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Prof. Dr. Helga Weisz

DSC_2796.JPGPotsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Head of Research Domain Transdisciplinary Concepts & Methods


Humboldt University Berlin

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Professor of Industrial Ecology and Climate Change

Telegrafenberg, A56, Room 3.56
P.O. Box 60 12 03
D-14412 Potsdam, Germany
Phone: +49-(0)331-288-2494

Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Manuela Lubinsky
Tel: +49(0)331 288-2602


Research profile

Helga Weisz is an industrial ecologist. Her research focus is on the socially organized extraction of raw materials and energy, its transformation into goods and services, its use and final disposal to the environment as waste, emissions and heat, which, collectively, define the social metabolism. The transition from a biomass based agrarian towards a fossil fuel based industrial socio-metabolic regime has the dual consequence of bringing large parts of the population out of extreme poverty while creating global environmental change including climate change. Transforming the industrial metabolism to reduce its environmental and resource impacts, while maintaining its function for human well-being, is therefore a crucial challenge for sustainability. Main research areas are material and energy flow analysis, stocks and flows dynamic of the built environment, physical and environmental input-output analysis, society-nature co-evolution, socio-ecological theory, industrial and urban metabolism, integrated vulnerability assessment and the application of complex network analysis to social metabolism.

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