Dr. Wiek is
an Associate Professor at the School of Sustainability at Arizona
State University with affiliations to the Consortium for Science,
Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), the School of Public Affairs, and the
Decision Theater at ASU.
He is the
head of the Sustainability Transition and Intervention Research Lab
(“Transition Lab”) at the School of Sustainability with
currently ten graduate and undergraduate students. His research
group conducts and has been involved in sustainability research on
emerging technologies, urban development, resource governance,
climate change, and public health in USA, Canada, different European
countries, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and Costa Rica. The group’s
research pursues a transformational agenda and develops
evidence-based solution options to sustainability challenges. To
this end, the group carries out research in close collaboration with
government, businesses, and community groups.
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 is
also involved in two NSF-funded research programs, namely the Center
for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) and the Decision Center for a
Desert City (DCDC).
Transition Lab is actively involved in a number of educational
activities ranging from courses on sustainability research
methodology and problem- and project-based 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, and problem- and project-based
learning in sustainability programs.
Transition Lab is also engaged in international sustainability
research and teaching activities with Leuphana University of
Lüneburg (Germany), Lund University (Sweden), Maastricht
University (Netherlands), the University of British Columbia,
Vancouver (Canada), and the University of Tokyo (Japan).
Dr. Wiek is
member of the editorial boards of Sustainability Science (Springer),
Sustainable Development (Wiley), and the International Journal of
Sustainability in Higher Education (Emerald).
holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences from the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology Zurich, and a Master’s degree in
philosophy from the Free University Berlin. He had research and
teaching engagements at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Zurich, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and the
University of Tokyo.