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Dr. Fridolin S. Brand

Dr. Fridolin S. Brand

Dr. Fridolin S. Brand
ZHAW School of Management and Law
Center for Corporate Responsibility
Theaterstrasse 17
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 46 81

Personal profile

Position at the ZHAW

Research Associate

Expertise and research interests

corporate responsibility, sustainability management, sustainability reporting, sustainability innovation

Educational background

PhD at the Technische Uiversität München (TUM): "Resilience and Sustainable Development: an Ecological Inquiry"; Thesis available at:

Diploma in Biology at the universities in Mainz, Greifwald and Perth: Focus: ecology, sustainable development, nature conservation, ethics.

Professional milestones

2012 - 2015:
Sustainability coordinator at Südzucker AG, sustainability Management for the sugar Segment, e.g. materiality analyses, implementation sustainability Software; answering requests of industry customers and of the capital market.

2009 - 2012:
Postdoc/ Lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich; Research Projects in sustainability science, Topics: climate change adaptation, phosphorus management, food waste.

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed Book parts, peer-reviewed Conference contributions, peer-reviewed Other publications Oral conference contributions and abstracts Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

1) Articles in international ISI-journals

• Walz, A., Braendle, J.M., Lang, D.J., Brand, F.S., Briner, S., Elkin, C., Hirschi, C., Huber, R., Lischke, H., Schmatz, D.R. (2014). Experience from customizing IPCC scenarios to specific national-level focus scenarios for ecosystem service management. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 86: 21-32.

• Rigling, A., Huber, R., Bugmann, H., Buttler, A., Elkin, C., Briner, S., Peringer, A., Gillet, F., Spiegelberger, T., Lischke, H., Bebi, P., Scholz, R.W., Brand, F.S., Seidl, R., Grêt-Regamey, A. (2013). Sustainable land use in mountain regions under global change: Synthesis across scales and disciplines. Ecology and Society 18(3): 36.

• Brand, F.S., Seidl, R., Le, Q.B., Brändle, J. and Scholz, R.W. (2013). Constructing Consistent Multi-scale Scenarios by Transdisciplinary Processes: The Case of Mountain Regions Facing Global Change. Ecology and Society 18(2): 43.

• Seidl, R., Brand, F.S., Stauffacher, M., Krütli, P., Le, Q.B., Spörri, A., Meylan, G., Moser, C., Berger Gonzales, M., Scholz, R.W. (2013). Science with Society in the Anthropocene, Ambio 42(1): 5-12.

• Wiek, A., Ness, B., Schweizer-Ries, P., Brand, F.S., Farioli, F. (2012). From complex systems analysis to transformational change: a comparative appraisal of sustainability science projects. Sustainability Science 7(1): 5-24.

• Scholz, R.W., Blumer, Y.B., Brand, F.S. (2012). Risk, vulnerability, robustness, and resilience from a decision-theoretic perspective. Journal of Risk Research 15(3): 313-330.

• Kirchhoff, T., Brand, F.S., Hoheisel, D. & Grimm, V. (2010). The One-Sidedness and Cultural Bias of the Resilience Approach. GAIA 19/1: 25-32.

• Brand, F.S. (2009). Critical Natural Capital Revisited: Ecological Resilience and Sustainable Development. Ecological Economics, 68: 605-612.

• Schultz, J., Brand, F.S., Kopfmüller, J. & Ott, K. (2008). Building a ‘Theory of Sustainable Development’: Two Salient Conceptions within the German Discourse. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 7(4): 465-482.

• Brand, F.S. and Jax, K. (2007). Focusing the Meaning(s) of Resilience: Resilience as a Descriptive Concept and a Boundary Object. Ecology & Society 12(1): 23.

2) Monographs and Edited Books

• Scholz, R.W., Roy, A., Brand, F.S., Hellums, D., Ulrich, A. (eds.) (2014). Sustainable Phosphorus Management: a Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap. Springer.

• Brand, F.S. (2009). Resilience and Sustainable Development: an Ecological Inquiry. PhD thesis, Technische Universität München, Germany, Universitätsbibliothek TU München. pdf available at:

• Brand, F.S. (2005). Ecological Resilience and its Relevance within a Theory of Sustainable Development. UFZ Centre for Environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, Department of Ecological Modelling, Leipzig, Germany; ISSN 0948-9452.

3) Book Chapters

• Mikkelsen, R.L., Binder, C.R., Frossard, E., Brand, F.S., Scholz, R.W. and Vilsmaier, U.(2014). Use: What is Needed to Support Sustainability? In: Scholz, R.W., Roy, A., Brand, F.S., Hellums, D., Ulrich, A. (eds.) Sustainable Phosphorus Management: a Global Transdisciplinary Roadmap. Springer.

• Kirchhoff, T., Brand, F.S., Hoheisel, D. (2012). From cultural landscapes to resilient social-ecological systems: transformation of a classical paradigm or a novel approach? in: T. Plieninger & C. Bieling: Resilience and the Cultural Landscape: Understanding and Managing Change in Human-Shaped Environments. Cambridge University Press.

• Scholz, R.W. and Brand, F.S. (2011). Comparing the HES-framework with alternative approaches. Pages 509 – 523 in R. W. Scholz (Ed.), Environmental Literacy in Science and Society: From Knowledge to Decisions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

• Brand, F.S., Hoheisel, D. & Kirchhoff, T. (2011). Der Resilienz-Ansatz auf dem Prüfstand: Herausforderungen, Probleme, Perspektiven. Pages 78-83 in: Bayerische Akademie für Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege: Laufener Spezialbeiträge 2011. Landschaftsökologie. Grundlagen, Methoden, Anwendungen. Bayerische Akademie für Naturschutz und Landschaftspflege.

• Brand, F.S. (2009). Die Relevanz des Resilienz-Ansatzes für eine Theorie nachhaltiger Entwicklung. Pages 225-240 in: von Egan-Krieger, T. et al.: Die Greifswalder Theorie starker Nachhaltigkeit: Ausbau, Anwendung und Kritik. Metropolis Verlag, Marburg.

4) Stakeholder Reports

• Seidl, R. & Brand, F. S. (2012). Szenarien zur Entwicklung der Region Visp/Saastal. Zusammenfassung für Stakeholder. Zürich: ETH - Institut für Umweltentscheidungen.

5) Conference Proceedings

• Brand, F.S. (2010). Moving towards a solution-oriented mode of sustainability science:
Evidence on opportunities and challenges from two case studies in Switzerland and
Germany. In: ICSS (Ed.), Second International Conference on Sustainability Science (Vol. Session I - From complex thinking to transformational change: epistemological and methdological challenges for sustainability science, pp. 20-21). Rome: University la Sapienza.

• Brand, F.S. (2008). Bridging Theory and Practice by Theory Building: The Salient German Attempts to Set Up A Theory of Sustainable Development. W. Clark, P. Matson & N. Dickson. Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development. Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium, National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C., USA.

• Brand, F.S. & Jax, K. (2007). Critical Natural Capital reconsidered: Ecological Resilience and Strong Sustainability. Ecological Complexity and Sustainability, Challenges & Opportunities for 21st Century’s Ecology. Abstracts of the EcoSummit 2007, S. 81, Organization Committee of EcoSummit 2007 Beijing, China.