School of Earth and Environment

Oliver Zwirner


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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


Oliver Zwirner is a specialist in analysing and designing environmental and sustainability indicators from a statistical, policy and political perspective. He is drawing from a broad range of experience in business (mainly the financial industry), research (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ) and policy. For the last 10 years he has worked at the European Commission, Environment Directorate-General on environmental and sustainable development indicators and measuring overall societal progress to go 'beyond GDP'.


Diplomoekonom (MA Economics and Social Sciences), University of Augsburg, Germany


  • International & European Society of Ecological Economics
  • Federal Working Committee on Economics and Finance of Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND)

Research Interests

  • Policy-science-statistics interface
  • Beyond GDP - summary metrics to measure societal progress
  • Sustainable Development and indicators to measure progress towards
  • Environmental Macro-Indicators (EMI)
  • Composite indices
  • Environmental economic accounting
  • Good practice of communicating of and with numerical knowledge
  • Ecological economic and macro ecological theory


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