Arnim Wiek, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Sustainability Transition and Intervention Research Lab

School of Sustainability

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ








Office: WGHL 378

Phone: 1.480.965-2387

Email: arnim.wiek@asu.edu

URL: http://transition.lab.asu.edu


Arnim Wiek is an Associate Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University and the head of the Sustainability Transition and Intervention Research Lab, with affiliations to the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), the School of Public Affairs, and the School of Social Transformation.

He holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (2005), and a Master’s degree in philosophy from the Free University Berlin (1998). He had research and teaching engagements at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (2005-2007), the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2007-2008), the University of Tokyo (Summer 2009), and Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany (Sabbatical 2014-2015).

He is member of the editorial boards of Sustainability Science (Springer), Sustainable Development (Wiley), and the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (Emerald).

Links

http://schoolofsustainability.asu.edu
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Arnim_Wiek/


Current Ph.D. Students

Michael Bernstein (2011–). Transitioning to Responsible Innovation: Testing Upstream Interventions Informed by Sustainability and Anticipatory Governance
Matthew Cohen (2012–). Aligning Process and Context in Public Participation for Sustainable Urban Development
Nigel Forrest (2011–). Urban Sustainability Transitions through Evidence-supported Intervention Practices


Selected Alumni

Daniel Culotta, M.A., Environmental Program Manager, City of Avondale, AZ
Dr. Rider Foley, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Society, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
Dr. David Iwaniec, Postdoctoral Researcher, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Dr. Braden Kay, Sustainability Officer, Solid Waste Division and Green Works Orlando, City of Orlando, FL
Amy Minowitz, M.A., Planning Analyst, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Tempe, AZ
Dr. Lauren Withycombe Keeler, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty Sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany
Dr. Mark Wood Caballero, Director of Sustainability, Campus Ciudad de México, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México City, México
Angie Xiong, M.A., Non-Profit Leadership Fellow, Strategic Energy Innovations, San Rafael, CA


Research

The Sustainability Transition and Intervention Research Lab develops, tests, and evaluates evidence-supported and transformational solutions to sustainability challenges. The group addresses technology governance, urban development, water use, climate change, and public health issues in USA, Canada, Germany, and Costa Rica. To support the implementation of sustainable solutions, the group closely collaborates with government agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and community groups. Learn more at: http://transition.lab.asu.edu

Dr. Wiek is the Principal Investigator of the research grant "Reinvent Phoenix: Cultivating Equity, Engagement, Economic Development and Design Excellence with Transit-Oriented Development" (in collaboration with the City of Phoenix' Planning Department) funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). He also leads research groups conducting sustainability transition and intervention research at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) and at the Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC).



Teaching

The Transition Lab leads a number of educational activities ranging from courses on sustainability research methodology, solution-oriented learning studios to international programs such as the “Global Classroom,” a joint program between ASU and Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany.

Dr. Wiek has published articles on key competencies in sustainability, sustainability curriculum design, teaching sustainability research methodology, problem- and project-based learning in sustainability programs, and solution-oriented learning for sustainability.



Publications

Sustainability Science Theory and Comparative Studies

Wiek, A., Harlow, J., Melnick, R., van der Leeuw, S., Fukushi, K., Takeuchi, K., Farioli, F., Yamba, F., Blake, A., Geiger, C., Kutter, R. (2014, in press). Sustainability science in action – A review of the state of the field through case studies on disaster recovery, bioenergy, and precautionary purchasing. Sustainability Science.

Miller, T.R., Wiek, A., Sarewitz, D., Robinson, J., Olsson, L., Kriebel, D., & Loorbach, D. (2014). The future of sustainability science: A solutions-oriented research agenda. Sustainability Science, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 239–246.

Lang, D.J., Wiek, A., Bergmann, M., Stauffacher, M., Martens, P., Moll, P., Swilling, M., & Thomas, C. (2012). Transdisciplinary research in sustainability science – Practice, principles and challenges. Sustainability Science, vol. 7 (Supplement 1), pp. 25–43.

Seager, T., Selinger, E., & Wiek, A. (2012). Sustainable engineering science for resolving wicked problems. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 467–484.

Wiek, A., Ness, B., Brand, F.S., Schweizer-Ries, P., & Farioli, F. (2012). From complex systems analysis to transformational change: A comparative appraisal of sustainability science projects. Sustainability Science, vol. 7 (Supplement 1), pp. 5-24.


Sustainability Education - Competencies and Pedagogy

Wiek, A., Bernstein, M., Foley, R., Cohen, M., Forrest, N., Kuzdas, C., Kay, B., & Withycombe Keeler, L. (Accepted). Operationalising competencies in higher education for sustainable development. In: Barth, M., Michelsen, G., Rieckmann, M., Thomas, I. (Eds.). Handbook of Higher Education for Sustainable Development. Routledge, London.

