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Dr. Frieder Rubik


Dr. rer. pol., Economist

The current economy must be fundamentally transformed. This mammoth task drives Frieder Rubik in various institutional and thematic contexts. As a senior researcher at the IÖW, he primarily researches sustainable production and consumption patterns, innovations and the circular economy. The economist cooperates with practical partners from the packaging and textile industries and local authorities, for example.

Since the 1990s, Frieder Rubik has been an internationally recognized pioneer of 'Integrated Product Policy' (IPP). Since then, he has been involved in its conceptual development and operational implementation.


Main focus

  • Sustainable production and consumption patterns (SCP)
  • Circular economy
  • Integrated Product Policy (IPP)
  • Innovation and business models


  • Since 10/1990: Senior Researcher at the IÖW
  • 1990 – 2022: Head of the department “Ecological Product Policy” at the IÖW
  • 1989 – 1990: Researcher and head of financial department at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), Bonn
  • 1982 – 1988: Research fellow at the Oeko-Institute, Freiburg


  • 1999 – 2002: Dr. rer.pol, University Kassel
  • 1975 – 1981: National economics, University Heidelberg

Commitment and committees

  • Member of the board of ERSCP Society (“European Roundtable Sustainable Consumption and Production”)
  • Treasurer of the ERSCP Society