Franz Gatzweiler, Director of the ICSU Program for Urban Health and Wellbeing

Ricardo Baptista

Dr. Franz W. Gatzweiler studied agricultural economics at the University of Bonn and the Humboldt University of Berlin. His doctorate research was on the ‘Nature of Economic Value and the Value of Nature’. He received stipends and research grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the Volkswagen Foundation, the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the Käthe-Hamburger Kolleg and from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He was research fellow at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University, USA, established by late Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom and earned a habilitation (fakultas docendi) for the discipline of resource economics from the Humboldt University of Berlin. His research interests lie at the interface of ecological, economic and social sciences and have covered problems of value in complex socio-ecological systems, institutions and institutional change in polycentric organization, marginality and technology innovations for rural development. He was senior researcher at the Centre of Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany, from 2004-2014. Currently he is professor at the Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences and executive director of the global interdisciplinary science programme on ‘Urban Health and Wellbeing: a Systems Approach’, hosted by the Institute of Urban Environment at the Chinese Academy of Science, Xiamen, China and sponsored by the United Nations University (UNU) and the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP).

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