Joachim H. Dr. Spangenberg

Curriculum vitae

Personal information

Surname(s) / First name(s) Spangenberg Joachim H.

Address 97-99 Vorsterstrasse, D-51103, Cologne, Germany

Telephone +49-221-2168 -95

Mobile +49-171-3253105

Fax +49-221-2168 -94



Nationality German

Date of birth 27-05-1955

Gender/marital status M / divorced, no kids



Key Research Interest Scenario development (narratives and illustration by modelling, backcasting sustainability scenarios), following the SAS (storyline and simulation) approach, with storylines developed by interdisciplinary discourses, including socio-economic, land use, research, environ-ment/climate and other policies, economic, environmental and consumption consequences, impacts on biodiversity, resource consumption, growth, employment etc. Complementary shock scenarios serve to illustrate the impacts of extreme events, the uncertainties inherent to scenarios and the range of possible futures.

Sustainability scenarios necessarily include adaptation and mitigation driven by policy choices, deal with socio-economic uncertainties (incl. growth, trade, resource availability, land use,…). They need to be discussed with and endorsed by stakeholders regarding their real-world adequacy.

Inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability analyses (including biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainable consumption) are the basis for scenario development. This includes conceptual work on systems complexity analysis, economic sustainability and limits to economic valuation and GDP growth.

Sustainability concepts, strategies and indicators (incl. multi-dimensional economic sus-tainability) one output of the scenario work, as are monitoring systems for policy imple-mentation and economic, environmental and social sustainability performance.


Work experience

2010-2011 Agent contractuel, Université Versailles St.-Quentin-en-Yvelines

Since 2009 Global Fellow, Econoving International Chair, Université Paris Sud

2009-2010 Research Coordinator, Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI Germany, Cologne, Germany. Projects on socio-economic aspects of sustainable development, policy scenarios and their impacts on environment, climate and biodiversity, design and evaluation of national sustainable development strategies.

2008-2010 International expert for the EU-China Biodiversity Cooperation Programme, Review and Assessment of Research on Biodiversity Adaptation and Climate Change Mitigation in China, exploring future cooperation possibilities.


Senior Scientist, Helmholtz Centre for Environment Research, Dept. Community Ecology, Leipzig, Germany. ALARM coordination team, development of storylines and scenarios for the assessment of direct and indirect drivers of biodiversity loss.

Since 2004 Professeur invite, Université Versailles St.-Quentin-en-Yvelines, C3ED


Director, European sustainability strategies, Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI, Vienna, Austria. National and European sustainable development strategies analysis, incl. sustainability indicators and socio-economics of biodiversity.

2000-2002 Free lancing, o.a. as international expert for UNDP Central Asia and UNDP Kazakhstan, studies for the OECD, the NRW Science Centre, LEAD Europe, several universities, HBS Foundation, RLS Foundation.

1995-1997 Associate fellow, WZB Science Centre for the Social Sciences, Berlin. Project on impacts of working time reduction.

1994-1995 Lecturer for Technology Assessment, Technical University Dortmund. Assessing biotech-nology.

1992-1999 Program Director “Sustainable Societies” 1997-1999; Project Director “Sustainable Europe” 1994-1996, Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment Energy, Wuppertal.

Coordination of the DSD Advisory Board and assistant to the president, 1992-1993, Wup-pertal Institute for Climate Environment Energy, Wuppertal.

1987-2001 Founder and director, WIITT GmbH. Environmental and TA consultancy

1987/88, 1992/93 Junior Research fellow, IEEP Institute for European Environment Policy, Bonn. Analysing biotechnology legislation risk coverage.

1987-1989 Lecturer, Public Administration University FHöV NRW. Environment and law.

1985-1991 Assistant to several MPs, scientific staff member of the socio-democratic faction in the Federal German Parliament.




