Curriculum Vitae


Personal Data

Date of Birth               17. December 1958 in Hasselroth (Germany)
Nationality                  German
Family Status              Married
Children                      3


1992 Philosophical Dissertation Thesis 'Das Leben des Geistes' (grade: passed with distinction). Degree: Dr. phil. (Ph.D. equiv.)

1987-1992 Sociology and Philosophy at J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt (Main)

1984 Diploma Thesis 'Identität und Nicht-Identität in Adorno's Negativer Dialektik' (grade: passed with distinction) Degree: Dipl.-Soz.

1977-1984 Study of Sociology at J.W. Goethe University, Frankfurt (Main)

1969-1977 Hohe Landesschule Hanau (Secondary School). Examination: General qualification for university entrance (‚Abitur')

1965-1969 Elementary School Hasselroth

Professional Activities

2006 Habilitation Thesis "Consuming Nature: Modern Lifestyles and their Environment" (Potsdam University, Economics and Social Sciences Faculty)

2005 Visiting Fellow at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (Belmopan, Belize) and the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Cambridge, U.S.A.).

since 2000 Post-doc Lecturer for Sociology at the Sociology Department of the Potsdam University

since 1995 Senior Researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

1992-1995 Post-doc Lecturer for Sociology and Philosophy at Frankfurt University; Lecturer for Social Ecology at the Frankfurt Academy for Communication & Design.

1986-1987 Researcher at the Institute for Socio:Ecological Research (Frankfurt)

1984-1986 Student Lecturer at Frankfurt University


* German Society for Human Ecology (DGH)
* German Sociological Association (DGS); section 'Sociology & Ecology' (first speaker: 1999-2003); section 'Urban & Regional Sociology'; working group 'Consumption Sociology'
* European Sociological Association (ESA)
* International Sociological Association (ISA), Research Committee 24 ('Environmental Sociology')
* European Climate Forum (ECF)