Arnim Wiek

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

Arizona State University
School of Sustainability
PO Box 875502
Tempe, AZ 85287-5502


Arnim Wiek received his Ph.D. at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 2005 and is currently an Assistant Professor in ASU's School of Sustainability. He serves on the boards of the International Sustainable Development Research Society and the International Sustainability Conferences. Wiek has conducted sustainability research on urban development, land use conflicts and resource management in several European countries, Canada and Sri Lanka, and has researched sustainable governance of nanotechnology and nuclear power as well. His methodological research has focused on the question of how research between scientists and non-academic partners from government, business and the civil society is initiated, facilitated and institutionalized to support sustainability transitions.


sustainability science; urban development; emerging technologies; scenario analysis; sustainability assessment; anticipatory governance; decisionmaking; participatory research; intervention research; transition research; climate change mitigation


    Ph.D., Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, 2005

    M.S., University of Jena (Germany), 2002

    M.A., Free University, Berlin, 1998

Journal Articles

In Press

Kuzdas, C., A. Wiek, B. P. Warner, R. Vignola and R. Morataya. In Press. Sustainability appraisal of water governance regimes – The case of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. . Environmental Management

Wender, B., R. W. Foley, T. P. Seager, D. H. Guston and A. D. Wiek. In Press. Anticipatory governance and anticipatory life-cycle assessment of single wall carbon nanotube anode lithium ion batteries. Journal of Nanotechnology Law and Business

Wiek, A. D. and D. Iwaniec. In Press. Quality criteria for visions and visioning in sustainability science. Sustainability Science DOI: 10.1007/s11625-013-0208-6.

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Book Chapters


Redman, C. L. and A. D. Wiek. 2013. Sustainability as a transformation in education. Pp. 212-220 In: Johnston, L. F. ed., Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges, and Opportunities from Across the Curriculum. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.



Quinn, J., D. D. White, L. Withycombe Keeler, A. D. Wiek and K. L. Larson. 2013. The future of water in the desert: Convergence and divergence between decision makers and students. Poster presented on May 1, 2013 at the Decision Center for a Desert City Annual Poster Symposium, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Quinn, J., D. D. White, L. Withycombe Keeler, A. D. Wiek and K. L. Larson. 2013. The future of water in the desert: Convergence and divergence between decision makers and students. Poster presented February 17, 2013 at the Decision Making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) Session of the AAAS Annual Meeting, February 14-18, 2013, Boston, MA.

Withycombe Keeler, L., A. Wiek, D. D. White, R. Quay, D. A. Sampson and J. Quinn. 2013. Quenching our thirst: Future scenarios of water in Phoenix. Poster presented at the Adapting to a Water-Stressed West, American Association for the Advancement of Science Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Division (AAAS-SWARM) Water Forum, November 4, 2013, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

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White, D. D., L. Withycombe Keeler, A. D. Wiek and K. L. Larson. 2013. Envisioning the future of water governance in central Arizona: A survey of water decision makers. Presented June 6, 2013 at the 19th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), June 4-8, 2013, Estes Park Center, Colorado.

Wiek, A., L. Withycombe Keeler and D. D. White. 2013. The role of research in developing and implementing transformational solutions for water sustainability. Presentation at the Workshop: Transformational Solutions for Water in the West, September 5, 2013, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Foley, R. W., B. Kay, R. Rushforth and A. D. Wiek. 2012. Can nanotechnology decontaminate water in a morally contested context?. Presentation at the 16-18 May 2012 International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology, Boston, MA.

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Kuzdas, C., M. Yglesias, A. D. Wiek, B. P. Warner, R. Vignola and R. Morataya. 2012. Final Report: Sustainability Evaulation of Water Systems and Regional Water Management in the Portrero, Caimital, and Upper Nosara Watersheds. Comision para le Manejo de las Sub-cuencas Potrero y Caimital.


Wiek, A. D., L. Withycombe and R. Kutter. 2010. Participatory approaches for constructing and using the new generation of climate change scenarios — A methodological review. White paper prepared for the Scenario Workshop of the National Climate Assessment, Washington, DC, December 6-8, 2010.


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