Education and training

2004 Dr. rer. pol. (PhD) Sustainability economics: economic sustainability and the sustainability of the economy Universität Bremen

1986 Cand. Ökologe (BSc), Interdisciplinary environmental assessment and planning. Universität Essen

1983 Dipl. Biologe (MSc), Theoretical Biology and systems modelling. Universität zu Köln

1974-1976 Ambulance man, German Red Cross


Social skills and competences Experienced in leadership from professional experience as team leader and a moderator (e.g. for the development of a new national Sustainable Development Strategy for the government of Lux-embourg), and from voluntary work in the boards or as chairman of several environment, development and science NGOs.

Organisational skills and competences Experiences in organisation and management as (co-)organiser of conferences and consultations, discourses and stakeholder dialogues, project acquisition and management, editing books and journal issues, and as a team leader.

Memberships & Affiliations IPCC AR5, SREX and Socio-economic scenarios, AR4 review author (economics and modelling)

IUCN CEM Commission on Ecosystem Management, member

ISEE, ESEE, VÖÖ (Int., European and German Societies for Ecological Economics), member

ISDRS (International Sustainable Development research society), member

European Alternative Economists, Brussels/Bremen, member

INES (International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility), Executive Committee member

Friends of the Earth Germany, Economics and Finance Expert Group, Chairman

EKvW (Reformed Church of Westphalia), environmental committee member

Co-founder SERI, Vienna, Austria 1999, Vice President ever since

Founding Chairman, SERI Germany, Cologne, 2005; since 2007 Deputy Chair

Advisory board & expert group mem-berships Projects by Hans Böckler Foundation, Lund University, Bremen University, UfZ Leipzig/Halle, …

(Former) member of expert groups and advisory boards for German ministries (Environment, Labour, Research and Education, Economic Cooperation and Development);

for the European Commission (DG REG, DG ENV); for the OECD;

for UN DESA (Expert Group Sustainable Consumption & Production CCPP 1997, Sustainability Indi-cators1998-2000, Sustainability Strategies 2005).

Editorial board memberships Sustainable Development, Int. J. Sustainable Development, BioRisk Journal, Global Responsibility, perspektiven ds.

Additional information




Peer in the review process of the Netherlands national sustainability strategy.

Sustainability Strategy review work for the European Commission and the Council of Europe.

Coaching the development process for a new National Sustainable Development Strategy of the Grand Duché de Luxembourg

Selected Publications 2006-2010

(In total more than 350 publications, thereof more than 40 papers in peer reviewed journals and 15 books)

Reginster, Isabelle, Rounsevell, Mark, Riguelle, François, Carter, Timothy R., Fronzek, Stefan, Omann, Ines, Spangenberg, Joachim H., Stocker, Andrea, Bondeau, Alberte, Hickler, Thomas (in press). The effects of alternative socio-economic and environmental policies on European land use from 2006 to 2080. Land Use Policy.

Spangenberg, Joachim H., Carter, Tim R., Fronzek, Stefan, Jaeger, Jill, Jylhä, Kirsti, Kühn, Ingolf, Omann, Ines, Paul, Alex, Reginster, Isabelle, Rounsevell, Mark, Stocker, Andrea, Sykes, Martin T., Settele, Josef (in press). Scenarios for investigating risks to biodiversity. Global Ecology and Biogeography

Chytrý, Milan, Wild, Jan, Pyšek, Petr, Jarošík, Vojtěch. Dendoncker, Nicolas, Reginster, Isabelle, Pino, Joan, Maskell, Linday C., Vilà, Montserrat, Kühn, Ingolf, Spangenberg, Joachim H., Settele, Josef (in press). Projecting plant invasions in Europe under different scenarios of future land use change. Global Ecology and Biogeography.

Spangenberg, Joachim H., Niestroy, Ingeborg (in press). Policy Learning durch Peer Reviews. Reinhard Steurer, Gerald Berger; Rita Trattnigg, Governance von Nachhaltiger Entwicklung. München: oekom Verlag.

