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Dr. Wolfgang Weimer-Jehle
Scientific Executive Director ZIRIUS
Speaker of the Research Field 'Methodology Research'

Wolfgang Weimer-Jehle is physicist by training and senior researcher, project manager and scientific executive director at ZIRIUS. His research interests concentrate on qualitative and quantitative methods of systems- and scenario-analysis, particularly in the field of energy systems and sustainability. He managed several scenario projects concerning energy issues and organized policy advisory processes in this field. A special focus of his work is methodological research on Cross-Impact Balance Analysis (CIB) which was developed by Weimer-Jehle in 2001.
1989 he attained a doctorate in synergetics, worked 1990-1992 as a safety analyst and project manager in an engineering and consultancy enterprise, 1992-2003 as a project manager, and since 1999 as a deputy department director at the Center of Technology Assessment in Baden-Wuerttemberg. 2004-2012 he was senior researcher and deputy director at the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Risk Governance and Sustainable Technology Development (ZIRN). 2012 he joined the newly founded Research Center ZIRIUS.

⇒ Projects and publications

Phone: +49 (0)711 - 6858 4301

Fax: +49 (0)711 - 6858 2487

Room: 3.015

Mail: wolfgang.weimer-jehle(a)

Selected publications:

  • Weimer-Jehle W., Buchgeister J., Hauser W., Kosow H, Naegler T., Poganietz W., Pregger T., Prehofer S., von Recklinghausen A., Schippl J., Voegele S. (2016): Context scenarios and their usage for the construction of socio-technical energy scenarios. Energy 111, 956–970. DOI: 10.1016/ =>
  • Acatech position paper prepared by: Dieckhoff C., Appelrath H.-J., Fischedick M., Grunwald A., Höffler F., Mayer C., Weimer-Jehle W. (2016): Consulting with energy scenarios - Requirements for scientific policy advice. Acatech, Munich. =>
  • Weimer-Jehle W. (2016): Climate-friendly energy supply [in German]. In: Benighaus C., Wachinger G., Renn O.: Citizens participation - Concepts and solutions for practice [in German]. Metzner-Verlag, Frankfurt, 272-284.
  • Deuschle J., Weimer-Jehle W. (2016): Obesity on children and young people - Analysing a health risk [in German]. In: Benighaus L., Renn O., Benighaus C. (Hrsg.): Gesundheitsrisiken im gesellschaftlichen Diskurs. Bremen: EHV Academicpress: 66-98.
  • Weimer-Jehle, W. (2015): Cross-Impact Analysis [in German]. In: Niederberger, M./Wassermann, S. (eds.): Methoden der Experten- und Stakeholdereinbindung in der sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschung [Methods of expert and stakeholder inclusion in social science research], Wiesbaden: VS-Verlag: 17-34.
  • Dieckhoff C., Appelrath H.-J., Fischedick M., Grunwald A., Höffler F., Mayer C., Weimer-Jehle W. (2014): Interpreting Energy Scenarios [in German]. acatech, series "Energiesysteme der Zukunft", Munich. =>
  • Hansen P., Pannaye C., Vögele S., Weimer-Jehle W., Prehofer S., Poganietz W.R. (2014): The Future(s) of the Energy Consumption of Private Households in Germany - A Multilevel Cross-Impact Analysis. Research Center Jülich, STE Research Report 7/2014. =>
  • Weimer-Jehle W., Prehofer S., Voegele S. (2013): Context scenarios - a concept for considering context uncertainty and context complexity in energy scenarios [in German]. TATuP 22(2), 27–36 =>
  • Weimer-Jehle W. (2013): The normative-functional concept of sustainability and the question of indicator weights. In: Jenssen T. (Ed.): Glances at renewable and sustainable energy - Principles, approaches and methodologies for an ambiguous benchmark. Springer, London.
  • Jenssen T., Weimer-Jehle W. (2012): More than the Sum of Its Parts. Consistent Scenarios for the Consumption of Heat Energy as a Common Reference Point for Policy and Science [in German], GAIA 21/4, 290–299
  • Weimer-Jehle W., Deuschle J., Rehaag R. (2012): Familial and societal causes of juvenile obesity - a qualitative model on obesity development and prevention in socially disadvantaged children and adolescents. Journal of Public Health, 20(2), 111-124. >>
  • Gallego Carrera D., Renn O., Wassermann S., Weimer-Jehle W., Hrsg. (2012): Sustainable heat use [in German]. Springer-Vieweg, Wiesbaden.
  • Weimer-Jehle W. und Kosow H. (2011): Gesellschaftliche Kontextszenarien als Ausgangspunkt für modellgestützte Energieszenarien. In: Dieckhoff C. et al. (Hrsg.): Energieszenarien - Konstruktion, Bewertung und Wirkung. KIT Scientific Publishing, Karlsruhe >>
  • Weimer-Jehle W., Wassermann S., Kosow H. (2011): Konsistente Rahmendaten für Modellierungen und Szenariobildung im Umweltbundesamt. Gutachten für das Umweltbundesamt, UBA-Texte 20/2011, Dessau-Roßlau. >>
  • Weimer-Jehle W. (2009): Szenarienentwicklung mit der Cross-Impact-Bilanzanalyse. In: Gausemeier J. (Hrsg.): Vorausschau und Technologieplanung. HNI-Verlagsschriftenreihe Bd. 265, Paderborn, 435-454. >>
  • Renn O., Deuschle J., Jäger A. und Weimer-Jehle W. (2009): A normative-functional concept of sustainability and its indicators. International Journal of Global Environmental Issues, 9:4, 291-317.
  • Weimer-Jehle W. (2008): Cross-Impact Balances - Applying pair interaction systems and multi-value Kauffman nets to multidisciplinary systems analysis. Physica A, 387:14, 3689-3700
  • Fuchs G., Fahl U., Pyka A., Staber U., Vögele S., Weimer-Jehle W. (2008): Generating Innovation Scenarios using the Cross-Impact Methodology. Ökonomisches Institut, Universität Bremen, Discussion-Papers Series No. 007-2008
  • Roloff N., Lehr U., Krewitt W., Fuchs G., Wassermann S., Weimer-Jehle W., Schmidt B. (2008): Success determinants for technological innovations in the energy sector - the case of photovoltaics. In: Möst D., Fichtner W., Ragwitz M., Veit D. (Hrsg.), New methods for energy market modelling. Proceedings of the First European Workshop on Energy Market Modelling using Agent-Based Computational Economics, Universitätsverlag Karlsruhe.
  • Renn O., Deuschle J., Jäger A. und Weimer-Jehle W. (2007): Leitbild Nachhaltigkeit - Eine normativ-funktionale Konzeption und ihre Umsetzung. VS-Verlag, Wiesbaden.
  • Weimer-Jehle W. (2006): Cross-Impact Balances: A System-Theoretical Approach to Cross-Impact Analysis. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 73:4, 334-361. >>