Dr. Mirja Michalscheck
Dr. Mirja Michalscheck
Dr. Mirja Michalscheck

Dr. Mirja Michalscheck

Sustainable Products & Material Flows

Since November 2020, I have been working on the topic of sustainable production and consumption at Oeko-Institut, currently focusing on e-waste and plastic waste in countries of the Global South. Together with my colleagues at Oeko-Institut and our international partner organisations, I am committed to introducing sustainable product standards. For example, we are supporting the development of eco-design guidelines and uniform eco-labels. A centrepiece of my work addresses science communication, i.e. the question of how the various sustainability impacts of products can be presented in an informative and at the same time consumer-friendly way. Our goal is to strengthen the global transfer of knowledge in order to help shape a more sustainable future.


Research focus:

  • Sustainable consumption and products in an international context
  • Resource management


  • Resources and global material cycles
  • Socio-ecological transformation processes
  • Social and environmental standards in global value chains
  • Sustainability cooperation with emerging economies
  • Product evaluation and labelling


  • Semi-structured qualitative and quantitative stakeholder interviews
  • Social network analysis (SNA)
  • Typologies
  • Serious Games

Key projects

  • WEEE recycling sector in Ghana
  • Sustainable approaches to reducing plastic packaging in Asia
  • Transforming production and consumption patterns by strengthening eco-labelling and green public procurement in five Asian countries


Education & Work Experience

  • Since 2020: Researcher at the Sustainable Products & Material Flows division at Oeko-Institut
  • Since 2020: Part-time project manager at the University of Basel in the Department of Biomedical Engineering (DBE)
  • Since 2019: Working as a systemic coach and trainer at the Universities of Freiburg (DE), Basel and St. Gallen (CH)
  • 2013-2018: Staff member and from 2014 PhD student of the Farming Systems Ecology (FSE) group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
  • 2012-2020: Self-employed as consultant on environmental issues on behalf of the UN FAO, the European Commission and the Asian Development Bank, among others
  • 2010-2012: Master of Science in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) at the Technical University of Cologne and at the University of Jordan, Amman
  • 2007-2010: Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Resource Management at the Brandenburg University of Technology, Cottbus, and at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile
  • 2006-2007: Au-Pair in Cairo, Egypt

Foreign languages

English, French, Spanish, Dutch and Arabic