Harrington, R., Anton, C. Dawson, T. P., de Bello, F. Feld, C. K., Haslett, J. R., Kluva’nkova-Oravska, T., Kontogianni, A., Lavorel, S., Luck, G. W., Rounsevell, M. D. A., Samways, M. J., Settele, J., Skourtos, M., Spangenberg, J. H., Vandewalle, M., Zobel, M., Harrison, P. A. (2010). Ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation: concepts and a glossary. Biodiversity and Conservation 19(10): 2773-2790.

Spangenberg, Joachim H., Fuad-Luke, Alastair, Blincoe, Karen (2010). Design for Sustainability (DfS): the interface of sustainable production and consumption. Journal of Cleaner Production 18(15): 1485-1493.

Spangenberg, Joachim H., Settele, Josef (2010). Precisely incorrect? Monetising the value of ecosystem services. Ecological Complexity 7(3): 327-337.

Spangenberg, Joachim H. (2010). The growth discourse, policies and sustainable development: Two thought experiments. J. Cleaner Production. 18(6): 561-566.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2010). World civilisations at crossroads: Towards an expansionist or a sustainable future—Lessons from history. Futures 42(6): 565-573.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2010). A European Methodology for Sustainable Development Strategy Reviews. Environmental Policy and Governance 20(2): 123-134.

Settele, Josef, Penev, Lyubomir, Georgiev, Teodor, Grabaum, Ralf, Grobelnik, Vesna, Hammen, Volker, Klotz, Stefan, Kotarac, Mladen and Kühn, Ingolf (Eds) (2010) Atlas of Biodiversity Risk. Pensoft Publ., Sofia/Moscow. Therein:

Spangenberg, Joachim H., O’Connor, Martin (2010). Sustainability Science: A New Mode of Science. Another Step in the Evolution of Science Paradigms. Global Responsibility 61: 13-15.

Spangenberg Joachim H., Settele, Josef (2009). Biofuels: Steer Clear of Degraded Land. Science 326 (4 December 2009): 1346 [DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5958.1346-a].

Spangenberg, Joachim H., Settele, Josef (2009). Bio-fuels for bio-fools? The promises and limits of bioenergy. Journal of International Relations 20(6): 89-108.

Binimelis, Rosa, Spangenberg, Joachim H., Martinez-Alier, Joan (Guest eds)(2009). Special scetion: The DPSIR framework for Biodiversity Assessment. Ecological Economics 69(1): 9-75.


Spangenberg, Joachim H., Martinez-Alier, Joan, Omann, Ines, Monterroso, Iliana, Binimelis, Rosa, (2009). The DPSIR scheme for ana-lysing biodiversity loss and developing preservation strategies. Editorial. Ecological Economics 69(1): 9-11.

Maxim, Laura, Spangenberg, Joachim H., O’Connor, Martin (2009). An analysis of risks for biodiversity under the DPSIR framework. Ecological Economics 69(1): 12-23.

Maxim, Laura, Spangenberg, Joachim H. (2009). Driving forces of chemical risks for European biodiversity. Ecological Economics 69(1):43-54.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2009). Sustainable Development Indicators: towards integrated systems as a tool for managing and monitoring a complex transition. Int. J. Global Environmental Issues 9(4): 318-337.

Blincoe, Karen, Fuad-Luke, Alastair, Spangenberg, Joachim H., Thomson, Michael, Holmgren, Dag, Jaschke, Karin, Ainsworth, Tom, Tylka, Karolina (2009). DEEDS: a teaching and learning resource to help mainstream sustainability into everyday design teaching and professional practice. Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development 4(1): 1-23.

Rodriguez-Labajos, Beatriz, Spangenberg, Joachim H., Maxim, Laura, Martinez-Alier, Joan, Binimelis, Rosa, Gallai, Nicola, Kuldna, Piret, Monterroso, Iliana, Peterson, Kaja, Uustal, Meelis, (eds)(2009). Assessing biodiversity risks with socio-economic methods: The ALARM experience. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia/Moscow, 366 p.