Wiek, A., Xiong, A., Brundiers, K., van der Leeuw, S. (2014). Integrating problem- and project-based learning into sustainability programs – A case study on the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 431-449.

Brundiers, K., Wiek, A., Kay, K. (2013). The role of transacademic interface managers in transformational sustainability research and education. Sustainability, vol. 5, pp. 4614-4636.

Brundiers, K., & Wiek, A. (2013). Do we teach what we preach? An international comparison of problem- and project-based learning courses in sustainability. Sustainability, vol. 5, pp. 1725-1746.

Wiek, A., Bernstein, M., Laubichler, M., Caniglia, G., Minteer, B., & Lang, D.J. (2013). A global classroom for international sustainability education. Creative Education, vol. 4, no. 4A, pp. 19-28.

Brundiers, K., & Wiek, A. (2011). Educating students in real-world sustainability research – Vision and implementation. Innovative Higher Education, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 107–124.

Wiek, A., Withycombe, L., Redman, C.L., & Banas Mills, S. (2011). Moving forward on competence in sustainability research and problem solving. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 3-12.

Wiek, A., Withycombe, L., & Redman, C.L. (2011). Key competencies in sustainability – A reference framework for academic program development. Sustainability Science, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 203-218.

Brundiers, K., Wiek, A., & Redman, C.L. (2010). Real-world learning opportunities in sustainability – From classroom into the real world. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 308-324.

Stauffacher, M., Walter, A., Lang, D., Wiek, A., & Scholz, R.W. (2006). Learning to research environmental problems from a functional socio-cultural constructivism perspective: The transdisciplinary case study approach. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 252–275.


Transformational Sustainability Research Methodology

Wiek, A., & Lang, D.J. (2014, in press). Transformational sustainability research methodology. In: Heinrichs, H., Martens, P., Michelsen, G., & Wiek, A. (Eds.) (2014, in press). Sustainability Science – An Introduction. Berlin, New York: Springer.

Wiek, A., Kuzdas, C., Foley, R., Withycombe Keeler, L., Forrest, N., & Kay, B. (Accepted). Sustainability of water resources, nanotechnologies, and communities – Designing sustainability assessments for impactful outcomes. In: Gibson, R. (Ed.). Sustainability Assessment – Applications and Opportunities. Earthscan, London.

Wiek, A., & Iwaniec, D. (2014, in press). Quality criteria for visions and visioning in sustainability science. Sustainability Science.

Forrest, N., & Wiek, A. (2014). Learning from success – Towards evidence-informed sustainability transitions in communities. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, vol. 12, pp. 66–88.

Iwaniec, D., Childers, D., VanLehn, K., & Wiek, A. (2014). Studying, teaching, and applying sustainability visions using systems modeling. Sustainability, vol. 6, pp. 4452-4469.

Wiek, A., Talwar, S., O’Shea, M., & Robinson, J. (2014). Towards a methodological scheme for capturing societal effects of participatory sustainability research. Research Evaluation, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 117-132.

Brundiers, K., Wiek, A., Kay, K. (2013). The role of transacademic interface managers in transformational sustainability research and education. Sustainability, vol. 5, pp. 4614-4636.

Wiek, A., Withycombe Keeler, L., Schweizer, V., & Lang, D.J. (2013). Plausibility indications in future scenarios. International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, vol. 9, no. 2/3/4, pp. 133-147.

Lang, D.J., Wiek, A., Bergmann, M., Stauffacher, M., Martens, P., Moll, P., Swilling, M., & Thomas, C. (2012). Transdisciplinary research in sustainability science – Practice, principles and challenges. Sustainability Science, vol. 7 (Supplement 1), pp. 25–43.

Talwar, S., Wiek, A., & Robinson, J. (2011). User engagement in sustainability research. Science and Public Policy, vol. 38, no. 5, pp. 379-390.

Wiek, A., & Walter, A. (2009). A transdisciplinary approach for formalized integrated planning and decision-making in complex systems. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 197, no. 1, pp. 360–370.

Walter, A., Helgenberger, S., Wiek, A., & Scholz. R.W. (2007). Measuring social effects of transdisciplinary research – Design and application of an evaluation method. Evaluation and Program Planning, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 325–338.

Wiek, A. (2007). Challenges of transdisciplinary research as interactive knowledge generation – Experiences from transdisciplinary case study research. GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 52–57.

Wiek, A., Scheringer, M., Pohl, C., Hirsch Hadorn, G., & Valsangiacomo, A. (2007). Joint problem identification and structuring in environmental research. GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 72–74.

