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Klaus Rennings

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Short biography

Dr. Klaus Rennings is Vice Head of the Research area “Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Management” of the Centre of European Economic Research (ZEW) since 1994. He made his PhD 1994 at the University of Muenster, Institute of Transport Economics, with a thesis on “Indicators of Sustainable Development”. During the same time he was assistant at the “German Council of Environmental Advisors”, an interdisciplinary advisory council of environmental scientists for the Federal Government. His doctoral thesis was finished and published 1994 with the title “Sustainability Indicators”.

His main fields of research are:

Specification of rules, indicators, and strategies for sustainable economic activities
Determinants and economic impacts of environmental innovations
Eco-innovation policies
Sustainability Impacts Assessment

Klaus Rennings has widely published in journals such as Ecological Economics and Journal of Evolutionary Economics. He is experienced as leader of big national and international projects since 10 year, including the EU STRATA network Blueprint (“Blueprints for an Integration of Science, Technology and Environmental Policy”) and the EU Project I.Q. Tools (“Indicators and Quantitative Tools for Improving the Process of Impact Assessment for Sustainability”). His project co-ordinations include two big projects funded by the German Ministry of Research, “Lead Market Strategies: First Mover, Early Follower and Late Follower” and “The Social Dimension of the Rebound Effect”. He is member of the committee environmental and resource economics of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik).

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