Education and Academic Training

  • University of Technology Berlin, Engineering Diploma (Dipl.-Ing) Environmental Planning
  • University of Technology Berlin, PhD in Environmental Planning (Dr.-Ing.)

Professional Experience

  • Since 2017 Professor of Political Science at the faculty for humanities and social sciences, Wuppertal University
  • 2015/16 Acting Director of the Research Group "Material Flows and Resource Management"
  • Since 1998 Research fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
  • 1996 - 1997 Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), Bonn, Coordinator of the campaign "Greening the Treaty" in 12 EU-Member States on the introduction of the principles of sustainability and environmental integration in the EU Treaty

Research Focus

  • Evidence-based policy-making
  • Evaluations and impact assessments
  • Research and innovation policies
  • EU policy
  • Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)


  • Since 2007 Visiting lecturer, Political Science, Wuppertal University, International sustainability and resource policies
  • 2006 International Summer University, Kassel University: Business and Environment; Eco-Efficiency and the use of Life Cycle Assessment
  • 2006 - 2007 Master Programme International Material Flow Management, Unversity of Applied Science Trier and Asian-Pacific University, Oita, Japan


  • Since 2016 Mentor post-doc mentoring program of Aachen University and the Science Centre Jülich (TANDEMplus)
  • 2015 China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), Special Advisor Task Force "National Governance Capacity for Green Transformation"
  • Since 2014 Member of the Advisory Committee of the Policy Design Laboratory of the University of Singapore,
  • Since 2013 Member of the Indo-German Expert Group on a Green and Inclusive Economy
  • Since 2009 Special Advisor to the Council, European Partners for the Environment (EPE)
  • Since 2007 Member, German Society for Structural Policy
  • Since 2001 Founding member, Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), Vienna
  • Since 1998 Alumnus, Business and Environment Programme HRH the Prince of Wales
  • 1992 Member of the official German NGO delegation at the UN Conference for Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro


  • International peer-reviews:
    Biomass and Bioenergy
    Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences
    Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy
    Environment, Development and Sustainability
  • 2001 - 2005 Scientific Support Plan for a Sustainable Development Policy (SPSD), Belgian Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs (OSTC)

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