Rodriguez-Labajos, Beatriz, Spangenberg, Joachim H., Maxim, Laura, Binimelis, Rosa, Kuldna, Piret, Monterroso, Iliana, Peterson, Kaja, Uustal, Meelis (2009). The socio-economics of biodiversity risks: Reasons for and methods of analysis, and their application in case studies: 13-30.

Maxim, Laura, Spangenberg, Joachim H., Monterroso, Iliana, Binimelis, Rosa, Rodriguez-Labajos, Beatriz, Peterson, Kaja, Kuldna, Piret, Uustal, Meelis, Martinez-Alier, Joan (2009). Methods for the socio-economics of biodiversity: lessons from ALARM: 327-366.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2009). Gerechtigkeit im Treibhaus. In R. Braun, F. Brickwedde, T. Held, E. Neugebohrn, O. von Uexküll (Hg.). Kriege um Ressourcen: Herausforderungen für das 21. Jahrhundert München: ökom. Verlag: 217-228

Spangenberg, J.H. (2008). Second Order Governance: Learning Processes to Identify Indicators. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management 15(3): 125-139.

Settele, J., Spangenberg, J. H., Kühn, I. (2008). Large projects can create useful partnerships. Nature 453, 12 June 2008: 850.

O’Connor, M., Spangenberg, J.H. (2008). A Methodology for CSR Reporting: Assuring a representative diversity of indicators across stakeholders, scales, sites and performance issues. Journal of Cleaner Production 16(13): 1399-1415.

Spangenberg, J.H. (ed) (2008). Sustainable Development - Past Conflicts and Future Challenges. Taking Stock of the Sustainability Discourse. Westfälisches Dampfboot, Münster. 296 p.


Spangenberg, J.H. (2008). Sustainability Strategies – History, Concepts, Relevance (editorial): 7-19.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2008). Sustainability beyond environmentalism: the missing dimensions: 114-149.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2008). Biomass or Biomess? The promises and limits of bioenergy. F. Barbir, S. Ulgiati (eds), Sustainable Energy Production and Consumption. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series – C: Environmental Security. Dordrecht, NL, Springer: 55-66.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2008). Sozialökologischer Umbau ist Umbau von (Re-) Produktivität. Oder: Anders leben, arbeiten und konsumieren. In Judith Dellheim, Günter Krause (Hg.), Für eine neue Alternative. Herausforderungen einer sozialökologischen Transformation. RLS Manuskripte 77, Berlin, Karl Dietz Verlag: 47-62.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2008). Gerechter Zugang zu den Ressourcen – Beiträge zu einem nachhaltigen Klimaschutz. In MOEWe Amt für Mission, Ökumene und Kirchliche Weltverantwortung, Institut Kirche und Gesellschaft, Institut Südwind, Vereinte Evangelische Mission (Hg.), Kirche und Globalisierung. Wuppertal, Foedus-Verlag: 35-60.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2008). Globalisierung, Klima, Konflikte. Ralph-M. Luedtke, Peter Strutynski (Eds), Die Neuvermessung der Welt. Herrschafts- und Machtverhältnisse im globalisierten Kapitalismus. Kassel, Jenior Verlag: 55-66.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2008). Growth and Sustainable Development. Fabrice Flipo, Francois Schneider (Eds), Economic Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, Proceedings of the First International Degrowth Conference, Paris, 18-19 April 2008. Paris, Research & Degrowth: 119-124.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2008). Biodiversity and Sustainable Consumption. A qualified analysis and unqualified suggestions. ANPED Working Paper Series.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2007). Integrated scenarios for assessing biodiversity risks. Sustainable Development 15(6): 343-356.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2007). Biodiversity pressures and the driving forces behind. Ecological Economics 61(1): 146-158.

Spangenberg, J.H., Omann, I. (2007). Assessing Social Sustainability. Int. J. Innovation & Sustainable Development 1(4): 318-348.

