In its scientific work, the European Center for Sustainability Research | ECS is assisted by an advisory board with distinguished academic and coporate representatives. The academic advisory board members accompany the interdisciplinary research of the Center in a constructive but critical dialogue and assists in identifying new trends and crucial issues for the sustainability research at the ECS. This dialogue will guarantee the excellence and innovative character of the Center's research. Academic members of the advisory board are:
- Oliver E. Williamson: Edgar F. Kaiser Professor Emeritus of Business, Economics, and Law at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Williamson is one of the founders of “transaction cost economics” and was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for "his analysis of economic governance, especially the boundaries of the firm”. Please find the Curriculum Vitae of Oliver Williamson here
- Yuan T. Lee: Professor at the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Lee is president of the International Council for Science and won the Nobel Prize along with John C. Polanyi and Dudley R. Herschbach in 1986 "for their contributions to the dynamics of chemical elementary processes". Please find the Curriculum Vitae of Yuan T. Lee here
- Hiroshi Komiyama: Chairman of the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. since April 2009. Before Dr. Komiyama was the 28th President of the University of Tokyo from April 2005. He has specialized in chemical engineering, global environmental engineering and the structuring of knowledge. His recent work includes Japan as a Forerunner for Addressing Emerging Problems in the World.
- Robert Skidelsky: Lord Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three volume biography of the economist John Maynard Keynes (1983, 1992, 2000) received numerous prizes, including the Lionel Gelber Prize for International Relations and the Council on Foreign Relations Prize for International Relations. He is the author of the The World After Communism (1995). He was made a life peer in 1991, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1994. He is chairman of the Govenors of Brighton College. Please find more detailed information and a full biography of Robert Skidelsky here
The corporate members of the advisory board take care of guaranteeing the general relevance of the research topics of the Center, which are selected and developed due to scientific criteria. Inputs from practioneers will allow identifying not yet manifest but anticipated research questions of high relevance for business, politics and everyday life. The practical application and development of the research at the Center will be systematically discussed in a supportive dialogue with the corporate members of the advisory board.