Dr. Dr. Christian Sartorius

Project manager

After receiving degrees as Dipl.-Biol. (M.S. in Biology) in 1984 and as Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D. in Biochemistry) in 1987 from the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken for work in protein biochemistry, work as a post-doc at the Biocenter of the Basel University on the molecular biology of key metabolic pathways of the malarial parasite. After 1991 study of economics at the University of Freiburg yielding a degree as Dipl.-Volkswirt (M.A. in Economics) with a thesis about the role of energy in the economic process. Between 1996 and 2001, research on the evolution of social norms and values and their role in the generation of welfare at the Evolutionary Economics Unit of the Max-Planck-Institute for Economics in Jena, yielding a degree as Dr. rer. pol. (Ph.D. in Economics). From 2001 to 2004, work in a project about time strategies in environmental innovation policy at the Energy Systems Unit at the Technical University Berlin. Since October 2004, working at Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI.

    • Characterization of sustainable technologies and analysis of their ecological, economic and social impact
    • Investigation of the determinants for the diffusion and further development of sustainable technologies
    • Design and evaluation of technology-related policy instruments suitable for supporting sustainable product and process innovations with special appreciation of time-strategic aspects
    • Analysis of innovations in infrastructures (water, electricity, transportation) from the backdrop of their threefold regulation as networks, innovations and environmental protection
    • Foresight of environmental technology development and analysis of their potential from the industry perspective
    • Investigation of the emergence, diffusion and further development of sustainable behavior as a special case of (inter-temporal) cooperation and altruism
    • r+TeTra - r+Impuls Funding Program
    • Water 2050 – Sustainable system innovations in water resource management as an opportunity for German suppliers
    • GLOWA-Elbe III: Global Change and the Hydrological Cycle – Results and Consequences
    • GLOWA-Elbe II: Global Change and the Hydrological Cycle – Risks and Options
    • Analysis of the strengths of markets of environmental technologies in Baden-Württemberg
    • Recycling of phosphorous – Evaluation of processes and products and development of a concept for their commercialisation in Germany
    • Demografical change as a challenge for the protection and development of a cost and resource efficient wastewater infrastructure 
    • Pfaff, M.; Sartorius, C. (2015): Economy-wide rebound effects for non-energetic raw materials. In: Ecological Economics 118, pp. 132-139.
    • Sartorius, C. (2015): Positive employment effects of increasing material efficiency. Working Paper No. S 14/2015. Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.
    • Sartorius, C.; von Horn, J.; Tettenborn, F. (2012): Phosphorus recovery from wastewater – expert survey on present use and future potential. In: Water Environment Research 84 (4), pp. 313-322.
    • Sartorius, C.; Hillenbrand, T.; Walz, R. (2011): Impact and cost of measures to reduce nutrient emissions from wastewater and storm water treatment in the German Elbe river basin. In: Regional Environmental Change 11 (2), pp. 377-391.
    • Ostertag, K.; Sartorius, C.; Tercero Espinoza, L. (2010): Innovationsdynamik in rohstoffintensiven Produktionsprozessen. In: Chemie-Ingenieur-Technik 82 (11), pp. 1893-1901.
    • Sartorius, C.; Hillenbrand, T. (2008): Ausbreitung dezentraler Ansätze der Abwasserbehandlung und des Regenwassermanagements im Elbegebiet. In: KA Korrespondenz Abwasser Abfall 55 (10), pp. 1086-1094.
    • Sartorius, C. (2008): Promotion of stationary fuel cells on the basis of subjectively perceived barriers and drivers. In: Journal of Cleaner Production 16 (S1), S. 171-180.
    • Sartorius, C. (2007): Time strategies in environmental innovation policy – the case of the mobile fuel cell and hydrogen infrastructure. Working Paper No. S 4/2007. Karlsruhe: Fraunhofer ISI.
    • Sartorius, C. (2006): Second-order sustainability – conditions for the development of sustainable innovations in a dynamic environment. In: Ecological Economics 58, pp. 268-286.
    • Sartorius, C.; Zundel, S. (Eds) (2005): Time Strategies, Innovation and Environmental Policy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.