Areas of Expertise

  • International climate and energy policy, biodiversity
  • Sustainability in international development cooperation
  • “Degrowth” and “green growth” in international politics


German, English

Reinhard Loske is a professor of sustainability and transformation dynamics at Universität Witten/Herdecke and a senior associate fellow at DGAP. He has long been active with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and served as the city of Bremen’s senator for environment, construction, transportation, and European affairs from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, from 1998 to 2007, he served in the German Bundestag as the vice-chair of the Green Party (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) and as that party’s spokesperson on environmental policy, among other positions. In 2008, the Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft awarded him with the Adam Smith Prize for Environmental Economic Policy.

Loske studied economics and political science in Paderborn, 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. Loske earned his habilitation and Dr. rer. Pol. degrees with a study entitled “Sustainability as Policy” at the Freie Universität Berlin’s Otto Suhr Institute. From 1992 to 1998, he was a scholar at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy, serving, among other positions, as head of the interdisciplinary research group on “Germany’s Preparedness for the Future.”

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).

Dr. Reinhard Loske



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