About the Author
Arnold Tukker manages the research programme on Sustainable Transitions and System Innovation at TNO, Delft, and was the manager of SusProNet. He worked previously with the Dutch Environment Ministry on waste management and enforcement. At TNO he worked on issues such as life-cycle assessment and disputes on toxic substances. This work resulted in the book Frames in the Toxicity Controversy (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999), which acquired him a PhD in 1998. In the last five to seven years he has focused on participatory policy-making and governance of sustainable system innovations, among others, via a four-year project with one PhD on foresight for system innovations within the Dutch Knowledge Network on System Innovations. He has positions on editorial boards of The Journal of Industrial Ecology, The Journal of Sustainable Product Design, The International Journal for Innovation and Sustainable Development and The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, and is founding editor of Springer's book series on Eco-efficiency. He has published four books, 40 peer-reviewed papers and over 200 other publications on a wide variety of subjects. He currently manages the EU-funded Sustainable Consumption Research Exchanges (SCORE!) project, which supports the UN's Ten-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production agreed on during the WSSD in Johannesburg in 2002.
Ursula Tischner is founder-director of econcept, Cologne, Germany, and has a position as associate professor in sustainable design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. She studied architecture and Industrial Design in Aachen and Wuppertal, Germany, and specialised in ecodesign. From 1992 to 1996 she worked at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy in the field of ecology and design. At the institute she was engaged in theoretical and practical projects and wrote a guide for environment-friendly product design on behalf of the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research, which was published in 1995. After establishing econcept in 1996 she advises small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) on ecodesign and helps to implement environmental improvements. She edited (with Martin Charter) the book Sustainable Solutions (Greenleaf Publishing, 2001) and (with Eva Schmincke, Frieder Rubik and Martin Prosler) the book How to do Ecodesign (Verlag form, 2000). She also played key roles in major international projects in the field of ecodesign and product-services, such as Methodology Product Service Systems (2002-2004), the UNEP manual on Product-Service Systems, and together with Arnold Tukker took responsibility for most of the methodological work in SusProNet.