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Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers

Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers

Environmental Scientist (Diplom-Umweltwissenschaftler)
Coordinator Resource Efficiency & Circular Economy
Senior Fellow

Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers is a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute and Coordinator of Resource Efficiency & Circular Economy. His work involves analyzing policies concerned with the decoupling of resource use and economic growth, evaluating resource policy and fostering sustainable resource management towards a Circular Economy. He works in English and German and has knowledge of French.

Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers focuses on the following research questions: (1) what drivers lie at the root of (un)sustainable resource use, (2) what role do economic instruments and consumer choices play in achieving decoupling and a sustainability transition, (3) which recommendations can be derived from such research for effective policy mixes and (4) how effectively can those policy mixes support resource efficiency and sustainability targets?

He investigates these research questions in the context of the following research projects:

Models, Potentials and Long-Term Scenarios for Resource Efficiency (SimRess): this 3.5 year UFOPLAN project analyzes the potential effectiveness of different resource policy mixes, making use of model simulations in a system dynamics and econometric model. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers coordinates the SimRess project and is reponsible for trend analysis and the development of policy mix concepts.

Scientific Coordination of Research Projects on a Sustainable Economy (NaWiKo): this 3.5 year BMBF funded project aims at supporting the political and societal impact of the funded research projects through fostering knowledge exchange among the individual projects, synthesizing overarching project results and supporting knowledge transfer and public outreach. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers coordinates the overall NaWiKo-project.

Transformation to Climate Resilient and Resource-conserving Infrastructure (TRAFIS): this 3.5 year UFOPLAN project investigates the development of climate resilient and resource-conserving interlinked infrastructures and supports transformation processes through in depth case studies on communal and regional level with the help of action research. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers supports the research on and development of processes that facilitate transition on a local level using methods from action research.

Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers previously completed his PhD at the Chair of Sustainability Science and Applied Geography of the University of Greifswald (Germany), where he conducted research on factors affecting the feasibility of climate change adaptation in biosphere reserves. From 2006 to 2007, Martin conducted research on climate change and biodiversity at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in the Research Domain Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities.

Dr. Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers studied environmental sciences at Leuphana University of L√ľneburg (Germany) and at the University of Queensland (Australia).