Research in sustainability science

I am interested in science for and of sustainability, and in epistemology of sustainability. Latest with the global acceptance of the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, this concept and framework has evolved to a dynamic manifestation as the leading concept of societal development. The conceptual roots of sustainability can be dated back as far as 3000 AD, in a time when the Ötzi man lived in the Alps.

These and other questions are examples for my research in sustainability science:

  • How can we develop common ground in mental models of sustainability?
  • What is an effective way to communicate and teach sustainability?
  • How can we spur participation and individual/collective engagement in sustainability?
  • What triggers and drives sustainable consumption?
  • What drives sustainable innovation, i.e. by systemic design of various types of social-ecological systems?
  • How can we assess, measure and quantify sustainability?
  • What makes transdisciplinary research, a collaborative approach between science and practice, successful?

To learn more, see my publications list.