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SERISustainable Europe Research Institute GmbH

SERI GmbH is one of the leading European research institutions in the field of environmental accounting and material flow analysis, integrated economic-environmental modelling, policies for a sustainable natural resources use, and indicators for sustainable development. The institute was founded in 1999 and comprises a core research team of 15 experts from different scientific fields, including economics, ecology, land use planning, information technology, and development studies. SERI follows a holistic approach which allows developing broad and comprehensive solutions to sustainable development. SERI’s research areas with direct links to RESPONDER include

  • Development of policy measures and strategies for sustainable development
  • Reduction of natural resource use through new production techniques and sustainable lifestyles
  • Development of alternative social policy concepts, e.g. mixed labour & new welfare programmes
  • Development of various approaches to a reform of economic policy towards sustainability
  • Development of consistent and scientifically sound indicators for sustainability

SERI has been and is involved in several projects in FP5, FP6 and FP7, dealing with sustainability scenarios and modelling (PETRE, Open: EU, MOSUS; ALARM, Eco-change; EXIOPOL), sustainability strategies (CEECEC, Action Town), indicators and policies (INDI-LINK; TNWSS), regional and urban sustainable development (INTELCITIES; eCommunity), trade and environment (CAT&E), integrated sustainability assessment (MATISSE) and migration (EACH-FOR). SERI published in 2006 a “Guidebook for Peer Reviews” (PRIME-SD) on behalf of DG Environment.

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Persons involved

Friedrich Hinterberger Friedrich Hinterberger is the founding President of SERI. Studies of national economics at the Johannes-Keppler University Linz. 1985-1991 scientific member at the Justus-Liebig University Gießen. Since 1985 he has been teaching at universities both in Austria and abroad. 1993-2000 leader of the working group Ecological Economics and Ecological Economical Policy at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. Board member of the Austrian Chapter of the Club of Rome. Work focus: Ecological Economics, Scenarios for sustainable economies and societies, Quality of Life Research.
Jill Jäger Jill Jäger is a Senior Associate at SERI and a core member of the European Sustainability Science Group ( She has worked and published recently on governance of and knowledge systems for sustainability. She was a member of the core group of the MATISSE (Methods and Tools for Integrated Sustainability Assessment) project, where she led the workpackage on stakeholder involvement.
Elke Pirgmaier Elke Pirgmaier's work focuses on ecological (macro)economics and  ecological economic policy. She has work experience in the field of sustainable development with the Sustainable Development Commission in London, the Green Economics Institute in Oxford, the Austrian Society for Environment and Technology (ÖGUT) in Vienna and the Austrian Environment Ministry.

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The RESPONDER project is funded by FP7 under
the Environment (including Climate Change) theme.