PhD Peter-Paul Pichler


Peter-Paul Pichler, PhD, was trained as a computer scientist and received his doctorate in the field of complex adaptive systems. He has been working at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in various research domains since 2009 and is currently deputy leader of the FutureLab Social Metabolism and Impacts. As a social ecologist, his research focuses on the accounting and analysis of different aspects of social resource use. His current research mainly focuses on energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in a distributional, regional and sectoral context (e.g. health care systems) with a methodological focus on multi-regional input-output modelling, complex network analysis, and other quantitative empirical methods of data anaylsis. He is also interested in reproducible research and open science. Peter-Paul Pichler is a member of the board of the Social Metabolism Section of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.

Other research interests include:

  • Social and urban metabolism
  • Resource use in global supply networks
  • Society-nature interaction
  • Self-organization and evolution
  • Complex and coupled systems

You can also find me on twitter and researchgate.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2543
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14412 Potsdam


Please find a current list of my publications on researchgate or google scholar.