Prof. Dr. Paul Burger
Head of the Sustainability Research Group
Professor for the socio-cultural domain within the interdisciplinary Master in Sustainable Development
Born 1956, initially trained as a technician, he studied philosophy and history (doctorate 1992, habilitation 1997), was scientific assistant for philosophy in Basel und Luzern, SNF-research fellow, lecturer at the universities of St. Gallen, Fribourg, Innsbruck, Maribor, and from 1998-2005 head of the interfaculty teaching program People Society Environment at the University of Basel; since 2006 he has been in charge of the Sustainability Research Group and responsible for the social sciences within the tri-faculty Master in Sustainable Development at the University of Basel; among others he is currently head of trinational Upper Rhine Cluster for Sustainability Research (give link), head of the SCCER-CREST work package 2 on change of behavior and member of the SCCER-CREST board.
Research and teaching interests
Among his research interests are theoretical foundations for sustainable development including its normative basis as well as approaches to human-nature-interrelations, empirical research on governance of sustainable development in general and of change of individual behavior in particular, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding individual behavior in the energy sector; the role of quality of life issues within sustainability transformation in the North and the South, and epistemology and methodology of inter- und transdisciplinary research.
Topics of supervised Master as well as PhD thesis are normally situated in these fields.
Currently offered themes for Master theses at the Program sustainability research [PDF [PDF/78 KB]]
- Sustainabilization of administrations
- Governance and sustainability
- A capability based understanding of sustainable development
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