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Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"
Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"

World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC)

The Director

The founding director of WSD-RTC is Professor Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DEd, DL, DLitt), a well known authority and leader on sustainability research, with the relevant management experience, networking and communication skills. Thousands of academics have contributed to his publications, which includes the book series “Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability” run from 1996 to 2014 (published by Peter Lang Scientific Publishers), and the “World Sustainable Development Series” (published by Springer), or attended the events he regularly  organises.

He is also the founding editor of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education published by Emerald (since 2000), founding editor of the  International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, published by Inderscience (since 2001), founding editor, of the International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management published  by Emerald (since 2008), founding editor, “Climate Change Management Series” with Springer (since in 2008), founding editor of the  “World Sustainability Series” with Springer (launched in 2015), editor of the International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development (since 2010) with Inderscience and editor, of the World Review on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (since 2016) with Inderscience.

He is also the founding editor of the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP) launched in 2015, and initiator of the World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (the WSSD-U series), the leading sustainability event, organized every two years, at different locations. Professor Leal has 27 years´ post-doctoral experience and a solid track record in attracting and managing research projects, being coordinator or partner in dozens of international projects, whose total sum to date has been in excess of Euro 70 million. 

The tasks of the Director are:


  • To provide intellectual leadership and strategic direction for the work of WSD-RTC, including on new projects, publications, events and fund-raising
  • To lead the operative management and implementation of its activities and work plan
  • To coordinate the inputs and work of the Centre´s staff  and partners 
  • To manage the relations with internal and external partners  for the execution of the activities of the Centre

Apart from the operative management of the Centre, the Director will maintain and enlarge the international network in academia, UN/Government level, and the corporate and voluntary sector, which are essential to the activities of WSD-RTC.

Letzte Änderung: 07.03.17

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Professor Walter Leal
World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC)
Hamburg University of Life Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences
Ulmenliet 2021033 Hamburg

Tel: +49-40-42875-6313
Fax: +49-40-42875-6313