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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

P.O. Box 601203
14412 Potsdam

Tel.: +49 331 288 2576
Fax: +49 331 288 2642


Current activities:


  • 100% Masterplankommune Potsdam: July 2016 - ongoing

    Die Landeshauptstadt Potsdam gehört zu den 22 Masterplan-Kommunen, die in der Königsdisziplin des kommunalen Klimaschutzes durch das Bundesumweltministerium unterstützt werden. Ziel ist es, die Treibhausgasemission bis zum Jahr 2050 um 95 Prozent und den Bedarf an Endenergie um 50 Prozent gegenüber 1990 zu senken.

  • Reallabor - Climate KIC Projekt: One Tonne Society (OTS): 2015 - ongoing One Tonne Society (OTS)

Dr. Fritz Reusswig is sociologist in Research Domain IV - "Transdicisplinary Concepts and Methods" at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

He is working mainly on lifestyle and consumption issues as drivers for global environmental change, especially climate change. In addition, he is interested in the role of lifestyle and consumption changes for a system wide sustainability transition. The sometimes paradoxical emergence of a global society-including new forms of inequality, power, influence and voice-is a further point of reference for his work. From an environmental sociology point of view, Fritz looks also at the social construction of nature, and the public imagery related to nature, including the way biodiversity is perceived by societies. More recently, the possible role of cities for sustainable lifestyle and climate policy has has become a research focus. He points on the extraordinary innovation potential the urban sphere bears and opts for the city as laboratory for socio-technical experiments lead by local actors. Stakeholder dialogue is in his view a core part of transdisciplinarity - both, when it comes to research and when it comes to practical oriented models for sustainable living on different scales.


Fritz joined PIK in 1995, coming from Frankfurt University, where he wrote a diploma thesis on Th.W. Adorno and a Ph.D. thesis on G.W.F. Hegel. His first PIK years were dedicated to the interdisciplinary endeavor of recognizing typical patterns of non-sustainable human-nature interactions (Syndrome approach, see Matthias K.B. Lüdeke's Homepage). Besides, the differential vulnerability of societies to natural (or, as in the case of climate change, 'hybrid') disasters has been a constant area of interest.

In November 2008, Fritz completed his habilitation at the Wiso Faculty at Potsdam University and has been granted the right to teach sociology at universities. His habilitation thesis "Consuming Nature. Modern Lifestyles and Their Environment" is prepared for publication.

Fritz is currently teaching sociology at Potsdam University, at the Brandenburgische Technische University (BTU) in Cottbus and at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach. From summer term 2013 on, he will also teach at Berlin's Humboldt University.

Together with Karl-Werner Brand Fritz is author of the chapter "Umwelt" (environment) in the university textbook "Lehrbuch der Soziologie", edited by Hans Joas. It recieved the René-König Textbook Award 2002 of the German Association of Sociology (DGS). The fourth edition is in preparation and will appear in 2015.


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