Dr. Wiek is an Assistant Professor at the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University (ASU) with affiliations to the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO), the School of Public Affairs, and the Decision Theater at ASU. He is the head of the Sustainability Transition and Intervention Research Lab with ten graduate students. His research group conducts sustainability research on emerging technologies, urban development, resource governance, and climate change in different European countries, Canada, USA, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and Costa Rica. The group’s research pursues a transformational agenda that escapes the “knowledge-first trap” (paralysis by analysis) and develops solution options for sustainability challenges. To this end, the group carries out research in close collaboration with government, businesses, and community groups.
Dr. Wiek’s lab is currently involved in sustainability research in Arizona, California, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Germany, including three NSF-funded research programs, namely the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS), the Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC), and the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP-LTER). 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, and the University of Tokyo.