Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), Department of Economic and Social Sciences BOKU - Univ. of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
I am working since more than 25 years on issues of multi-scalar environmental politics and critical state theory. In this context, I developed an approach to societal relations with nature (see my Habilitation Görg 2003), building on the Critical Theory of the so-called Frankfurt School, but with a strong link to inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and methods. In my empirical research, I have focused on biodiversity and ecosystem services, on landscape governance and on climate change and climate adaptation politics. Further, I was engaged in improving the Science-Policy-Interface, in particular concerning ecosystem service assessments at several levels, and I have been involved in the establishment of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services).
More recently, since I joined the Institute of Social Ecology in 2015, I became familiar with socio-metabolic research and synthesized my former work with research on socio-metabolic transitions and colonization of nature towards an innovative approach on Social-Ecological Transformations. I am currently also involved in the ERC Advanced Grant MatStocks, led by my colleague Helmut Haberl, focusing on the nexus between recourse flows, the building of stocks (infrastructures) and the services they provide for human societies, co-leading a module on social-ecological transformations.