FGG Lecture: More sustainability despite or because of digitalization? Findings of the WBGU report “Our Common Digital Future” – 07.12.2020

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Prof. Dr. Martina Fromhold-Eisebith (Economic Geography, RWTH Aachen).
When: Monday, 07.12.2020 at 18:30 clock.
Where: Zoom (to registration)


How can a sustainable ‘Digital Age’ be designed and digitization be used for the transformation towards more sustainability on a global scale? These are the core questions addressed in the report ‘Our Common Digital Future’ by the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU, 2019), the key points of which will be presented in the lecture. The WBGU advises the federal ministries on their international commitment to sustainability transformation. The presentation will explain the approach and argumentation of the report and show how digitization can support more sustainable economic and social development in selected process areas in the future. For this purpose, the geographically particularly relevant topics ‘Industrial Metabolism’, ‘Electronic Waste in a Circular Economy’, ‘Sustainable Consumer Behavior’ as well as ‘Smart City and Sustainable Urban Development’ will be explored in terms of requirements and design options.


Martina Fromhold-Eisebith has been head of the Department of Economic Geography at RWTH Aachen University since 2006 and was previously Professor of Regional Development at the University of Salzburg. During the period 11/2016-10/2020 she was an appointed member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change WBGU. Her teaching and research interests include questions of sustainable design of economic areas as well as various aspects of technology and innovation-oriented regional development. In addition to analytical and conceptual approaches (e.g. creative-innovative milieus, clusters, regional resilience), emphatically application-oriented perspectives also play a role (policy advice at state and federal level). Empirical research focuses on Germany, the border region of the Euregio Meuse-Rhine and parts of South Asia (especially India).