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Prof. Dr. rer. pol. John-Oliver Engler

Professor of Bioeconomy and Ressource Efficiency

Risk, uncertainty, and sustainability in human-environment systems

Applied statistics and quantitative methods

Ecological Economics

Sustainability Science

Short CV

Professor (W1) of Bioeconomy and Ressource Efficiency, University of Vechta (since 03/2022)

Research Associate Quantitative Methods of Sustainability Science Group, Leuphana University of Lüneburg (2017-2022)

Actuary, BNP Paribas Cardif, Stuttgart (2016)

Ph.D. studies in Ecological Economics, Sustainability Economics Group and Methodology Center, Leuphana University of Lüneburg (2011-2015)

Studies of Physics (equiv. to M.Sc.), Konstanz University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and University of Hawaii (2004-2010)


  • Engler, J.O. and J.N. Fischer (2024), Drawing blanks and winning: Quantifying global catastrophic risk associated with human ingenuity, Sustainable Futures
  • Engler, J.O., M.F. Kretschmer, J.A. Ament, J. Rathgens, T. Huth and H. von Wehrden (2024), The limits to degrowth: A systematic analysis of 15 years of degrowth research, Ecological Economics 218, 108101
  • Engler, J.O. and H. von Wehrden (2023), The debate on nuclear energy for sustainability: a comment, GAIA-Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 32 (3), 287–291
  • Engler, J.O. and H. von Wehrden (2023), 28 months later: The coronavirus pandemic as an analogy for future sustainability challenges, Sustainability Science 18 (5), 2499–2504
  • Riechers, M., Á. Balázsi, J.O. Engler, G. Shumi and J. Fischer (2021), Understanding relational values in cultural landscapes in Romania and Germany, People and Nature 3 (5), 1036–1046
  • Engler, J.O., K. Wesche, P. Kaczensky, P. Dhakal, O. Chuluunkhuyag and H. von Wehrden (2021), Biophysical variability and politico-economic singularity: Responses of livestock numbers in South Mongolian nomadic pastoralism, Ecological Economics 187, 107073
  • Klaniecki, K., I.A. Duse, J.O. Engler, J. Mildorfová-Leventon and D.J. Abson (2021), Energy conservation attitudes and intentions: investigating place-attachment in Eastern Transylvania, Romania, PsyEcology 12(2), 177–201
  • Nüchter, V., J.O. Engler, H. von Wehrden and D.J. Abson (2021), The resilience concept in recent sustainability research, Sustainability 13(5), 2735
  • Dorninger, C., A. Hornborg, D.J. Abson, H. von Wehrden, A. Schaffartzik, S. Giljum, J.O. Engler, R.L. Feller, K. Hubacek and H. Wieland (2021), Global patterns of ecologically unequal exchange: ecological and social implications for sustainability in the 21st century, Ecological Economics 179, 106824
  • Engler, J.O., D.J. Abson und H. von Wehrden (2021), The coronavirus pandemic as an analogy for future sustainability challenges, Sustainability Science 16(1), DOI: 10.1007/s11625-020-00852-4
  • Engler, J.O. (2020), Global and regional probabilities of major nuclear reactor accidents, Journal of Environmental Management  269, 110780
  • Engler, J.O., H. Zimmermann, D.J. Lang, R.L. Feller and H. von Wehrden (2019), Towards more effective and transferable transition experiments – Learning through stratification, Sustainability Science 14(6), 1503–1514
  • Engler, J.O., H. von Wehrden and S. Baumgärtner (2019), Determinants of farm size and stocking rate in Namibian commercial cattle farming, Land Use Policy 81, 232–246
  • Engler, J.O., D.J. Abson and H. von Wehrden (2019), Navigating cognition biases in the search of sustainability, Ambio 48(6), 605–618
  • Engler, J.O. and H. von Wehrden (2019), ‘Where is everybody?' An empirical appraisal of occurrence, prevalence and sustainability of technological species in the universe, International Journal of Astrobiology 18(6), 499–505 
  • Engler, J.O., D.J. Abson, R. Feller, J. Hanspach and H. von Wehrden (2018), A socio-ecological typology of rangelands based on rainfall variability and farming type, Journal of Arid Environments 148(1), 65–73
  • Engler, J.O. and H. von Wehrden (2018), Global assessment of the non-equilibrium theory of rangelands: revisited and refined, Land Use Policy 70, 479–484
  • Engler, J.O. and S. Baumgärtner (2015), Model choice and size distribution: A Bayequentist approach, American Journal of Agricultural Economics 97(3), 978–997