Prof. Dr. Helga Weisz


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

Head of Future Lab Social Metabolism & Impacts

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

I have a background in molecular biology (Mag. rer. nat. from the University of Vienna 1995), cultural studies (Dr. phil. from Humboldt University Berlin, 2002) and social ecology (venia docendi from the University of Klagenfurt, 2006). My research focuses 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. Transforming the industrial metabolism to reduce its environmental and resource impacts, while maintaining its function for human well-being, is a crucial challenge for sustainability. Currently demographic, distributional, health and power implications in various socio-metabolic settings are at the center of my research.