Arnim Wiek

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

School of Sustainability
Arizona State University
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502
480-965-2387
Email: arnim.wiek@asu.edu
Web: http://www.public.asu.edu/~awiek/

Biography

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. His research group conducts 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 develops evidence-supported solutions to sustainability challenges in close collaboration with government, businesses, and community groups. Dr. Wiek 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, the University of Tokyo, and Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.

Teaching

Graduate and Undergraduate Courses
2014 Summer
  • SOS 494/598 - Study Abroad Program on Sustainable Mobility Solutions in the Netherlands (3CP). 22 Students.
2014 Spring
  • SOS 511 - Methodology of Transformational Sustainability Research (3CP). 30 Students [= all incoming graduate students of the MSUS program].
  • SOS 320 - Society and Sustainability (3CP). 50 Students.
  • SOS/BIO/HON/HPS 498 - The Global Classroom – Are "Sustainable Cities" a Contradiction in Terms? (3CP). 40 Students (International collaboration with Leuphana University of Lüneburg).
  • SOS 494/598 - Sustainable Mobility Solutions in the Netherlands (1CP). 25 Students.

2013 Fall
  • SOS/BIO/HON/HPS 498 - The Global Classroom – Are "Sustainable Cities" a Contradiction in Terms? (3CP). 41 Students (International collaboration with Leuphana University of Lüneburg).

2013 Spring
  • SOS 320 - Society and Sustainability (3CP). 60 Students.
  • SOS/BIO/HON/HPS 498 - The Global Classroom – Are "Sustainable Cities" a Contradiction in Terms? (3CP). 41 Students (International collaboration with Leuphana University of Lüneburg).
  • SOS/PAF/SST/HSD/ASB 594 - Problem-Based Learning Course – Reinvent Phoenix (3CP). 15 Students.
  • MUD/SOS 594 - Capstone Studio – Design, Sustainability, and the Future of Nanotechnology in the City (5CP). 12 Students.

2012 Fall
  • SOS 511 - Methodology of Transformational Sustainability Research (3CP). 16 Students [= all incoming graduate students].
  • SOS 594 - Problem-Based Learning Course – Reinvent Phoenix (3CP). 10 Students.

2012 Summer
  • Course: Complex Problem Solving (1CP). Co-taught with Daniel Lang. MBA Sustainability Management (Distance Learning Program), Leuphana University of Lüneburg. 27 Students.
  • SOS 320 - Society and Sustainability (3CP). 54 Students.
  • SOS 594 - Problem-Based Learning Course – Intervention Research on Sustainability Chal¬lenges in Phoenix (3CP). 10 Students.

2011 Fall
  • SOS 511 - Methodology of Transformational Sustainability Research (3CP). 16 Students [= all incoming graduate students].
  • SOS 594 - Intervention Research Seminar – Climate Change and Sustainability (3CP). Co-taught with George Basile. 4 Students.

2011 Summer
  • Course: Complex Problem Solving (1CP). Co-taught with Daniel Lang. MBA Sustainability Management (DLP), Leuphana University of Lüneburg. 43 Students.

2011 Spring
  • SOS 320 - Society and Sustainability (3CP). 50 Students.
  • SOS 394 - Sustainability-oriented Neighborhood Study in Mitchell Park, Tempe (1CP). 4 Students.
  • SOS 594 - Intervention Research Seminar – Climate Change and Sustainability (1CP). 5 Students.

2010 Fall
  • SOS 511 - Methodology of Transformational Sustainability Research (3CP). 25 Students [= all incoming graduate students].

2010 Summer
  • Course: Complex Problem Solving (1CP). Co-taught with Daniel Lang. MBA Sustainability Management (DLP), Leuphana University of Lüneburg. 33 Students.

2010 Spring
  • SOS 320 - Society and Sustainability (3CP). 60 Students.
  • SOS 594 - Problem-Based Learning Course – Future Scenarios, Anticipatory Governance, and Sustainability (3 CP). Co-taught with Cynthia Selin. 22 Students.
- Students [= all incoming graduate students].