Settele, J., Kühn, I., Klotz, I., Hammen, V., Spangenberg, J.H. (2007). Is the EC Afraid of Its Own Visions? Science 315: 1220.

Settele, Josef, Hammen, Volker, Klotz, Stefan, Spangenberg, Joachim H., Kühn, Ingolf (2007). Den Biodiversitätsverlust stoppen. Methoden zur Risikoabschätzung und Strategien zur Verringerung. Ökologisches Wirtschaften 2007(3): 39-42.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2007). The Institutional Dimension of Sustainable Development. In Tomáš Hak, Bedřich Moldan, Arthur Lyon Dahl (Eds.), Sustainability Indicators. A Scientific Assessment. SCOPE Books Series No. 67, Washington, Island Press: 107-124.

Karlsson, S., Dahl, A. L., Biggs, R. (O.), ten Brink, B. J.E., Guitiérrez-Espeleta, E., Hasan, M. N. H.., Laumann, G., Moldan, B., Singh, A., Spangenberg, J. H., Stanners, D.(2007). Meeting conceptual challenges. In Tomáš Hak, Bedřich Moldan, Arthur Lyon Dahl (Eds.), Sustainability Indicators. A Scientific Assessment. SCOPE Books Series No. 67, Washington, Island Press: 27-48.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2007). Defining Sustainable Growth: The Inequality of Sustainability and its Applications. Stephanie D. Antonello (Ed.), Frontiers in Ecology Research, New York, Nova Science Publishers: 97-140.

Spangenberg, Joachim H. (2007). Das Überlebensspiel – Ökologische und soziale Folgen von Wirtschaftswachstum und Effizienzstrategien für Schwellen- und Entwicklungsländer. In: Sven Rudolph (Hg.), Wachstum, Wachstum über alles?. Marburg, Metropolis: 245-176.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2006). Towards integrated long-term scenarios for assessing biodiversity risks. Revista Internacional de Sostenibilidad, Tecnologia y Humanismo 1(1): 91-102.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2006). Structural Indicators: Towards systemic structures as the basis for future EU policies. In: European Communities (Ed.), 29th CEIES Seminar, Expert Meeting Statistics – “Structural Indicators”. Eurostat News, 2005 Edition (also in German and French). Luxembourg, Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities: 143-163

Spangenberg, J.H. (2006). The Economic Sustainability of the Economy – Assessing the Sustainability of a Complex System by Applying Orientor Theory. In: Walter Leal Filho, Arnold Ubelis, Doris Berz (Eds), Sustainable Development in the Baltic and Beyond. Frankfurt/Main, Verlag Peter Lang: 25-42.

Spangenberg, J.H., O’Connor, M. (2006). Ciencia para la sostenibilidad en el Espacio de Investigación Europeo: descripciones, definiciones y retos. In: CiMA – Jorge Riechmann (coord.), Perdurar en un planeta habitable. Ciencia, tecnologia y sostenibilidad. Icaria Ed., Barcelona: 149-184.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2006). Society and its products. In: Ireneusz Zbicinski, John Stavenuiter, Barbara Kozlowska, Hennie P.M. van de Coevering, Product Design and Life Cycle Assessment. Uppsala, Baltic University Press: 17-28.

Spangenberg, J.H. (2006). Sustainable Development – A Challenge to Governance. In: Lars Ryden (Ed.), Realising a Common Vision for a Baltic Sea Eco-Region, Report from a Research Symposium on Sustainable Development Patterns, Immanuel Kant State University of Russia, Kaliningrad, 28-29 October 2005. Uppsala, Baltic 21/Baltic University Program: 13-20.

European Commission, DG ENV (Ed) (2006). PRIME-SD, Peer Review Improvements through Mutual Exchange on Sustainable Development. A guidebook for peer reviews of national sustainability strategies, by Clare Coffey, Joachim H. Spangenberg, David Wilkinson, Stefan Giljum, Clare Monkhouse, Brussels, European Commission, DG ENV, 60 p.

4 Documents d’analyse/working papers/articles