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Clemens Mader, Dr.

Research Associate

Phone: +41 58 765 73 59

Address: EMPA, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen

Dr. Clemens Mader is working as a researcher with the Sustainability Team at University of Zurich as well as the Technology and Society Lab at Empa.


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Clemens’ research focuses in the field of sustainability assessment of technological applications and societal transformations at the interface of education, research, policy and practice.  He is an expert in transdisciplinary research methods and has developed the Graz Model for Integrative Development, a model for process reflection and planning, as well as the Sustainability Profile Matrix, a tool to monitor and assess impact and process development.


Editorial Advisory Board: Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, Emerald:

President: COPERNICUS Alliance – European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development:

Executive Committee: RCE Graz-Styria, University of Graz, Austria:

Advisory Board: RCE Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Businesses, Austria:

Scientific Advisory Board: Sekem Österreich:

Advisory Board: HochN:

Short Bio

Dr. Clemens Mader grew up in the Austrian alps. He holds a MSc. in Environmental System Science with an emphasis on Human Geography from University of Graz, Austria. After studies he worked as president of oikos International, the International Student Organisation for Sustainable Economics and Management, based at University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). In 2006 Clemens came back to University of Graz where he was founder and director of the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development Graz-Styria and finished his PhD (with distinction) in Human Geography, Sustainability and Innovation Sciences (2009). From 2012 - 2015 Clemens was Visiting Professor for Environment and Sustainability at Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany). Further positions include visiting lecturer at University of Hiroshima (Japan, 2008) and a visiting professorship at University of Novi Sad (Serbia, 2009, 2010). Since 2014 he works as a research associate with the Sustainability Team at University of Zurich and since 2017 as scientist at the Technology and Society Lab at Empa.