Dr. Felix Rauschmayer

Division of Social Sciences

Speaker of the
Research Topic Sustainability Transitions

Working Group Governance and Institutions
Working Group Energy

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

phone: ++49 - 341 - 235 1656
fax: ++49 - 341 - 235 45 1656


Dr. Felix Rauschmayer

Areas of Expertise & Research

My work can be subsumed under the heading "creating interdisciplinary methods for transdisciplinary environmental research". I link approaches of different disciplines, e.g. governance evaluation, participatory multicriteria analysis, multi-level governance, capability approach, discourse analysis, needs approaches, theory of planned behaviour, hermeneutics, and introspection, in order to better understand societal conflict situations and to suggest resolution procedures. I apply my research to the fields of nature conservation and biodiversity, the energy turn, or other areas of sustainably living.

Listen to my plenary talk "What about needs? Re-Conceptualising Sustainable Development", given the 20.11.08 at the conference "Sustainable Development – twenty years on" in Lille, France

Curriculum Vitae

since 04/2012

deputy head of the Department of Environmental Politics

since 10/2011

since 01/2010

researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research − UFZ, Department of Environmental Politics

01/2009 - 12/2012

04/2001 - 12/2009

researcher at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research − UFZ, Department of Economics

08/1999 - 03/2001

lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy, University of Leipzig

05/1999 - 07/1999

lecturer at the Institute for economics and social science, faculty of agronomics, Technical University of München

10/1994 - 08/1999

research assistant to Prof. Marggraf at the Institute for Agronomics, University of Göttingen (time off: 05 - 07/1999), graduated as Dr. rer. pol. (university of Heidelberg in 12/1999)

09/1986 - 12/1993

student in Economics at the universities of Augsburg, Tübingen, Bonn and Heidelberg (time off: 12/1989 - 02/1991), graduated as Diplom-Volkswirt (equivalent to M.sc. in Economics)

Current Projects

Completed Projects

→ Development of Transferable Multi-criteria Decision Tools in Environmental Management


European Society for Ecological Economics ESEE
(member of the board 2001-2012)

Organisation of conferences

"Below the Waterline. How to integrate needs, values, emotions into societal processes towards sustainable development", ESF-funded Exploratory Workshop, 1-3.6.2011, Vienna, Austria

"Governance of Natural Resources in a Multi-Level Context", final conference of the GoverNat project, 20-22.1.2010, Leipzig, Germany

"Integrating natural and social sciences for sustainability", 7th conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, 5.-8.6.2007, UFZ Leipzig

"International Science-Policy Interfaces for Biodiversity Governance", International workshop, 2.-4.12.2006, UFZ Leipzig

"New Strategies for Solving Environmental Conflicts: Potentials for Combining Participation and Multicriteria Analysis", Sommersymposium, 26.-28.6.2002, UFZ Leipzig

"Nature in and Nature of Multicriteria Decision Aid", 55th workshop of the European Working Group "Multicriteria Aid for Decision", 14.-16.3.2002, UFZ Leipzig

Teaching Experiences

14 courses (1995 - 2002) given on:

  • Economics: macro-economics, environmental economics and economics of nature conservation
  • Ethics: environmental ethics, business ethics, utilitarianism, rationality, Adam Smith
  • Related Fields: environmental policy, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in economic, agronomic, and philosophical faculties in Göttingen, Gießen, München, and Leipzig, as well as in the HHL − Leipzig Graduate School of Management.

Over 60 courses on Non-Violent Communication