Dr. Ralph Piotrowski
Dr Ralph Piotrowski was a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute. He specialised in questions pertaining to transition to sustainable lifestyles as well as environmental and behavioural psychology. In addition, he focused on dialogue- and transition processes and international relations. He works in German and English, has good knowledge of Dutch and basic knowledge of French and Spanish.
Dr Ralph Piotrowski coordinated InContext, an international research project funded under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Union (EU). InContext examined the interplay between structural conditions and internal factors in building the context for individual behavior. It addressed what people need in order to achieve a sustainable lifestyle. In addition, Dr Ralph Piotrowski was coordinating a three-year project for the Committee on Foreign Affairs (Affaires étrangères, AFET) that provides the European Parliament (EP) with independent expert advice on a range of issues relating to developmental and environmental policy.
Dr Ralph Piotrowski also worked for Ecologic Institute from 1997 to 2000, where he focused on European water and marine policy. He re-joined Ecologic Institute in 2009 and coordinated CALAMAR, a transatlantic stakeholder dialogue on ocean governance.
From 2003 to 2006 Dr Ralph Piotrowski worked at the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation (FES). Among other things, he coordinated the German-Chinese Human Rights Dialogue and was part of a reconciliation group of trade unions and a major German political party.
Dr Ralph Piotrowski studied administrative science and international policy at the University of Konstanz (Germany) and participated to the European Studies Programme of the University of Tilburg (Netherlands). His Ph.D. at the department of transatlantic foreign and security policy at the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany) was sponsored by the FES and included a research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC. His doctoral thesis focused on the implications of language patterns on political behaviour. Currently, he is completing training at the Institute for Client-Centered Psychotherapy (IGB) in Stuttgart (Germany).