Prof. Dr. Christa Liedtke

Head of division “Sustainable Production and Consumption” at the Wuppertal Institute
Chair of Sustainability in Design, Folkwang University of the Arts/Industrial Design 


Career milestones

  • 1983-1990 diploma and teaching diploma (secondary schools) in Biology at the University of Essen (-1984) and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn, and teaching diploma (secondary schools) in Prot. theology.
  • 1993 Doctor of Science., Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University, Bonn
  • 1992-1993 Head of the research group “Monoclonal antibodies”, Chair of Cytology, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn
  • 1993 Project Manager, Department Material Flows and Structural Change, Wuppertal Institute
  • 2000 Head of the research group “Eco-efficiency & Sustainable Enterprises”, Wuppertal Institute
  • 2003 – 2018 Head of the research group “Sustainable Production and Consumption”, Wuppertal Institute
  • since 2018 Head of the division “Sustainable Production and Consumption, Wuppertal Institute
  • 2012-2016 visiting professorship for Sustainability Research in Design, at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Industrial Design Department
  • Since 2016 part-time professorship for Sustainability Research in Design at the Folkwang University of the Arts, Industrial Design Department



  • July 2019: appointment to the Expert Council for Consumer Affairs of the BMJV
  • Since 2019: Network Living Labs of Sustainability (Reallabore der Nachhaltigkeit)
  • Since 2018: Leadership Council of the SDSN Germany
  • Since 2015: Consumer Research Network of the BMJV
  • Since 2013: Chairwoman of the Resource Commission of the Federal Environment Agency
  • Since 2013: Member of the German Association of the Club of Rome
  • Since 2012: Member of the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Work and Environment of the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industries Union, Hanover
  • 2012: Expert in the German Chancellor’s Future Dialogue “Human and Successful – Dialogue on Germany’s Future”, Expert Dialogue, AG Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften
  • Factor X Network
  • Since 2011: Advisory Board iSuN Institute for Sustainable Nutrition at the FH Münster
  • 2011 -2014 Appointment to the BMELV Scientific Advisory Board on Consumer and Nutrition Policy
  • Since 2010: Network for Low-Carbon-Societies (LCS R-Net)
  • Since 2009: Jury for German Sustainability Award/Company
  • International Factor 10 Innovation Network
  • 2005 – 2018: Co-editor factorY – magazine for sustainable business management



  • Research strategies in the field of sustainable production and consumption
  • Assessment of resource efficiency (material flow analyses, LCA-MIPS) and sustainability (indicator systems) of and in value chains
  • Analysis and change options of action patterns in production and consumption
  • User-integrated product service development (Sustainable LivingLabs)