Tobias Luthe

Prof. Tobias Luthe
Senior Researcher, Resilience of Social-Ecological Systems
Planung von Landschaft und Urbanen Systemen PLUS
Institut für Raum- und Landschaftsentwicklung IRL
ETH Zürich
HIL H51.3
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 5
CH-8093 Zürich

Phone: +41 (0) 41 76 5686442
Fax: +41 (0) 44 633 11 02
E-mail: luthet(at)
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Additional functions:
Associate Professor, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway
Direktor, MonViso Institute, Italy

Key Publications of Tobias Luthe (up to ten) :
Luthe, T. 2018. Designing More Resilient Arctic Communities: Change Means Chance. The Circle 2/2018. WWF Arctic Program.

Luthe, T. 2017. The Resilience of Snow Sports: From Vision to Transformation. Zur Resilienz des Schneesports: Von der Vision zur Transformation. FdSnow 51 2.2017. Fachzeitschrift des Skisports. Planegg, Germany. Deutscher Skiverband, Freunde des Skisports, Stiftung Sicherheit im Skisport (HrsG). ISSN 1864-5593.

Balvanera P., T. M. Daw, T. Gardner, B. Martín-Lopez, A. V. Nörstrom, C. I. Speranza, M. Spierenburg, E. M. Bennett, M. Farfan, M. Hamann, J. N. Kittinger, T. Luthe, M. Maass, G. Peterson, G. Pérez-Verdin. 2017. Key features for successful place-based sustainability research on social-ecological systems: The PECS perspective. Ecology and Society 22(1):14. DOI:10.5751/ES-08826-220114.

Luthe, T. 2017. Success in Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research. Sustainability 9(1), 71. DOI: 10.3390/su9010071.

Luthe T. and M. von Kutzschenbach. 2016. Building common ground in mental models of sustainability. Sustainability: The Journal of Record 9(5):247-254. DOI 10.1089/

Luthe, T. and R. Wyss. 2016. Resilience to climate change in a cross-scale tourism governance context: a combined quantitative- qualitative network analysis. Ecology and Society 21(1):27. DOI: 10.5751/ES-08234-210127.

Luthe. T. and R. Wyss. 2015. The Capacity of Social-Ecological Systems for Planning Resilience: Introducing Adaptive Waves. Sustainability Science 10(4):673-685. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-015-0316-6.

Fischer J., Gardner TA, Bennett EM, Balvanera P, Biggs R, Carpenter S, Daw T, Folke C, Hill R, Hughes T, Luthe T, Maass M, Meacham M, Norstroem AE, Peterson G, Queiroz C, Seppelt R, Spierenburg M, Tenhun J. 2015. Advancing sustainability through mainstreaming a social-ecological systems perspective. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 14:144-149. Doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2015.06.002 .

Holtz G, Alkemade F, de Haan F, Koehler J, Trutnevyte E, Chappin E, Halbe J, Kwakkel J, Luthe T, Ruutu S, Papachristos G, Yucel G. 2015. Prospects of modelling societal transitions – Position paper of an emerging community. Environmental Innovations and Societal Transitions 17:41-58. DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2015.05.006.

Luthe, T. and R. Wyss. 2014. Assessing and Planning Resilience in Tourism. Tourism Management 44:161-163. DOI:10.1016/j.tourman.2014.03.011

Luthe, T., Kaegi, T. and J. Reger. 2013. A Systems Approach to Sustainable Technical Product Design. Combining life cycle assessment and virtual development in the case of skis. Journal of Industrial Ecology 17(4), 605-617. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12000

Luthe, T., Wyss, R. and M. Schuckert. 2012. Network governance and regional resilience to climate change: empirical evidence from mountain tourism communities. Regional Environmental Change. Volume 12, Issue 4 (2012), Page 839-854. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-012-0294-5

Luthe, T. and F. Schlaepfer. 2011. Effects of third-party information on the demand for more sustainable consumption: a choice experiment on the transition of winter tourism. Environmental Innovation and Social Transitions, Volume 1, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1016/j.eist.2011.10.002

Expertise of Tobias Luthe:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeExpert Type
Scientific / Fundamental Research
Applied Sciences / Technologies / Engineering
Research Interface / Management
ScopeImpact of Change
Vulnerability to Change
Adaptation Measures to Change
Topic AtmosphereGlobal Warming
Topic CryosphereCryosphere
Polar Ice Sheets/ Sea Ice
Snow Cover
Topic BiosphereBiosphere
Topic Integrated SystemsIntegrated Systems and Ecology
Carbon Cycle
Nutrient Cycle / Food Chain
Economic Cycle
Life Cycle
Topic EcosystemsEcosystems
Terrestrial Ecosystems
Topic Economy/ResourceUseEconomy / Resource Use
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery
Transport / Mobility
Land Cover / Land Use / Landscape
Topic TechnologyTechnology
Topic Politics/LawPolitics / Law
Topic SocietySociety
Education / Communication / Participation
Topic SustainabilitySustainability
Ecological Sustainability
Social Sustainability
Economic Sustainability
Spatial ZonesMountain / Highland
Spatial ScaleGlobal / Hemispheric
Local / Community
Time FrameRecent / Today
Statistical FocusVariability
Data Collection - Measurement
Data Collection - Interviews, Questionnaires
Applied Research / Technology
Integrated Assessment
Collaboration with developing and transition countries ; Capacity Building
High Altitude

Specialties of Tobias Luthe:
  • Systemic Regenerative Design. Systemic Innovation

  • Real-world laboratories

  • Modelling socio-ecological-economic systems to develop a dynamic quantified network model

  • Resilience of socio-ecological-economic systems to global environmental change

  • Integrated assessment and quantification of sustainability

  • Ecological economics: qualitative economic growth, low carbon economy

  • Industrial ecology: holistic socio-ecologic product and process design

  • Social ecology and behavioral change: knowledge, awareness building and sustainable consumption, communication of sustainability

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