

Professional Experience

  • 1983 - 1986: University of Bayreuth, Germany; researcher in the Department of Animal Ecology
  • 1987 - 1992: Federal Environmental Agency, Berlin; researcher and deputy head of unit "Biocidal Agents" in the Chemical Assessment Group
  • 1992 - 2003 Wuppertal Institute, Department for Material Flows and Structural Change, leading project manager and deputy of the director
  • 1997 - 1998: University of Dortmund, Acting Head of the Department "Supply Systems and Environmental Planning"
  • Since 2003 Wuppertal Institute, Director, Research Group "Material Flows and Resource Management"
  • 2011 Decline of a call for professorship on Industrial Ecology and Technological Change at University of Kassel
  • Since 2011 Professor for Sustainable Resource Management at the Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR) of University of Kassel

Research Focus

  • Analysis of the socio-industrial metabolism and land use
  • Material flow analysis, LCA-MIPS (incl. "hidden flows")
  • Indicators for sustainability (macro-meso-micro)
  • Integrated sustainability assessment
  • Multi-level information systems
  • Resource efficient supply and infrastructure systems
  • Analysis of drivers of resource use (biomass and minerals)
  • Scenarios for sectoral and economy-wide sustainable resource management


  • Since 2011 Professor for Sustainable Resource Management at University of Kassel
  • Regular supervision of selected master and Ph.D. students in cooperation with varying universities (incl. Universities of Cambridge/UK, New Hampshire/USA, Göteborg/Chalmers, Cologne, Dresden)
  • Taped video lectures for the University Tohoku, Japan, graduate course in Strategic Environmental Management and Sustainable Technology Solutions (2007)
  • Teaching "Environmental Policy" at open university post-graduate course Applied Environmental Sciences at University Koblenz-Landau (since 1996)
  • Teaching courses at Technical University Berlin (1996/97), and University Dortmund (1997/98)


  • Member of the International Resource Panel
  • Member of Expert Group "The economics of environment and resource use" to provide advice to the Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potocnik
  • International Society for Industrial Ecology: founding member, councilor from 2001 - 2003
  • ConAccount network on material flow analysis for sustainability, initiated 1996
  • National Committee of SCOPE Germany (Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment)
  • Academy of Spatial Science and Regional Planning (ARL), Corresponding Member
  • Journal of Industrial Ecology, editorial board member



State-of-the-Art Report on the Bioeconomy: Assessing the Existing Information Basis and Research Stand for Monitoring the Bioeconomy - Systemic Perspective and Modeling of the Bioeconomy
Duration: 01/2015 - 02/2015, more

Resource Productivity and Secure Supply
Duration: 01/2015 - 09/2015, more

Options for Supplying Polymer Production with Increased Material Rcycling and Use of CO2
Duration: 01/2015 - 09/2015, more

Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply
Duration: 10/2014 - 04/2015, more

CO2 ReUse NRW - Evaluating Gas Sources, Demand and Utilization for CO2 and H2 within the North Rhine-Westphalia Area with Respect to Gas Qualities
Duration: 10/2014 - 12/2014, more

MinRoh - Elaboration of Basics for the Development of a Resource Strategy for Minerals for North Rhine-Westphalia
Duration: 12/2013 - 08/2014, more

EnerTransRuhr - The German "Energiewende" - Development of an Integrative and Transformative Research Design in the Case of the Energy Transition of the Ruhr Area and North Rhine-Westphalia
Duration: 09/2013 - 08/2016, more

POLFREE - Policy Options for a Resource Efficient Economy
Duration: 10/2012 - 02/2016, more

SAT-BBE - Design of a Systems Analysis Tools Framework for the EU Bio-Based Economy Strategy
Duration: 10/2012 - 03/2015, more

Mapping of Anthropogenic Stock in Germany for Optimizing Secondary Raw Material Economy
Duration: 10/2012 - 07/2014, more

KRESSE - Critical Mineral Resources and Material Flows during the Transformation of the German Energy Supply System
Duration: 02/2012 - 06/2014, more

PolRess - Resource Policy
Duration: 01/2012 - 05/2015, more

CREEA - Compiling and Refining Environmental and Economic Accounts
Duration: 04/2011 - 05/2014, more

SustScen - Sustainability Scenarios for a Resource Efficient Europe
Duration: 01/2011 - 07/2011, more

Land and Soils - Assessing Global Land Use and Soil Management for Sustainable Resource Policies
Duration: 11/2010 - 02/2012, more

SUPRABIO - Sustainable Products from Economic Processing of Biomass in Highly Integrated Biorefineries
Duration: 02/2010 - 09/2014, more

ISPRA - Life Cycle Based Monitoring Indicators
Duration: 11/2009 - 10/2011, more

The European Topic Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production
Duration: 01/2009 - 12/2013, more

Biofuels - Future Perspectives of Second-Generation Biofuels
Duration: 11/2008 - 01/2010, more

Biomass Cascading towards Climate Protection and an Optimised Expansion of Renewable Energies - Potentials, Developments and Prospects of an Integrated Strategy on Material and Energetic Biomass Use
Duration: 07/2008 - 06/2009, more

Expansion of the Use of Energy Crops and Land Use Competition
Duration: 09/2007 - 09/2008, more

MaRess - Material Efficiency and Resource Conservation: An Analysis of Material Flows, Sectors, Categories of Needs and the Development of Strategies and Instruments
Duration: 07/2007 - 12/2010, more

Competing Uses of Biomass - Consequences of the Reinforced Use of Biomass for Energy on the Material Use in the Biomass Processing Industry and its Competitiveness through State Induced Support Programmes
Duration: 05/2007 - 11/2007, more

INDI-LINK - Indicator-Based Evaluation of Interlinkages between Different Sustainable Development Objectives
Duration: 11/2006 - 04/2009, more

Increase of Resource Productivity and Natural Resource Protection - Stakeholder Dialogues in the Raw Material System Copper, the Steel Industry Sector and the Area of Needs "Construction/Housing"
Duration: 10/2006 - 02/2008, more

Eurostat: NAMEA & MFA-EU 25 - Eurostat: Supply of Statistical Services in the Field of Environmental Accounts - NAMEA and MFA-EU 25
Duration: 01/2006 - 12/2009, more

Options for Sustainable Land Use and Resource Protection Strategies Considering in Particular Sustainable Supply with Renewable Raw Materials
Duration: 12/2005 - 09/2007, more

FORESCENE - Development of a Forecasting Framework and Scenarios to Support the EU Sustainable Development Strategy
Duration: 12/2005 - 11/2008, more

Increase of Resource Productivity as a Core Strategy for Sustainable Development
Duration: 07/2005 - 06/2007, more

MATISSE - Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment
Duration: 04/2005 - 03/2008, more

Study for the Conception of a Programme to Increase Material Efficiency in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises
Duration: 10/2004 - 04/2005, more

Sustainability A-Test - Advanced Techniques for Evaluation of Sustainability Assessment Tools
Duration: 05/2004 - 08/2006, more

Policy Review on Decoupling and Development of Resource Productivity Indicators
Duration: 12/2003 - 11/2004, more

ETC/RWM - European Topic Centre on Resource and Waste Management
Duration: 04/2001 - 12/2008, more