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Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dr. h.c. mult. Klaus Töpfer


Institute for Advanced Sustainabiltiy Studies

Berliner Straße 130
D-14467 Potsdam

Website: http://www.iass-potsdam.de/index.php?id=58&L=2
E-Mail: info@iass-potsdam.de
Phone: +49 331 288223-00
Fax: +49 331 288223-10


Research Interests

Sustainable Development; Environmental Policy


Academic Training

1960-1964 Diploma in Economics (Mainz, Frankfurt a.M., Münster)
1964-1968 PhD in Regional Policy and Location Decision (University of Münster)


Professional Experience

1971-1978 Head of Devision for Planning and Information, Staatskanzlei Saarland
1978-1979 Director of the Institut für Raumforschung und Landesplanung, University of Münster
1978-1985 State Secretary in the Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Environment, Rheinland-Pflalz
1987-1994 Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Security
1994-1998 Federal Minister for Regional Planning, Building and Urban Development
1998-2006 Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UNEP in Nairobi
since 2009/10 Founding Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)


Consultancy in National and International Committees

Consultancy in development policy in Egypt, Malawi, Brazil and Jordan


Professional Service (University)

  • Visiting Professor at the Academy for Administrative Sciences, Speyer (1971-1978);
  • Full Professor at the Institut für Raumforschung und Landesplanung, University of Hannover (1978-1979)
  • Honorary Professor at the University Mainz (1985-1986)
  • Honorary Professor at the University Tübingen (since 2005)
  • Professor for Environment and Sustainable Development at the Tongji University Shanghai (since 2007)
  • Visiting Professor at the Frank-Loeb-Instiut, Universität Landau


Other Professional Service Activities (national and international)

  • Member of the German Advisory Council of the Environment (SRU) and of the Administrative Council of the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (1978-1979)
  • Member of the Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) (since 2001)


Honors, Awards, Nominations and Special Appointments (only 2000 >)

  • Great Federal Cross of Merit (1990)
  • Honorary Doctorate, Brandenburg Technical University, Cottbus (1998)
  • German Enviroment Award of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (2002)
  • Honorary Doctorate, Free University Berlin, University of Duisburg-Essen, University Hannover, Contemporary Technical University Lausanne, Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (2002-2007)
  • German Sustainability Award for his lifework (2008)


Selected
peer-reviewed publications

  • Töpfer, K., 1969. Regionalpolitik und Standortentscheidung. Die Beeinflussung privater Pläne, dargestellt an den unternehmerischen Standortentscheidungen. Bertelsmann Universitätsverlag.
  • Töpfer, K. & Jansen, P.G., 1970. Zur Bestimmung von Mängeln der gewachsenen Infrastruktur. Jochimsen, R. & Simonis, U. E. (eds.), Theorie und Praxis der Infrastrukturpolitik (Schriften des Vereins für Sozialpolitik), Berlin, pp. 401-426.
  • Töpfer, K., 1988. Ökologische Modernisierung des Industriestaates aus der Sicht der Bundes. Ellwein et. al. (eds.), Jahrbuch zur Staats- und Verwaltungswissenschaft, vol. 2, Baden Baden, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, pp. 239-276.
  • Töpfer, K., 1989. Zur Funktion von Abgaben in der Umweltpolitik. Sonderveröffentlichung des Finanzwissenschaftlichen Forschungsinstituts an der Universität zu Köln, Nr. 17, Köln.
  • Töpfer, K., 1989. Europäischer Binnenmarkt, Energieversorgung und Schutz der Umwelt, Zeitschrift für Energiewirtschaft, vol. 13, Braunschweig, pp. 178-186.
  • Töpfer, K., Bauer, F., 2007. Arche in Aufruhr: Was wir tun müssen, um die Erde zu retten. Fischer Verlag.