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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Erb

Head: Institute of Social Ecology (SEC)
Schottenfeldgasse 29, 1070 Wien
Tel: +43 1 47654-73715


ORCID: 0000-0002-8335-4159

Curr. Vitae

2022 - Head of Institute of Social Ecology
01.03.2018 Transfer Institute of Social Ecology to University of Natural and Life Sciences, Vienna
2016 - Chair of the Doctoral School in Social Ecology (DSSE)
2009 - Associate Professor (Land use and Global Change)
2009 - Coordinator of the Research Domain "Land use and colonization"
2008 - Habilitation in Social Ecology, Klagenfurt University
2008 - Project Leader Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (ESA-Biomass Mission)
2003 - PhD in Ecology, University of Vienna
2001 - Researcher Institute of Social Ecology
1999 - Mag. in Ecology, University of Vienna

Statistik Austria, science classification

Climate change; Environmental research; Human ecology; Sustainable agriculture; Sustainable economics; Environmental economics; Environmental sociology; Cultural landscape research; Environmental policy;


Earth system science; Environmental science; Global land use science; Ecological Economics; Sustainability science; Industrial Ecology; Human ecology; Environmental History; Carbon Accounting; Land use and land cover change; Land use and its consequences for ecosystem structures and functioning; Environmental indicators; Interactions between humans and global environmental systems; Human impacts on the global carbon cycle;


2022 Highly Cited Researchers in the category Environment and Ecology 2021; Web of Science / Publons;;
2021 Highly Cited Researchers in the category Environment and Ecology 2021; Web of Science / Publons;
2020 Highly Cited Researchers in the category Environment and Ecology 2020; Web of Science / Publons;;
2019 Highly Cited Researchers in the category Cross-Field 2019; Web of Science / Publons;
2018 Highly Cited Researchers in the category Cross-Field 2018; Web of Science / Publons;
2010 Preisträger eines ERC Start Preises (263522 LUISE)
2002 IHDP-Dissertation Concept Award (Austrian Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change)

Appointments/Memberships in Professional Societies

2020 -2020 Auswahlkommission Laufbahnstelle Waldbau (BOKU)
2018 - National Committee on Geo-Hydrosphere Science at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2017 - Global Land Programme
honory member
2016 -2017 Publikationskommmission der mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlichen Klasse der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften
2015 - Copmmission for Geographic Information Science at the Autrian Academy of Sciences
2015 - Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
2012 -2018 Global Change Commission der ÖAW
2012 -2014 Working Group 4 "Modelling Land Use" of the COST Action ES0805
2011 -2019 Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften
elected member
2010 -2016 Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Project
advisory board member
2009 -2011 Working Group 4 "Modelling Land Use" of the COST Action ES0805 - The Terrestrial Biosphere in the Earth System (TERRABITES)
deputy head
2006 - Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) at The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
2004 -2009 National Account Committee of the Global Footprint Network

Editorial board appointments for scientific journals

2014 -2021 J LAND USE SCIENCE:
Editorial Board Member
2013 -2013 Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability:
Guest Editor (Special Issue)
2009 -2009 Ecological Economics:
Guest Editor (Special Issue)

Reviewer for scientific journals

2021 - Environmental Modelling & Software
2020 - Nature Communications
2019 - Environment, Development and Sustainability
2019 - Climatic Change
2018 - Forest Ecosystems
2018 - Nature Sustainability
2017 - Nature
2017 - Scientific Reports
2016 - Nature Geoscience
2014 - Global Change Biology
2014 - Global Change Biology Bioenergy
2012 - Geoscientific Model Development
2012 - Land
2012 - Environmental Engineering and Management Journal
2011 - Nature Climate Change
2011 - Biomass & Bioenergy
2011 - Global and Planetary Change
2010 - Environmental Research Letters
2010 - Sustainability
2010 - Land Degradation & Development
2007 - Environmental Management
2007 - Ecological Indicators
2006 - Journal of Industrial Ecology
2006 - International Journal of Global Environmental Issues
2006 - Ecological Modelling
2006 - Ecological Economics
2006 - Land Use Policy: the international journal covering all aspects of land use

Reviewer/Expert funding organizations

2017 -2017 Science Foundation Ireland - Ireland
2016 -2016 European Research Council (ERC) - European Union
2016 -2016 Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Deutschland - Germany
2014 -2016 Swedish Research Council (VR) - Sweden
2012 -2012 Schweizer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung - Switzerland
2012 -2012 European Science Foundation ESF - France

Organizer of scientific conferences, Chairs

2019 4th Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme
Chair (Session)
2017 10th Annual Meeting of the Specialist Group on Macroecology of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria & Switzerland
Member of the Organisation Committee
2015 Towards a Sustainable Bioeconomy - Innovative Methods and Solutions for the Agriculture and Forest Sectors
Member of the Organisation Committee
2012 IAMO Forum 2012: Land Use in Transition: Potentials and Solutions between Abandonment and Land Grabbing (Session: Forests in Transition)
Chair (Session)
2012 IAMO Forum 2012: Land Use in Transition: Potentials and Solutions between Abandonment and Land Grabbing (Session: Land-Use Intensification)
Chair (Session)
2011 Workshop: Characterizing and Validation Global Agricultural Landcover
Chair (Session)
2010 GLP 2010 Open Science Meeting: Land Systems, Global Change and Sustainability
Chair (Session)
2003 Water and Society - Needs, challenges, and restrictions
Scientific Member of the Advisory Board
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