Category Archives: Science

Sustainability and Transitions Research: Taking the High Road

By | 2nd June 2022

In a recent opinion paper, [1] Julian Kirchherr complains about that “up to 50% of the articles that are now being published in many interdisciplinary sustainability and transitions journals may be categorized as “scholarly bullshit”. These articles, Julian states, “typically engage with the latest sustainability and transitions buzzword (e.g., circular economy), while contributing little to… Read More »

Tech tips for live-streaming classroom lectures and seminars

By | 24th November 2021

After one and a half year into the Corona pandemic, at many German universities, videoconferencing solutions (*) for lectures and seminars are still largely unavailable. As a consequence, more teaching than necessary happens online only, with all the depressing ramifications. In the report ‘Portable and Flexible Tech Setups for Blended Synchronous University Courses’, I describe… Read More »

Seminar des Instituts für Umweltsozialwissenschaften und Geographie

By | 1st November 2021

Seminar of the Institute for Environmental Social Sciences and Geography It’s time for the members of our recently established institute within our faculty to start a regular scientific exchange beyond the established formats! To that end, we will host a seminar series between November 2021 and July 2022 where all research groups can present their… Read More »

New Guidelines for Data Modeling and Data Integration for Material Flow Analysis

By | 9th June 2021

Material flow analysis (MFA) is booming. A large number of datasets are being compiled and produced as part of MFA research, but many of them are not available or cumbersome to extract — either because of their format (e.g., pdf), or because they lack systems context. For this reason, researchers often have to spend too… Read More »

Research Seminar on “Land use, land scarcity, and land use transformation in sustainable development”

By | 28th April 2021

Under the umbrella of the Uni’s focus area, Environment and Sustainability, this semester will feature a research seminar with the broad topic “Land use, land scarcity, and land use transformation in sustainable development – Transformation research across multiple disciplines”. The goal of this 3-hr-seminar is twofold: First, there will be research briefings and discussions on… Read More »

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 »