Teaching Awards
  • 2011 ASU President’s Award for Sustainability for the problem-based learning course “The Future of Phoenix – Crafting Sustainable Development Strategies” and related thesis research projects (Role: Lead Instructor and Supervisor; Co-Instructor: Cynthia Selin) (2009-2010).
  • 2010 ASU President’s Award for Sustainability for the workshop course “Future Scenarios for Agriculture and Water in Arizona” (Role: Expert and Coach for scenario analysis methodology. Lead Instructor: Rimjhim Aggarwal) (Fall 2009).

Expertise

sustainability science; urban development; emerging technologies; scenario analysis; sustainability assessment; anticipatory governance; decision making; participatory research; intervention research; transition research; climate change mitigation

Education

PhD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, 2005

MS, University of Jena (Germany), 2002

MA, Free University, Berlin, 1998

Journal Articles

In Press

John, B., L. Withycombe Keeler, D. J. Lang and A. D. Wiek. In Press. How much sustainability substance is in urban visions? An analysis of visioning projects in urban planning. Cities

2015

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

White, D. D., L. Withycombe Keeler, A. Wiek and K. L. Larson. 2015. Envisioning the future of water governance: A survey of central Arizona water decision makers. Environmental Practice 17(1):25-35. DOI: 10.1017/S1466046614000489 . (link)

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Book Chapters

In Press

Aggarwal, R. M. In Press. International development and sustainability. In: Heinrichs, H., G. Michelsen, P. Martens and A. D. Wiek eds., Sustainability Science Handbook. Springer Science.

Klinsky, S. and A. Golub. In Press. Justice and sustainability. In: Wiek, A. D. and H. Heinrichs eds., Handbook of Sustainability.

Wiek, A. D., C. Kuzdas, R. W. Foley, L. Withycombe Keeler, N. Forrest and B. Kay. In Press. Sustainability of water resources, nanotechnologies, and communities – Designing sustainability assessments for impactful outcomes. In: Gibson, R. ed., Sustainability Assessment –Applications and Opportunities. Earthscan.

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Posters

2014

Withycombe Keeler, L., A. Wiek, D. White, R. Quay and D. Sampson. 2014. Linking stakeholder survey, scenario construction, and simulation modeling to explore long-term impacts of regional water governance regimes. Poster presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, April 28, 2014, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

2013

Quinn, J., D. D. White, L. Withycombe Keeler, A. D. Wiek and K. L. Larson. 2013. The future of water in the desert: Convergence and divergence between decision makers and students. Poster presented February 17, 2013 at the Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) Session of the AAAS Annual Meeting, February 14-18, 2013, Boston, MA.

Quinn, J., D. D. White, L. Withycombe Keeler, A. D. Wiek and K. L. Larson. 2013. The future of water in the desert: Convergence and divergence between decision makers and students. Poster presented on May 1, 2013 at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

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Presentations

2014

White, D. D., L. Withycombe Keeler, A. Wiek, K. L. Larson, D. A. Sampson and R. Quay. 2014. Linking stakeholder engagement, scenario analysis, and simulation modeling to explore the long-term impacts of regional water governance regimes. Presentation at the Environmental Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory, May 19, 2014, Lemont, IL.

Wiek, A. 2014. How research can help to develop sustainable solutions for water problems. Presentation at the Resilience Development Initiative, December 15, 2014, Bandung, Indonesia.

2013

White, D. D., L. Withycombe Keeler, A. D. Wiek and K. L. Larson. 2013. Envisioning the future of water governance in central Arizona: A survey of water decision makers. Presented June 6, 2013 at the 19th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), June 4-8, 2013, Estes Park Center, Colorado.

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Reports

2012

Kuzdas, C., M. Yglesias, A. D. Wiek, B. P. Warner, R. Vignola and R. Morataya. 2012. Final Report: Sustainability Evaulation of Water Systems and Regional Water Management in the Portrero, Caimital, and Upper Nosara Watersheds. Comision para le Manejo de las Sub-cuencas Potrero y Caimital.

2010

Wiek, A. D., L. Withycombe and R. W. Kutter. 2010. Participatory approaches for constructing and using the new generation of climate change scenarios — A methodological review. White paper prepared for the Scenario Workshop of the National Climate Assessment, Washington, DC, December 6-8, 2010.