Category Archives: Science

Wege zur Verbesserung der Wissensakkumulation in der Nachhaltigkeitsforschung – Ein Kommentar

By | 25th November 2019

Das Arbeitsleben eines Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaftlers kann manchmal frustrierend sein. Viele Veröffentlichungen sind nicht oder nur schwer zugänglich, Daten sind nicht verfügbar und die berichteten Ergebnisse oft nicht reproduzierbar. Immer noch beginnen zu viele DoktorandInnen ihre Arbeit mit einer leeren Excel-Arbeitsmappe, tragen aber wenig bis nicht zum Werkzeugkasten der Wissenschaft bei, so dass die nächste Doktorandengeneration wieder… Read More »

Good Scientific Practice in Industrial Ecology – A Factsheet

By | 9th October 2019

Inspired by discussions during the ISIE conference in Beijing, I compiled a fact sheet on Good Scientific Practice in Industrial Ecology, based on some teaching material that I had available and input from colleagues who are acknowledged. The document, which is available under http://www.teaching.industrialecology.uni-freiburg.de/Content/IEooc_Methods_Good_Scientific_Practice.pdf is part of the industrial ecology open online course (IEooc). It… Read More »

Research infrastructure needs for industrial ecology

By | 9th May 2019

– Some reflections to spur a discussion during this year’s conference season – The future of industrial ecology research will be more collaborative. Tackling pressing research questions with high quality science will require more work and knowledge than what the typical PhD candidate-postdoc-supervisor constellation can encompass, and deep collaboration in large multi-disciplinary teams will be… Read More »

Confessions of Reviewer 2

By | 21st December 2018

During the last eight years, I have peer-reviewed about 100 manuscripts for the industrial ecology (IE) community. I now accept around two invitations per month, and enjoy (in most cases) learning about fresh research from the various branches of the field and duly checking and giving feedback on it. When accepting review invitations from the… Read More »

Why a Two-pillar Model is a Better Choice for Conceptualizing Sustainability…

By | 2nd December 2018

…than the common three-pillar conceptualisation. The three pillar model, grounding sustainability on economic, environmental and social aspects, has become a commonplace intellectual framing whenever there is a need to defined and explain the scope of the concept ([1], Fig. 1). Here, I argue that two of the pillars: the environmental and the social ones, are… Read More »

Fehlanzeige: Keine Aufnahme der Grundlagenaspekte der Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften in den Fächerkanon der DFG

By | 21st October 2018

Mit einem offenen Brief an die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) haben mehr als 50 deutsche Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaftlerinnen und –wissenschaftler im Jahr 2017 auf einen Missstand im Fächerkanon der DFG hingewiesen: Das Fehlen der verschiedenen Zweige der Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaften und insbesondere deren Grundlagenaspekte. Warum ist das ein Problem? Weil es wichtig ist, dass auch für die verschiedenen Aspekte der… Read More »

Launching the prototype of an Industrial Ecology Data Inventory

By | 17th October 2018

Re-using data and results from other peoples’ research is crucial to consistent and cumulative research, yet it is also often a frustrating experience. Many raw data and results are not available, and those that are available are often hidden in pdfs or books and need to be manually extracted. The access to research data in… Read More »

On the future of scientific publishing for sustainability research

By | 26th July 2018

When I was introduced to industrial ecology about ten years ago, I never came across anybody substantially questioning the publishing system. Impact factors were considered but did not matter too much, Nature Climate Change and Nature Sustainability did not exist yet, open access was not an issue, and scholars were rather modest in their choice… Read More »

Offene Forschungsinfrastruktur für Industrial Ecology

By | 15th May 2018

Um neue Forschungsfragen zur Nachhaltigkeit zu erschließen und Industrial Ecology als Forschungsfeld sichtbarer zu machen, ist eine bessere Forschungsinfrastruktur nötig. Die Rede ist hier von Datenbanken, Datenstrukturen, Modellierungswerkzeugen und Lehrmaterial. Die Entwicklung und Bereitstellung solcher Infrastruktur nach dem Prinzip “offene Wissenschaft” kann zu schnelleren Erfolgen führen, indem man die Kompetenz und Erfahrung einer großen Zahl… Read More »

Launching the Industrial Ecology Open Online Course (IEooc)

By | 31st January 2018

To raise the standard of industrial ecology research we need to offer more examples of good research practice and teach future students the analytical skills that are required to adopt that practice. To that end I created the Industrial Ecology open online course (IEooc) by combining external content with large parts of my own teaching… Read More »