Scholz, R.W., Lang, D., Wiek, A., Walter, A., & Stauffacher, M. (2006). Transdisciplinary case studies as a means of sustainability learning: Historical framework and theory. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 226–251.

Wiek, A., Binder, C.R., & Scholz, R.W. (2006). Functions of scenarios in transition processes. Futures, vol. 38, no. 7, pp. 740–766.

Wiek, A., & Binder, C. (2005). Solution spaces for decision-making – A sustainability assessment tool for city-regions. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, vol. 25, no. 6, pp. 589–608.


Urban Sustainability

Bernstein, M.J., Wiek, A., Brundiers, K., Pearson, K., Minowitz, A., Kay, B., & Golub, B. (2014, in press). Mitigating urban sprawl effects – a collaborative tree and shade intervention in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Local Environment.

Iwaniec, D., & Wiek, A. (2014, accepted). Advancing sustainability visioning practice in planning – The General Plan update in Phoenix, Arizona. Planning Practice and Research.

Forrest, N., & Wiek, A. (2014). Learning from success – Towards evidence-informed sustainability transitions in communities. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, vol. 12, pp. 66–88.

Machler, L., Golub, A., & Wiek, A. (2012). Using a “Sustainable Solution Space” approach to develop a vision of sustainable accessibility in a low-income community in Phoenix, Arizona. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 298-319. Corrigendum: International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, vol. 7, no. 2, p. 166.

Smith, R., & Wiek, A. (2012). Achievements and opportunities in initiating governance for urban sustainability. Environment and Planning C, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 429 – 447.

Thompson, J.R., Wiek, A., Swanson, F.J., Carpenter, S.R., Fresco, N., Hollingsworth, T., Spies, T.A., & Foster, D.R. (2012). Scenario studies as a synthetic and integrative research activity for long term ecological research. Bioscience, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 367-376.


Nanotechnology, Sustainability, and Anticipatory Governance

Foley, R.W., Wiek, A. (2014, in press). Scenarios of nanotechnology innovation and governance vis-à-vis sustainability challenges. Futures.

Arora, S.K., Foley, R.W., Youtie, J., Shapira, P., Wiek, A. (2014). Drivers of technology adoption – the case of nanomaterials in building construction. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, vol. 87, pp. 232-244.

Foley, R.W., Petrucci, D., & Wiek, A. (2014). Imagining the future city. Issues in Science and Technology, Fall 2014, pp. 80-90.

Wiek, A., Foley, R.W. (2013). The shiny city and its dark secrets – Nanotechnology and urban development. Curb Magazine, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 26–27.

Foley, R.W., & Wiek, A. (2013). Patterns of nanotechnology innovation and governance within a metropolitan area. Technology in Society, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 233-247.

Wender, B.A., Foley, R.W., Guston, D.H., Seager, T.P., & Wiek, A. (2013). Anticipatory governance and anticipatory life cycle assessment of single wall carbon nanotube anode lithium ion batteries. Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 201-216.

Wiek, A., Guston, D.H., van der Leeuw, S., Selin, C., & Shapira, P. (2013). Nanotechnology in the city: Sustainability challenges and anticipatory governance. Journal of Urban Technology, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 45-62.

Wiek, A., Foley, R.W., & Guston, D.H. (2012). Nanotechnology for sustainability – What does nanotechnology offer to address complex sustainability problems? Journal of Nanoparticle Research, vol. 14, no. 9, 1093.

Wiek, A., Guston, D.H., Frow, E., & Calvert, J. (2012). Sustainability and anticipatory governance in synthetic biology. International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 25-38.

Wiek, A., Gasser, L., & Siegrist, M. (2009). Systemic scenarios of nanotechnology – Sustainable governance of emerging technologies. Futures, vol. 41, no. 5, pp. 284-300.

Helland, A., Scheringer, M., Siegrist, M., Kastenholz, H., Wiek, A., & Scholz, R.W. (2008). Risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials – A survey of industrial approaches. Environmental Science & Technology, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 640–646.

Wiek, A., Lang, D., & Siegrist, M. (2008). Qualitative system analysis as a means for sustainable governance of emerging technologies – The case of nanotechnology. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 16, no. 8-9, pp. 988–999.

Siegrist, M., Cousin, M.E., Kastenholz, H., & Wiek, A. (2007). Public acceptance of nanotechnology foods and food packaging: The influence of affect and trust. Appetite, vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 459–466.

Siegrist, M., Keller, C., Kastenholz, H., Frey, S., & Wiek, A. (2007). Lay people’s and experts’ perception of nanotechnology hazards. Risk Analysis, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 59–69.

