Former Team Members

Dr. Felix Rauschmayer

Thematic Area Environment and Society

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

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

04/2015 - 06/2016

acting head of the Department of Environmental Politics

04/2012 - 03/2015

deputy head of the Department of Environmental Politics

10/2011 - 06/2016

01/2010 - 05/2018

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 in Economics)

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