Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn

Ortwin Renn

Director

Contact

+49 331 2282 2463
renn [at] dialogik-expert.de

Professional focus

  • Risk governance (assessment, management, communication)
  • Sustainable development (concept, social science perspective)
  • Public participation (theory and practical application)
  • Technology assessment and foresight (Methodology, conceptual issues, case studies)
  • Public responses to technological change (attitude research, modernization theory)

Professional experience and qualifications

Internal and External Positions

  • Since 2003 Director of DIALOGIK
  • Since 2016 Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam, Germany
  • Since 1994 Full Professor and Chair of Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment of Stuttgart University, Germany
  • Honorary professorships at Stavanger (Norway), Beijing (China) and Munich (Germany)

Professional Career

  • 1951 Born in Schmidtheim, Germany
  • 1970-1978 University education in sociology, economics, and journalism (German diploma)
  • 1980 Ph.D. in Social Psychology (Dr. rer. pol.) (summa cum laude)
  • 1978-1986 Social Scientist in the Federal Research Center Juelich (Germany)
  • 1986-1992 Associate Professor of Environment, Technology, and Society at Clark University (Massachusetts, USA)
  • 1988-1990 Acting Director of the Center for Technology, Environment and Development (CENTED) at Clark University
  • 1992-1993 Visiting Professor of Environmental Sciences at the Swiss Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)
  • 1993-2003 Member (from 1999-2003 Chair) of the Board of Directors at the Center of Technology Assessment in Stuttgart (Germany)
  • 2003-2012 Director of the“ Interdisciplinary Research Unit of Risk Governance and Sustainable Technology Development” at the University of Stuttgart (ZIRN)
  • 2012-2017 Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies (ZIRIUS)

Awards and Honors

  • 2003: Outstanding Publication Award from the Environment and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association
  • 2004: “Fellow“: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2005: “Fellow”: Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
  • 2007: “Distinguished Achievement Award” of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
  • 2009: Honorary Doctorate from the Swiss Institute of Technology (Dr. sc. h.c.)
  • 2011: Honorary Distinguished Professorship of the Technical University Munich
  • 2012: Best Published Article in Risk Analysis 2012: Award by SRA
  • 2012: Third Place in National Competition for the Best University Instructor Award
  • 2012: „Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany” (Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse) in recognition of the scientific achievements in Germany and internationally

Academic Membership

  • Senate of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (Berlin)
  • Management Board of the German National Academy of Technology and Science
  • European Academy of Science and Arts (Vienna and Salzburg)
  • National Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China (Beijing)

Ongoing Academic and Public Services (selection)

  • President: GAIA Association (Publishing Board of the Interdisciplinary Journal GAIA)
  • President: European Virtual Risk Institute (EUVRI)
  • Board of Trustees (Foundation: ”Environment and Disaster Prevention”)
  • Scientific Council of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), Geneva
  • State Commission for Sustainable Development (until 2012 chair)

Past Public and Academic Service (selection)

  • Expert panel on “Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making” of the U.S.-National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. (2005-2007)
  • Member of the Science and Technological Advisory Council to the President of the EU Commission
  • Chair: Ad hoc Federal Commission on the Institutional and Procedural Reform of Risk Management (2002-2004)
  • German Federal Advisory Council for Global Environmental Change (1996-2000)
  • Prime Minister's Future Commission in the State of Baden-Württemberg (1998-2000)
  • President of the European Society of Risk Analysis (SRA-Europe) (1998)
  • Member of the German Government’s Ethics Committee on the Future of Energy Supply (2011)
  • Expert Committee on Sustainability of the German Chancellor (2011-2012)

Publications

  • More than 30 monographs and edited volumes
  • More than 250 scientific articles

Selected publications

Peer reviewed articles

  • Renn, O.: Bürgerbeteiligung bei Öffentlichen Vorhaben. Aktueller Forschungsstand und Folgerungen für die praktische Umsetzung. In: UVP-Report, Nr. 27, Heft 1 & 2 (2013), S.38-44
  • Renn, O. und Dreyer, M.: Risiken der Energiewende: Möglichkeiten der Risikosteuerung mithilfe eines Risk-Governance-Ansatzes. DIW Vierteljahreshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung, 82. Jahrgang, Nr, 3 (2013), S. 29-44
  • Aven, T. and Renn, O.: On the Risk Management and Risk Governance of Petroleum Operations in the Barents Sea Area. Risk Analysis, Vol. 32, No. 9 (2012), 1561-1575
  • Renn, O.: The Social Amplification/Attenuation of Risk Framework: Application to Climate Change, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. Vol. 1, Issue 1 (January/February 2011) DOI: 10.1002/wcc.99 (2011)
  • Renn, O.: Sozialwissenschaftliche Politikberatung: Gesellschaftliche Anforderungen und gelebte Praxis. Sozialwissenschaften und Berufspraxis, Heft 2, Jahrgang 34 (2011), 204-223
  • Renn, O. and Schweizer, P.: Inclusive Risk Governance: Concepts and Application to Environmental Policy Making. Environmental Policy and Governance, No. 19 (2009), 174-185

Monographs

  • Renn, Ortwin: Das Risikoparadox. Warum wir uns vor dem Falschen fürchten. München: Fischer 2014
  • Rosa, Eugene, A.; Renn, Ortwin und Mccright, Aaron: The Risk Society Revisited. Social Theory and Governance. Chicago: Temple University Press 2013
  • Aven, Terje und Renn, Ortwin: Risk Management and Governance. Concepts, Guidelines and Applications. Heidelberg: Springer 2010
  • Renn, Ortwin: Risk Governance. Coping with Uncertainty in a Complex World. London: Earthscan 2008
  • Renn, Ortwin.; Deuschle, Jürgen.; Jäger, Alexander. und Weimer-Jehle, Wolfgang.: Leitbild Nachhaltigkeit: Eine normativ-funktionale Konzeption und ihre Umsetzung. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften 2007