Marina Fischer-Kowalski Ph.D. in sociology, is a professor at the Alpen-Adria University and founder of the Vienna based Institute of Social Ecology. She has taught at Griffith (Australia), Roskilde (Denmark), Yale University (USA) and the Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). She has been, inter alia, president of the International Society for Industrial Ecology and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Currently, she is Vice President of the European and president-elect of the International Society for Ecological Economics. As expert member of UNEP’s International Resource Panel, she became lead author to its latest publication, “Decoupling resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth” (2011). Her key research interest is Social Metabolism, i.e. the energy and materials use of socio-economic systems across history and across scale levels.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Stationary Social Systems as a Dread from the Past: What Is Needed to Make Them an Attractive Future?
A response to “How can we create a successful economy without continuous economic growth?”
- Socioecological Transitions and Global Change: Trajectories of Social Metabolism and Land Use
A book edited by Marina Fischer-Kowalski and Helmut Haberl, which examines the socioeconomic use of materials, energy, and land.