Dr. Imke Schmidt

Co-Head of Research Unit Circular Transitions

Imke Schmidt
Tel.:+49 202 2492-409

Education and Academic Training

  • 2010 - 2014: PhD (Dr. rer. pol.), Reinhard-Mohn-Institute for Management and Corporate Governance (RMI), Witten/Herdecke University
  • 2011 - 2012: Scholarship of the Scholars in Residence Programme with Colombia and Japan, funded by the Goethe Institute and the Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities (KWI)
  • 2010 - 2011: Scholar of the Transatlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Social Responsibility, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Canadian Business Ethics Research Network (CBERN)
  • 2002 - 2007: Diploma in International Business Management, Ibero-Romance Studies, and Foreign Languages, Passau University
  • 2001 - 2002: Studies of Romanistics (French, Spanish), University of Wuppertal

Professional Experience

  • Since 04/2023 Co-Head of the Research Unit Material Loops at Wuppertal Institute, Division Circular Economy
  • 2017 - 2023: Project Manager at the Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)
  • 2013 - 2017: Team Leader Research at the Centre for Sustainable Corporate Leadership (ZNU), Witten/Herdecke University
  • 2008 - 2013: Researcher at the Center for Responsibility Research (CRR), Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities
  • 2007 - 2008: Volunteer at the Fundación iD-as (Institute for Educational Development and Social Action), Córdoba (Argentina)

Research Focus

  • Stakeholder-oriented circular transformation strategies, tools and processes
  • Circular business models
  • Circular consumer behavior


  • European Business Ethics Network Deutschland e.V. (dnwe)

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