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Personal profile

Short biography

Martin Bruckner graduated in Economics and Computer Sciences from the Vienna University of Technology (TU) and in Social and Human Ecology from the Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), Alpen-Adria-University, before completing his doctorate in Social and Economic Sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna.

From 2005 to 2013 he was a research assistant at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI). In October 2013 he joined the "Global Resource Use" research group at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). He currently holds a position as a senior researcher at the ETH Zürich.

Research interests

Martin's research focuses on modeling the physical dimension of biomass conversion and distribution networks. To this end, he develops multi-regional physical supply and use tables and input-output tables, which he uses to study the characteristics, drivers, environmental impacts and dynamics of socio-economic biomass metabolism.

Areas of application include, for example:

  • analyses of the global impact of consumption of food and non-food products on land and water use, greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity loss,
  • the water-food-energy nexus,
  • environmental risks associated with an expansion of the bioeconomy,
  • potential effects and interactions of dietary changes and the reduction of food waste, or
  • climate risks in global agricultural supply chains.

Fields of research: Land use, nutrition, international trade, bioeconomy, climate change, input-output analysis, environmental footprinting

External positions

Senior Researcher, Dr. Stefan Haefliger (ETH Zürich)

1 Jan 202331 Dec 2023


  • Environmental footprinting
  • Land use
  • Nutrition
  • International trade
  • Bioeconomy
  • Climate change
  • Input-output analysis

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