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Paul Burger

Paul Burger

University of Basel


Born 1956, initially trained as a technician, he studied philosophy and history (doctorate 1992, habilitation 1997), was scientific assistant for philosophy in Basel und Luzern, SNF-research fellow, lecturer at the universities of St. Gallen, Fribourg, Innsbruck, Maribor, and from 1998-2005 head of the interfaculty teaching program People Society Environment at the University of Basel; since 2006 he has been in charge of the Sustainability Research Group and responsible for the social sciences within the tri-faculty Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Basel; among others he is currently head of trinational Upper Rhine Cluster for Sustainability Research (give link), head of the SCCER-CREST work package 2 on change of behavior and member of the SCCER-CREST board.

Research Interest

Among his research interests are theoretical foundations for sustainable development including its normative basis as well as approaches to human-nature-interrelations, empirical research on governance of sustainable development in general and of change of individual behavior in particular, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding individual behavior in the energy sector; the role of quality of life issues within sustainability transformation in the North and the South, and epistemology and methodology of inter- und transdisciplinary research.