Dr. Ulrike Eberle, ZNU, Project management

Dr. Ulrike Eberle has been working at the Center for Sustainable Leadership (ZNU) at the Witten/Herdecke University since 2015. She is head of research at ZNU. Within the framework of this activity, she leads, among other things, the research project „BioVal – Biodiversity Valuing & Valuation“.

She studied biology and chemistry and received her doctorate in household and nutritional sciences from the University of Giessen on the question “The sustainability label – a tool for implementing sustainable development?”. She is an expert in sustainable regeneration and life cycle assessment. Since 1994 she has been working scientifically on the question of how sustainable development can become reality. From 1994 to 2008 she was a research assistant and deputy head at the Öko-Institut. In 2008, Dr. Ulrike Eberle became self-employed with Corsus – corporate sustainability. She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the International Food Life Cycle Assessmnt Conferences and served as Chair of the panel from 2018-2020.


09/2015 – 04/2023

Witten/Herdecke University, Center for Sustainable Leadership (ZNU), www.mehrwert-nachhaltigkeit.de, Position: Head of Research

10/2010 – today

European Commission Expert, DG Research & Innovation Impact Assessments, Program Evaluation, Evaluation of Research Proposals & Projects

10/2008 – today

corsus – corporate sustainability GmbH, www.corsus.de,
Position: managing partner

02/1996 – 09/2008

Oeko-Institut e.V. - Institute for Applied Ecology, www.oeko.de, Position: Deputy head in the research area "Products & Material Flows"

02/1995 – 04/1996

Oeko-Institut e.V. - Institute for Applied Ecology, www.oeko.de, Position: Work contractor in the research area "Products & Material Flows"

09/1994 – 12/1994

Corporación Nacional Forestal (Conaf), Chile

Position: Practical training in the National Park / Biosphere Reserve Lauca, development of a counting method for the avifauna of Lago Chungará


04/1998 – 01/2001

Justus Liebig University, Gießen; external PhD student, Dr.oec.troph.
Dissertation: "The sustainability label - an instrument for the implementation of sustainable development?"

10/1987 – 07/1994

Albert Ludwigs University, Freiburg
State examination for the teaching profession at grammar schools in biology and chemistry (main subjects); state examination thesis: The biology of Anthidium oblongatum (Illiger, 1806)



Responsible for the scientific program of the international LCA Food 2020 conference

2011 - today

Scientific Committee der International Food LCA conference (head of Committee 2018-2020)


Scientific Committee of “LCA for Feeding the planet and energy for life” conference October 6 - 8, 2015 Stresa/Milan, organized by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission


“Denkkreis Lebensmittel” of „Denkwerk Zukunft”

2008 – 2011

Scientific Advisory Council on Consumer and Food Policy of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Selected Publications:

  • Lindner, Jan Paul, Ulrike Eberle, Eva Knuepffer and Carla R. V. Coelho. „Moving beyond Land Use Intensity Types: Assessing Biodiversity Impacts Using Fuzzy Thinking“. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, 5. Juli 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11367-021-01899-w.
  • Kühnen, M., Silva, S., Hahn, R., Schaltegger, S., Eberle, U., Schmid, M., Beckmann, J., & Hermann, C. (2019). Contributions to the sustainable development goals in life cycle sustainability assessment: Insights from the Handprint research project. NachhaltigkeitsManagementForum 27, 65–82 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00550-019-00484-y
  • Eberle U (2018) Land use impacts: comparing Irish and German milk production. In: Kasetsart University, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, National Science and Technology Development Agency (eds), p 90
  • Eberle, U.; Schmid, M. (2016): A preliminary methodological framework to assess potential contributions of food to sustainable transformation; Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Life Cycle Assess¬ment of Food 2016,
  • Eberle, Ulrike; Fels, Jacob (2016): Environmental impacts of German food consumption and food losses. In: Int J Life Cycle Assess 21 (5), S. 759–772. DOI: 10.1007/s11367-015-0983-7.
  • Eberle U, Lindner JP (2015) Biodiversity impact: case study beef production. In: Scalbi S, Loprieno AD, Sposato P (eds) International conference on Life Cycle Assessment as reference methodology for assessing supply chains and supporting global sustainability challenges. LCA for feeding the planet and energy for life, pp 302–306
  • Reisch, L.; Eberle, U.; Lorek, S. (2013): Sustainable Food Consumption: An Overview of Contemporary Issues and Policies. Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy 9(2):7-25
  • Eberle, U.; Hayn, D.; Rehaag, R.; Simshäuser, U. (Hg.) (2006): Ernährungswende. Eine Herausforderung für Politik, Unternehmen und Gesellschaft. München: Oekom Verlag