July 27, 2016

Jürgen Scheffran

Professor of Climate Change and Security, Institute of Geography and KlimaCampus, University of Hamburg (Germany)

Areas of Expertise

Technology assessment and international security: dual-use of science and technology; space policy, command and control; missile proliferation, missile defense and missile control; proliferation and arms control of weapons of mass destruction.

Environment and sustainable development: integrated assessment in natural resource management (energy, climate, biodiversity, fishery, waste); global risks, environmental conflicts and energy security.

Physics, mathematical modelling, computer simulation: non-linear dynamics and complex systems analysis; modelling of conflict and cooperation; decisionmaking, game theory, agent-based modelling, complex dynamic networks.


Jürgen Scheffran is professor in climate change and security at the Institute of Geography and at KlimaCampus of Hamburg University in Germany, beginning August 2009. He continues to be affiliated with the University of Illinois of Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where he previously held positions as faculty member and research scientist in the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security, the Departments of Political Science and Atmospheric Sciences, the Center for Advanced BioEnergy Research and the Information Trust Institute. After his physics PhD at Marburg University he worked at Technical University of Darmstadt, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and as Visiting Professor at the University of Paris (Sorbonne).

His research and teaching interests include: energy security, climate change and sustainable development; complex systems analysis and computer modeling; technology assessment, arms control and international security. He served as advisor to the United Nations, the Technology Assessment Bureau of the German Parliament, the Federal Environmental Agency, and he took part in the German delegation to the climate negotiations in New Delhi in 2002 (COP-8). Recent activities included the Renewable Energy Initiative at UIUC and related projects funded by the Environmental Council, the Department of Energy and the Energy Biosciences Institute.



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