Prof. Dr. Timo von Wirth

Senior Researcher

Sustainable Production and Consumption
Research Unit Innovation Labs
Timo von Wirth
Tel.:+49 202 2492-305
timo.von.wirth@wupperinst.org

Education and Academic Training

  • 2014 Dissertation, Dr. sc. (ETH), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, CH
  • 2001 M.A., RWTH Aachen University

Professional Experience

  • Since 2021: Senior Researcher at the Wuppertal Institute
  • 2019 - today: Ass. Professor, Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences (ESSB), Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
  • 2017 - today: Senior Researcher, Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL
  • 2014 - 2016: PostDoctoral Researcher, ETH Zurich TdLab
  • 2011 - 2014: Research fellow at the Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED)
  • 2007 - 2010: Project manager for Innovation management, Innobroker GmbH Köln, D
  • 2007 - 2008: External Project manager, Center for Sustainability at ETH Zurich
  • 2003 - 2006: Project manager Sustainable regional development and regional economy, MultimediaPLAN KEG Vienna, AT
  • 2001 - 2003: Consultant for transport planning at airports and with airlines, Airport Research Center GmbH, Aachen

Research Focus

  • Innovation and diffusion in socio-technical systems
  • Foresight, scenarios and trade-offs for sustainable development trajectories.
  • Places of transformation, Innovation laboratories and Sustainability experiments
  • Conflict, consensus building and trust in societal change.
  • Competences, learning and literacy for sustainable development

Teaching

  • 2017 - today: Erasmus University Rotterdam, NL (New Economic Thinking and Social Entrepreneurship, Transition theory and methods of socio-technical system analysis)
  • 2020 - today: PostDoc Academy for Transformational Leadership
  • 2016 - 2017: University of Applied Sciences München, Lecture and Seminar: International Transformation processes, Bachelor program: Management of social Innovations
  • 2013 - 2014 ETH Zurich, Master program Human-Environment Systems, Transdisciplinary case study course

Memberships

  • 2019 - 2024: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the BMBF-research group: MoveMe - Die sozio-räumliche Transformation zu nachhaltigem Mobilitätsverhalten, at TU Dortmund
  • 2021 - 2024: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the BMBF-research program Gesellschaft der Ideen
  • 2021 - 2023: Member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Intl. research project CO-CARBON, led by University of Helsinki, FI
  • 2019 - today: Member of the steering committee for the PostDoc Academy for Transformational Leadership funded by Robert Bosch Foundation
  • 2021: Member of the program commission for the International Transdisciplinarity Conference
  • 2017 - today: Co-Founder and member of the steering group for the International Place Attachment Research Network (IPAN)
  • 2019 - today: Member of the working group for urban transitions and transformation (UTT) within the Sustainabiliy Transitions Research Network (STRN)

Reviewer

  • Serving as scientific reviewer for journals such as: Energy Research & Social Science, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Journal of Cleaner Production, Environmental Innovation & Societal Transitions, Journal of Happiness Studies, Futures, GAIA, Sustainability, Environmental Science & Policy, European Planning Studies, Landscape & Urban Planning, Land Use Policy, Sustainable Cities and Society
  • Additional reviewer duties for research funding proposals, e.g. for the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Austrian Research Council (FFG)

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