Siegrist, M., Wiek, A., Helland, A., & Kastenholz, H. (2007). Risks and nanotechnology: the public is more concerned than experts and industry. Nature Nanotechnology, vol. 2, no. 2, p. 67.

Wiek, A., Zemp, S., Siegrist, M., & Walter, A. (2007). Sustainable governance of emerging technologies – Critical constellations in the agent network of nanotechnology. Technology in Society, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 388–406.


Water Governance and Sustainability

White, D.D., Withycombe Keeler, L., Wiek, A., & Larson, K.L. (2014, accepted). Envisioning the future of water governance: A survey of Central Arizona water decision makers. Environmental Practice.

Kuzdas, C., Wiek, A., Warner, B., Vignola, R., & Morataya, R. (2015). Integrated and participatory analysis of water governance regimes: The case of the Costa Rican dry tropics. World Development, vol. 66, pp. 254-268.

Kuzdas, C., Wiek, A. (2014). Governance scenarios for addressing water conflicts and climate change impacts. Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 42, pp. 181-196.

Kuzdas, C., Wiek, A., Warner, B., Vignola, R., & Morataya, R. (2014). Sustainability appraisal of water governance regimes – The case of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Environmental Management, vol. 54, pp. 205–222.

Larson, K.L., Wiek, A., & Withycombe Keeler, L. (2013). A comprehensive sustainability appraisal of water governance in Phoenix, AZ. Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 116, pp. 58-71.

Wiek, A., & Larson, K.L. (2012). Water, people, and sustainability – A systems framework for analyzing and assessing water governance regimes. Water Resources Management, vol. 26, no. 11, pp. 3153-3171.


Climate Change and Sustainability

Sheppard, S., Shaw, A., Flanders, D., Burch, S., Wiek, A., Carmichael, J., Robinson, J., & Cohen, S. (2011). Future visioning of local climate change: A framework for community engagement and planning with scenarios and visualization. Futures, vol. 43, no. 4, pp. 400-412.

Salter, J., Robinson, J., & Wiek, A. (2010). Participatory methods of integrated assessment – A review. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, vol. 1, pp. 697-717.

Girod, B., Wiek, A., Mieg, H.A., & Hulme, M. (2009). The evolution of the IPCC’s emission scenarios. Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 103-118.

Shaw, A., Sheppard, S., Burch, S., Flanders, D., Wiek, A., Carmichael, J., Robinson, J., Cohen, S. (2009). Making futures tangible – Synthesizing, downscaling, and visualizing climate change scenarios for participatory capacity building. Global Environmental Change, vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 447-463.


Disaster Recovery and Sustainability

Wiek, A., Ries, R., Thabrew, L., Brundiers, K., & Wickramasinghe, A. (2010). Challenges of sustainable recovery processes in tsunami affected communities. Disaster Prevention and Management, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 423-437.

Thabrew, L., Wiek, A., & Ries, R. (2009). Multi-stakeholder contexts and environmental decision making – Applicability of life cycle thinking in development planning and implementation. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 67-76.


Sustainable Finance and Economy

Wiek, A., & Weber, O. (2014). Sustainability challenges and the ambivalent impacts of the financial sector. Journal of Sustainable Finance & Investment, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 9-20.


Other Articles

Krütli, P., Flüeler, T., Stauffacher, M., Wiek, A., & Scholz, R.W. (2010). Technical safety vs. public involvement? A case study on the unrealised project for the disposal of nuclear waste at Wellenberg (Switzerland). Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 229-244.

Menzel, S., & Wiek, A. (2009). Valuation in morally charged situations: The role of deontological stances and intuition for trade-off making. Ecological Economics, vol. 68, no. 8-9, pp. 2198-2206.

Lang, D.J., Scholz, R.W., Binder, C.R., Wiek, A., & Stäubli, B. (2007). Sustainability potential analysis of landfills – A systemic approach: Theoretical considerations. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 15, no. 17, pp. 1628–1638.

Lang, D.J., Binder, C.R., Scholz, R.W., Wiek, A., Stäubli, B., & Sieber, C. (2007). Sustainability potential analysis of landfills – A systemic approach: Initial application towards a legislative landfill assessment. Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 15, no. 17, pp. 1654–1661.

Scholz, R.W., & Wiek, A. (2005). Operational eco-efficiency – Comparing companies’ environmental investments in different domains. Journal of Industrial Ecology, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 155–170.

Binder, C.B., Hofer, C., Wiek, A., & Scholz, R.W. (2004). Transition towards improved regional wood flows by integrating material flux analysis and agent analysis: the case of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland. Ecological Economics, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 1–17.