Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke


Education and Academic Training

  • 1993 Ph.D (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn
  • 1990 Degree: Diploma Biology
  • 1983 - 1990 Studies of biology and protestant theology at the University Gesamthochschule Essen and Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn

Professional Experience

  • 2022 Professor Sustainability and Design at Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Industrial Design, Member of Folkwang University of the Arts
  • 2016 - 2021 Professor at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Sustainability Research in Design/Industrial Design
  • August 2012 to March 2016 Visiting Professor at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Sustainability Research in Design/Industrial Design
  • Since 2019 Director of the division "Sustainable Production and Consumption"
  • 2003 - 2018 Director of the research group "Sustainable Production and Consumption"
  • 2000 Head of the working group "Eco-efficiency & Sustainable Enterprises", Wuppertal Institute
  • 1993 Senior research fellow in the department "Material Flows and Structural Change", Wuppertal Institute
  • Since 1992 Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  • 1992 - 1993 Head of the working group "Monoclonal Antibodies" at the Chair of Cytology, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

Research Focus

  • Sustainable and circular design
  • Assessment of resource efficiency (Material Flow Analysis, LCA, carbon and material footprints) and sustainability (indicator systems) of and in value chains
  • Real-lab research - Models of change
  • Transformation/transition in production and consumption, sustainable product-service-sytems
  • Sustainable LivingLabs - User-integrated product-service development


  • 2009 - 2016 Foundation and realization of the yearly International Sustainable Summer School Designwalks
  • Since 2008 Teaching at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Sustainable Design (Soft Skills)
  • Since 2009 Teaching at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal in the Design Faculty, Sustainable Design
  • Earlier: teaching at Witten/Herdecke University in the field of economics in 1994; University of Hannover in the field of ergonomics/environmental protection, 1996; Bergische Universität Wuppertal in the field of industrial design, 1995 - 1999


  • Since 2021 Member of the Board of Trustees Baum e.V.
  • Since 2021 Member of the Advisory Board of Genossenschaftsverband - Verband der Regionen e.V.
  • Since 2020 Co-Chair of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030
  • Since 2019 Advisory Council of Consumer Affairs
  • Since 2019 Network Real Laboratories for Sustainability
  • Since 2018 SDSN Germany Leadership Council
  • Since 2015 Consumer Research Network of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection
  • 2013 - 2019 and again since 2021 Chair of the Resource Commission of the German Environmental Agency
  • Since 2013 German Society Club of Rome
  • 2012 - 2020 Member of the Advisory Board of the Foundatation Work and Environment of the Industrial Union for Mining, Chemistry, Energy, Hannover
  • 2012 Expert in the Future Dialogue of the Federal Chancellor "Dialogue on Germany's Future", working group Sustainable Management
  • 2011 - 2014 Member of the Scientific Advisory Board Consumer and Food Policy of the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV)
  • Since 2010 International Research Network for Low-Carbon-Societies (LCS-RNet)
  • Since 2009 Jury of the German Sustainability Award
  • Since 2005 Co-Publisher of FactorY - online-magazine for sustainable economy


  • Journal Sustainability; Journal Sustainable Production and Consumption; Journal Energy Policy; Journal Ecological Economics; Journal Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy; Journal Resources; Journal of Rural Studies; Journal Cleaner and Responsible Consumption
  • Since 2013 Editorial Board Journal Challenges in Sustainability
  • Since 2011 Editorial Board of the Journal Resources: Natural Resources and Management

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