Prof. Dr. Stefan Bringezu

(Director until 28 Februray 2017), since 1 March 2017 Director at Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR)

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