Dr. Ralf Schüle

Co-Head of Research Unit Urban Transitions

Energy, Transport and Climate Policy
Ralf Schüle
+49 202 2492-330
+49 202 2492-250

Education and Academic Training

  • 2001 PhD (Doctor of Philosophy): "Public Perceptions of Global Climate Change" (published by: Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt)
  • 1996: Research Fellow at the Institute for Sociology, Technical University of Darmstadt, Research Group Sociology of Environment and Settlement
  • 1986 - 1995: Sociology, National Economy and Political Science, Technical University of Darmstadt

Professional Experience

  • Since 2004: Research Fellow at the Wuppertal Institute
  • 2001 - 2004: Research Fellow at the ifeu-Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, Heidelberg
  • 1999 - 2000: Freelance work for EAWAG, Dübendorf/Switzerland
  • 1996 - 1999: Project management for the region Rhine-Main in the EU-research project ULYSSES (head: Prof. Dr. Carlo Jaeger)

Research Focus

  • Climate protection and urban development
  • Evaluation of programs and projects in the energy sector
  • Energy efficiency policies at EU, national and regional level
  • International climate policy and Kyoto mechanisms
  • Methods of social research
  • Social-ecological research


  • 2008: University for Applied Sciences Trier/Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld, Department Environmental Economy/Environmental Law
  • 2009: Hafen City Universität Hamburg (HCU), Department Urban Planning
  • 2009/2010: Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Department Political Science
  • Since 04/1995: Member of the German Society for Sociology (DGS), Section "Sociology and Ecology"