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Prof. Dr. Christian Herzig (Chair holder)

Prof. Dr. Christian Herzig

Senckenbergstr. 3
D-35390 Giessen

Zeughaus, Room 223 (2nd floor left)

Tel.: +49 (0)641 99-37271
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JLU Giessen

  • Professor of Business Administration in the Food Economy and Agribusiness at the Department of Business Adminstration for the Agricultural and Food Sector (IBAE)
  • Programme Director "M.Sc. Sustainable Food Economis" (NEWI)
  • Chairman of the Board of the Center for Sustainable Food Systems (ZNE)
  • Member of JLU's start-up centre "Entrepreneurship Center Central Hesse" (ECM)

Previous stations

  • Professor for Management in the International Food Industry, Department of Organic Agricultural Sciences, University of Kassel
  • Professor of Business in Society, Nottingham Trent University, England
  • Assistant Professor for Sustainability Accounting and Reporting, University of Nottingham, England
  • Postdoctoral positions: University of South Australia, University of Nottingham, Leuphana University Lüneburg
  • Guest lectureships at the Free University of Berlin, the University of Basel, Marmara University/Istanbul and the Grand École in Agricultural, Nutritional and Environmental Sciences, ISARA/Lyon
  • Doctorate on integrative sustainability management in economics and social sciences, Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Research experience

  • Research on ecological and social issues in the food sector at agricultural, economic and environmental science faculties in Germany, England and Australia
  • PI/Co-I in research projects and work packages (e.g. EU, BMEL, BMBF, BMWK, BMZ, DAAD, HMUKLV, HMWK, HEFCE)
  • Former spokesperson of the Graduate Centre for Environmental Research and Teaching (GradZ) and member of the Competence Centre for Empirical Research Methods, Kassel
  • Former Vice Dean (Research) of the Department of Organic Agricultural Sciences at the University of Kassel / Witzenhausen
  • Former Co-Director of the Exceed Centre "Global Partnership Network" (SDG17) and Head of the Research Cluster "Global Economy" (Agriculture, Finance, Renewables)
  • Former spokesperson of the cooperative doctoral programme "Food Economy and Technology" with a focus on "Sustainability along the Food Chain", University of Kassel & Fulda University of Applied Sciences

Publications in journals

  • Agricultural and food science journals: e.g. Agriculture and Human Values; British Food Journal; Zeitschrift für Agrargeschichte und Agrarsoziologie; International Food and Agribusiness Management Review
  • Sustainability journals: e.g. Journal of Business Ethics; Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management; Journal of Cleaner Production; Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal; Journal of Environmental Policy and Law
  • Business journals: e.g. Journal of Business Research; Management Accounting Research; Accounting Forum; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability

Teaching experience

  • Former programme director MSc "International Food Business and Consumer Studies" and MSc "Sustainable Food Systems" (Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences - University of Kassel, Faculty of Oecotrophology and Food Technology - HS Fulda)
  • Former programme director of MSc "Corporate Social Responsibility", University of Nottingham, England
  • Development and implementation of a blended learning programme on methods of environmental accounting and resource efficiency on behalf of the BMZ
  • Member of the 2020 specialist programme "LEHREN - Das Bündnis für Hochschullehre" with a focus on "Teaching and learning sustainability and social transformation" of the Toepfer Foundation
  • Teaching modules for a range of degree programmes, including Food Economics (M.Sc.), Agricultural and Resource Economics (M.Sc.), Oecotrophology (B.Sc., M.Sc.), International Food Business and Consumer Studies (M.Sc.), Sustainable International Agriculture (M.Sc.), Agricultural Sciences / Organic Agricultural Sciences (B.Sc., M.Sc.), Environmental and Sustainability Sciences (B.Sc., M.Sc.), Management Studies (B.A., M.Sc.), International Business (M.Sc.), Managing International Operations (M.Sc.), Accounting and Finance (B.A., M.Sc.), Corporate Social Responsibility (M.Sc., MBA, Executive), Sustainability Management (MBA)

Practical experience

  • Corporate projects in food processing, the agricultural sector, the beverage industry, out-of-home catering and event management
  • Advising organisations on the development and implementation of sustainability concepts and sustainability reporting
  • Implementation of environmental management systems in accordance with ISO14001 (e.g. Emilia Romagna, Italy) and EMAS / Eco-Audit Regulation
  • Project evaluation and impact analyses
  • Participation in advisory boards and stakeholder dialogues