Dr. Joerg Mayer-Ries has been working as Lecturer for Political Economy at University of Oldenburg, as Director of Studies at a Lutheran Academy, and as Senior Consultant in the private sector. Since 2007, he has been Head of Division in the Department for Fundamental Aspects of Environmental Policy at the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) in Berlin. Dr. Mayer-Ries is responsible for the environmental dimension and monitoring of the German Sustainability Strategy and European and global aspects of German sustainability policy. He coordinated the National Environmental Programme 2030 of the Ministry, the first Integrated Nitrogene Report 2017 and several research projects on strategic and fundamental concepts for future environmental policy. Until spring 2018, Dr. Mayer-Ries is seconded as Senior Fellow to the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) at Potsdam.
Dr. Mayer-Ries spoke with EcoCiv about the broader goals behind his work, speaking of his own motivations in carrying out his high-level responsibilities in the Federal Ministry for Environment. The discussion highlights the role of the goal of an ecological civilization as a guide to Dr. Mayer-Ries’s overall program.