Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke

Director

Sustainable Production and Consumption
Christa Liedtke
+49 202 2492-130
+49 202 2492-108
christa.liedtke@wupperinst.org

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

  • Since May 2016 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

  • Research strategies for sustainable production and consumption
  • Assessment of resource efficiency (Material Flow Analysis, LCA-MIPS) and sustainability (indicator systems) of and in value chains
  • Analysis of behavioural and systemic patterns in the areas of production and consumption in order to develop strategies for sustainability improvements
  • User-integrated product-service development (sustainable LivingLabs) Teaching
  • Since 2009 Foundation and realization of the yearly International Sustainable Summer School Designwalks (www.sustainable-summer-school.org)
  • 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

Teaching

  • 2009 - 2016 Foundation and realization of the yearly International Sustainable Summer School Designwalks (www.designwalks.org)
  • 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, since 2009
  • 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

Memberships

  • Since 2019 Advisory Council of Consumer Affairs
  • Since 2019 Network Real Laboratories for Sustainability
  • Since 2018 Leadership Council SDSN Germany
  • Since 2015 Consumer Research Network of the Federal Ministery of Justice and Consumer Protection
  • Since 2013 Chair of the Resource Commission of the German Environmental Agency
  • Since 2013 German Society Club of Rome
  • Since 2012 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
  • Competence Center Consumer Research of North Rhine-Westphalia and of the Network Consumer Research
  • Factor X Network
  • Since 2011 Advisory Board of iSuN, Institute for sustainable Nutrition, at the University of Applied Science, Münster
  • 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
  • International Factor 10 Innovation Network
  • Since 2005 Co-Publisher of FactorY - online-magazine for sustainable economy

Reviewer

  • Reviewer for journal Sustainability, journal Sustainable Production and Consumption, journal Energy Policy, journal Ecological Economics and journal Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy
  • Since 2013 Editorial Board Journal Challenges in Sustainability
  • Since 2011 Editorial Board of the journal Resources: Natural Resources and Management