christian rammel

Dr. Christian Rammel (b. 1972) is currently working as a lecturer and research fellow at both the Department of Anthropology and the Institute of Ecology and Conservation Biology at the University of Vienna, Austria. He is trained in human ecology and ecological economics. His PhD thesis in human ecology dealt with an evolutionary perspective on sustainable development and environmental policies. His experience covers co-evolutionary theories, communal resource management and innovation systems. During his academic career, he visited the University of Harare (Zimbabwe), the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). Research projects conducted have focused on sustainability conflicts and the implementation of sustainable development in areas such as resource management, science-society-interfaces and sustainable technology transfer.
Between 2001 and 2002, on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, he co-ordinated a national research project dealing with the conflicts and opportunities related to the implementation of energy efficiency in Austria. He has also worked for the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management and the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture as project co-ordinator in the field of "education for sustainable development" since 2001. Since 2005 he is a member of the board of directors of the European Society of Ecological Economics and member of the UNECE expert group on indicators of education for sustainable development.

areas of interest

Sustainable development, evolution theory, ecological economics, natural resource management, innovation theories, panarchy, socio-ecological resilience, transition management.

selected references

Rammel, C., 1998: Market Economy and Sustainable Development – Case Study CAMPFIRE/Zimbabwe ( Marktwirtschaft und Nachhaltige Entwicklung – Fallbeispiel CAMPFIRE/Zimbabwe ) Vienna: University of Vienna.

Forum Environmental Education, et al. 1993: Sustainable Development – Liveable Future ( Nachhaltige Entwicklung – Lebenswerte Zukunft ) Vienna: Forum Environmental Education.

Rammel, C., & Staudinger, M., 2000: Competition and Selection in Short-Term Adaptive and Long-Term Stable Systems - Consequences of Evolutionary Processes in the Context of Sustainable Development. Presented at the ESEE 2000 in Vienna

Rammel, C., 2001: Lessons from the Red Queen. Presented at the Frontiers I “Fundamental issues of ecological economics”, Cambridge, 4-7 July 2001

Albert, R., Rammel, C., Egger-Steiner, M., Kastenhofer, K., 2001: Science and Sustainability ( Wissenschaft und Nachhaltigkeit ) Forum for Science and Environment – Paper Series of the BMLFUW Vol. 24/2001

Rammel, C., (Ed.) 2002: Sustainable Development - Between Misuse and Alternative ( Nachhaltigkeit – Zwischen Vereinnahmung und Alternative ) Kurswechsel Vol.4/2002

Rammel, C., 2002: Sir Newton, Dr. Pangloss and a world without limits – The neo-classical paradigm and sustainable development ( Sir Newton, Dr. Pangloss und die unbegrenzte Welt. Das neoklassische Paradigma und Nachhaltige Entwicklung ) Kurswechsel Vol.4/2002

Rammel, C., & Staudinger, M., 2002: Sustainable Development, Evolution and Variability. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Global Ecology 9(4): 301-31

Rammel, C., & Van den Bergh, J., 2003: An Evolutionary Perspective on Sustainable Development Policies: Adaptive Flexibility and Risk Minimising. Ecological Economics, Vol. 47(2-3):121-133.

Rammel, C., 2003: Sustainable development and innovations: Lessons from the Red Queen. International of Journal of Sustainable Development. International Journal of Sustainable Development, Volume 6 (4): 395-416

M. Egger-Steiner, A. Götz, K. Kastenhofer, C. Rammel, 2003: A case study on sustainable development: possibilities and difficulties of thermoenergetic reconstruction of urban buildings ( Umsetzung Nachhaltiger Entwicklung am Beispiel Energieeffizienz: Thermoenergetische Gebäudesanierung - Analyse und Folgerungen ), research report on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW),Vienna.

M. Egger-Steiner, A. Götz, K. Kastenhofer, C. Rammel, 2003: Report on the scenario-workshop Thermo-energetic reconstruction in Austria 2012 ( Tagungsband zum Szenario-Workshop: Thermoenergetische Gebäudesanierung in Österreich 2012 ), research report on behalf of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW), Vienna.

Rammel, C., Hinterberger, F. and Bechtold, U., 2004: Governing Sustainable Development – A co-evolutionary perspective on transitions and change. GOSD Working paper series: .

Rammel, C. and Staudinger, M., 2004: The bridge between diversity and adaptivity: answering McIntosh and Jeffrey. International Journal of Sustainable development and World Ecology,.

Rammel, C. 2005: The Paradox of Sustainable development, In: Maples, A., (ed.) “Sustainable Development: New Research”, Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Kastenhofer, K. and Rammel, C. 2005: Obstacles to and potentials of the societal implementation of sustainable development: a comparative analysis of two case studies. Susdtainability, Science, Practice & Policy,

Farrell, K., Kemp, R., Hinterberger, F., Rammel, C. and Ziegler, R. 2006: *From *for* to governance for sustainable development in Europe: what is at stake for further research? Int. J. Sustainable Development. In press.

Rammel, C., 2006 (ed.): (Co)evolutionary approaches to sustainable development – Special issue. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology. In press.

Rammel, C., Stagl, S. and Wilfing, H., 2006: How to manage coevolving complex systems? – A coevolutionary perspective on natural resource management systems. Journal of Ecological Economics. In press.



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