Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Gerolf Hanke

Senior Researcher

Special Expertise

Main areas of research: Sustainable products and consumption


  • Transformation research
  • Sustainable food systems, regionalisation of food systems
  • Resilience, post-growth, sufficiency


  • Qualitative social research
  • Transdisciplinary sustainability research
  • Trend analysis

Key Projects

  • Social aspects of environmental policy – sub-project 1: analysis and environmental policy implications
  • Sustainable management: Socio-ecological transformation of the food system. Shaping the future by involving pioneers of change and economically relevant actors
  • Market observation of sustainable consumption: Market analysis and interventions to promote green products, with respect to the sustainable consumption goals of the German Sustainability Strategy
  • Citizens’ participation and social inclusion as a building block for the implementation of the National Programme for Sustainable Consumption
  • Commitment to sustainable public welfare
  • Resilient supply systems – strategies for a socio-ecological transformation

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 2020: Researcher at Öko-Institut, Sustainable Products & Material Flows Division
  • 2018-2019: Researcher at Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) in the department for fundamental issues, sustainability strategies and resource conservation
  • 2013-2018: Associate Education Officer at Eine Welt Forum e.V., Freiburg
  • 2008-2011: Research Assistant and Tutor at University of Freiburg in the Institutes of Sociology, Human Genetics & Anthropology and Forest Economics
  • 2006-2012: Master of Arts (Magister Artium) in Sociology, biological anthropology, and European ethnology, University of Freiburg

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