Prof. Dr. Henning Wilts


Henning Wilts
Tel.:+49 202 2492-290

Education and Academic Training

  • Studies of Economics with focus on European political science, economic policy, and fiscal law, University of Cologne
  • PhD (Dr. rer. pol.), Technical University of Darmstadt, Institute IWAR

Professional Experience

  • Since August 2018 Director of Division Circular Economy, Wuppertal Institute
  • 2016 - July 2018 Head of Research Unit Circular Economy, Wuppertal Institute
  • 2015 Interim Research Director Material Flows and Resource Management, Wuppertal Institute
  • 2012 - 2014 Research Fellow, Research Group Material Flows and Resource Management, Wuppertal Institute
  • 2010 - 2012 Research Fellow, Chair for Infrastructure and Spatial Planning, Institute IWAR, TU Darmstadt
  • 2009 - 2010 Junior Research Fellow, Research Group Material Flows and Resource Management, Wuppertal Institute
  • 2005 - 2007 Managing Director, Citizen Consult GmbH

Research Focus

  • Transformative processes for a circular economy
  • Economics of waste prevention
  • Environmental assessment of waste prevention measures
  • Resource efficiency


  • Since 2014 Resource Economics, Master course International Economics, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
  • 2013 Urban and Regional Environmental Planning, Master course Spatial and Infrastructure Planning, TU Darmstadt
  • 2010 - 2012 Sustainable Infrastructures, International course Urbanus Mundus, TU Darmstadt


  • Member of Sustainability Advisory Board for Interseroh AG
  • List of Experts of the European Topic Center Waste and Materials in a Green Economy
  • List of Academic Experts of the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Committee of the European Parliament
  • Member of the Advisory Boards of the Julius Bär Foundation


  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board "Waste and Resource Management"
  • Member of the Advisory Board "Müll und Abfall"
  • Reviewer e.g. for Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Recycling
  • Consultancy for e.g. OECD, GIZ, and OVAM (Flanders)




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