Dr. Reinhard Loske

Senior Associate Fellow

Areas of Expertise

  • International climate and energy policy, biodiversity
  • Sustainability in international development cooperation
  • "Degrowth" and "Green Growth" in international politics




Email: loske@af.dgap.org
Website: www.loske.de

Reinhard Loske (b. 1959) is a professor of sustainability and transformation dynamics at Universität Witten/ Herdecke and a senior associate fellow at the DGAP. He has long been active with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and served between 2007 and 2011 as the city of Bremen’s Senator for Environment, Construction, Transportation, and European Affairs. Prior to that he was in the German Bundestag (1998–2007), as the vice-chair of the green party (Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen) and as that party’s spokesperson on environmental policy, among other positions.

Loske studied economics and political science in Padeborn, Nottingham, and Bonn. He earned his diploma in economics with a thesis on climate problems in the German Democratic Republic and their causes. His doctoral thesis, submitted to the economics faculty at the Universität Kassel, addressed climate policy and the tension between short-term interests and long-term challenges. He earned his Habilitation and Dr. rer. Pol. degrees with a study entitled “Sustainability as Policy” at the Frei Universität’s Otto Suhr Institute in Berlin. From 1992 to 1998 he was a scholar at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy, serving as head of the interdisciplinary research group on “Germany’s Preparedness of the Future” among other things. In 2008 the Forum ökologisch-soziale Marktwirtschaft awarded him with the Adam Smith Prize for Environmental Economic Policy.

His books include The Good Society without Growth (Basilisken Presse, 2013); Abschied vom Wachstumszwang (Basilisken Presse, 2010); Die Zukunft der Infrastrukturen, with Roland Schaeffer) (Metropolis-Verlag 2005), Greening the North: A Post-Industrial Blueprint for Ecology and Equity, with Manfred Linz and Wolfgang Sachs (Zed Books, 1998), Klimapolitik (Metropolis Verlag, 1997), and Zukunftsfähiges Deutschland, with Wolfgang Sachs et al. (Birkhäuser Verlag, 1996).


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Selected Publications

Ecological Wake-Up Call
Al Gore’s global warming warning reviewed by a German Green
by Reinhard Loske
Al Gore has written another controversial book on the global ecological crisis. In An Inconvenient Truth, the man that George W. Bush once mockingly dubbed “Ozone Man” vividly illustrates how the Earth is being heated up by human beings, destroying the resources on which life depends. An Inconvenient Truth is not subtle, it is a piercing wake-up call—and will hopefully have an impact in the United States.
Category: Renewables, Resources and Energy, Worldwide