Prof. Stefan Bringezu is Director at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, in Germany. He heads the Institute’s Research Group on Material Flows and Resource Management. He is also Professor for Sustainable Resource Management at the Centre of Environmental Systems Research of the University of Kassel.
For the IRP, Stefan co-chairs the Working Groups on Land & Soil and Biofuels. He was Lead Coordinating Author of the report Assessing biofuels: towards sustainable production and use of resources, published in 2009, and has also served on the Metals Flows Working Group.
His fields of study encompass the analysis of the socio-industrial metabolism and related land use, and the instruments to sustain resource supply, use and waste management. He has pioneered methods such as material flow analysis, which is rapidly becoming a widely accepted practice.
He has initiated several scientific networks, such as ConAccount, on material flow analysis for sustainability, and is founding member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.
Prof. Bringezu earned a degree in biology and PhD in ecosystems analysis from the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and a post-doctoral degree at Germany’s Technical University of Berlin.
Prof. Bringezu is co-editor and main author of a pilot publication: S. Bringezu, R. Bleischwitz (contr. Eds.) (2009): Sustainable Resource Management - Global Trends, Visions and Policies (Greenleaf Publishers, Sheffield).