Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sachs

Senior Researcher


Education and Academic Training

  • Studies in sociology and catholic theology in München, Tübingen and Berkeley, USA
  • 1971 MA in sociology
  • 1972 MA in theology
  • 1975 PhD in social sciences

Professional Experience

  • 1975 - 1980 Ass. Prof., Technical University of Berlin
  • 1980 - 1984 Research Fellow, project "Energy & Society", Technical University of Berlin
  • 1984 - 1987 Co-Editor "Development", Society for International Development (SID), Rome
  • 1987 - 1990 Visiting Professor, Science, Technology, and Society, Pennsylvania State University
  • 1990 - 1893 Fellow, Institute for Cultural Studies, Essen
  • Since 1993 Senior Research Fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  • 2007 Honorary Professor, University of Kassel

Research Focus

  • Globalization and Sustainability
  • Environment and Development
  • New Models of Wealth

Teaching / Memberships

  • Member of the Club of Rome
  • 1993 - 2001 Chair of the Board of Greenpeace Germany
  • 1999 - 2001 IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), lead author
  • From 1992 to present regular guest lecturer at Schumacher College, England
  • Honorary Professor, Department of Social Sciences, University of Kassel