Prof. Roland W. Scholz (emeritus)


Prof. Roland W. Scholz
Gartenstrasse 4
CH 8280 Kreuzlingen/TG

Phone: +41 44 272 10 15/+41 79 422 44 01/+49 6023 32039-818

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Curriculum Vitae

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Roland W. Scholz became full professor of Environmental Sciences, Natural and Social Science Interface in October 1993 and retired from this position in December 2012. Scholz is still lecturing as "Privatdozent" of Psychology (Social and Industrial Psychology) at the University of Zurich.

Currently, Scholz is the Science leader of the Global TraPs (Global Transdisciplinary Processes on Sustainable Phosphorus Management). He is senior advisor of the Fraunhofer Institute Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB, Stuttgart, Germany) and project leader in the emerging Institute for Material Recycling and Resources Strategies (IWKS, Alzenau, Germany) of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. Further, he is extraordinary professor at the School of Management and Planning, Stellenbosch University (S.A.).

Scholz graduated in Mathematics (Dipl.-Math.), Social Psychology (Dr. phil.), and Cognitive Psychology (Dr. phil. habil.). After specializing in game theory and decision sciences he switched to systems analysis, and environmental modeling, evaluation and risk assessment. His current research focus is the conceptualization and understanding of coupled human environment systems. Sustainability learning on sustainable resources management with the case of phosphorus. Scholz is science leader of the Global TraPs project. He is also doing research on multi-level human-environment interaction in the field of cell-environment interactions (with the example of immune system/cancer research).

Scholz was elected as the fifth holder of the King Carl XVI Gustaf's Professorship 2001/2002 hosted at the Center of Environment and Sustainability of Chalmers University of Technology and Gothenborg University (Sweden). Since 2002, he is the speaker of the International Transdisciplinarity Network on Case Study Teaching (ITdNet). His work relates transdisciplinarity as a methodology of organizing sustainable transition processes and interdisciplinary research on inextricably coupled human-environment systems. Since 1993 Scholz has run large-scale transdisciplinary studies on sustainable transitions of urban and regional systems, organizational development, and of policy and decision processes. The Global TraPs project as the first global transdisciplinary process on sustainable phosphorus management and the MACOCC project as an intercultural research on cancer provide new perspective in transdisciplinarity. Since many years, Prof. Scholz is a member of SIA (Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects).

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Scholz specialized in decision sciences and systems analysis, cognitive and industrial psychology, and environmental modeling, evaluation and risk assessment. His current research field is environmental decision making in human-environment interactions and theory, methodology and practice of transdisciplinary sustainable transition processes. From 1994-2010 he was annually performing transdisciplinary ETH-NSSI case studies on sustainable urban, regional, and organizational development. Currently the global transdisciplinary process of sustainable phosphorus management (i.e. the Global TraPs Project) is in the foreground of his activities. His research is the development of sustainable/resilient coupled human-environment systems in transdisciplinary processes.


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