Chairman, Economic and Fiscal Policy Commission, Friends of the Earth Germany
A biologist, ecologist and economist by education, Joachim H. Spangenberg works professionally as a macro economist for the Helmholtz Centre for Environment Research, the Sustainable Europe Research Institute Germany and the Université Versailles St. Quentin-en-Yvelines on sustainable development strategies and indicators, environmental conflicts, ecosystem services valuation and issues of economic growth.
Since 1986 he is a volunteer with Friends of the Earth, heading the international environmental policy commission from 1988 to 1999, serving as the founding chairman of Friends of the Earth Europe from 1989 to 1996. Since 2010 he is chairing the economic and fiscal policy commission, focussing on limits to growth, sustainable consumption, and the role of business in a post-growth economy. Other voluntary activities include working with the IPCC and in the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, the EU Expert Group on Resource Efficiency and in the OECD Task Force on Green Growth and Sustainable Development.