Short CV/Education and training

  • 1991 – 2002
    Research associate, university lecturer, research group Social Ecology, Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Continuing Education at Austrian Universities (IFF), Vienna, Austria

  • 1995
    Mag. rer. nat. in microbiology/molecular biology, University of Vienna, Austria

  • 1998 – 2003
    University lecturer in the Department of Sociology, University of Vienna

  • 2002
    Dr. phil. in cultural studies, Department of Cultural Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

  • 2002 – 2006
    University assistant, Institute of Social Ecology, Klagenfurt University, Vienna

  • 2005 – 2008
    Visiting professor of social metabolism, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain

  • 2006
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) and venia docendi (authorisation to teach) in social ecology, Klagenfurt University

  • 2006 – 2009
    Associate University Professor of socio-ecological sustainability research, Institute of Social Ecology, Klagenfurt University, Vienna

  • 2007 – 2011
    Visiting professor of environmental sociology, University of St. Gallen (HSG), St. Gallen, Switzerland

  • 2008
    Visiting professor, Centre of Industrial Ecology, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, CT, USA

  • 2009 – 2012
    Co-Chair of Research Domain II: Climate impacts and vulnerabilities, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany

  • 2012 – 2019
    Co-Chair of Research Domain IV: Transdisciplinary concepts & methods, PIK, Potsdam, Germany

  • since 2014
    Full Professor (S-W3) of industrial ecology and climate change, Department of Cultural Studies and Department of Social Sciences, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

  • Since 2019
    Head of Future Lab Social Metabolism and Impacts, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany

Selected publications

  • • Pichler, Peter-Paul, Jaccard, Ingram S., Weisz, Ulli and Weisz, Helga (2019) International Comparison of Health Care Carbon Footprints. Environmental Research Letters.

    • Pichler, Peter-Paul, Zwickel, Timm, Chavez, Abel, Kretschmer, Tino, Seddon, Jessica and Weisz, Helga (2017): Reducing Urban Greenhouse Gas Footprints. Scientific Reports, 7, 14659.

    • Lenton, Timothy. M., Pichler, Peter Paul, and Weisz, Helga (2016): Revolutions in energy input and material cycling in Earth history and human history, Earth Syst. Dynam, 7, 353-370.

    • Weisz, Helga, Suh, Sangwon, Graedel, TE (2015): Industrial Ecology: The role of manufactured capital in sustainability. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States 112(20):6260–6264.

    • Weisz, Helga, 2011. The probability of the improbable. Society-nature coevolution. Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 93, 325-336.

    • Weisz, Helga and Julia K. Steinberger (2010): Reducing energy and material flows in cities. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, volume 2, issue 3, 185–192.

    • Weisz, Helga, Krausmann, Fridolin, Amann, Christof, Eisenmenger, Nina, Erb, Karl-Heinz, Hubacek, Klaus, and Fischer-Kowalski, Marina (2006): The physical economy of the European Union: Cross-country comparison and determinants of material consumption. In: Ecological Economics, 58 (4), 676-698

    • Weisz, Helga and Duchin, Faye (2006): Monetary and physical input-output analysis: What makes the difference? Ecological Economics, 57, 534-541.

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

since 2014

  • Co-editor of the LIT Verlag book series Studien zur internationalen Umweltpolitik (Studies in international environmental policy), since 2016

  • Member of the steering committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) National Research Programme NRP 73: Sustainable Economy, since 2016

  • Member of the board of the World Resources Forum, St. Gallen, Switzerland, since 2016

  • Programming chair for the 4th Nobel Laureates Symposium on Global Sustainability, Hong Kong, 2015

  • Member of the committee evaluating the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE), Frankfurt am Main, 2015

  • Chair of the Socio-Economic Metabolism (SEM) section of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE), since 2015

  • Deputy chairperson of the scientific committee of the 2014 World Resources Forums Davos, Switzerland, 2014

  • Chair of Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology, Lucca, Italy, 2014

  • Co-editor of the journal GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, since 2014

  • Member of the scientific advisory committee to the Sustainability Research Centre (artec) at the University of Bremen, since 2014

  • Member of the Council of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria, since 2014

  • Chair of the German Association for the Promotion of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (e.V.), Potsdam, Germany, since 2014


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