Dr Marina Fischer-Kowalski is a Professor and former Director of the Institute for Social Ecology in Vienna. She also chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute on Climate Impact Research, in Germany, and is Vice President of the European Society of Ecological Economics. She developed a model of society-nature interactions, which incorporates analysis of resource use and environmental impacts from population and economic growth. Her social metabolism approach has guided the development of a consistent system for material flow accounting, which is now incorporated in EU statistical accounting. It has also been adopted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and many Asian countries.
Dr Fischer-Kowalski serves on the IRP’s Decoupling Working Group, and co-authored the report, Decoupling Natural Resource Use and Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth. She also coordinated review of the biofuels report. She presented at the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development in 2010, at Rio+20 in 2010, and made a keynote address at the World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland in 2009.
She serves as President and was a founder of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Industrial Ecology and an advisory-board member of the journal Conservation and Society. In addition to her extensive published work in books and academic journals, Dr Fischer-Kowalski is a frequent public speaker on sustainable resource management at major global conferences and academic societies. Dr Fisher-Kowalski earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Vienna, in Austria.