"Energy and Land: A Regional
Environmental Perspective on the Industrial Revolution"
Fridolin Krausmann is a research fellow and lecturer
in the Department of Social
Ecology at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Austrian
Universities, Vienna. He received a PhD in Ecology from the
of Vienna in 2001 and participated in a two year advanced
study program on Culture and the Environment with the Humanities
Faculty of the University of Vienna in 1996 and 1997. Since his
1995 master's thesis on the potential contribution and ecological
impacts of renewable energy in Austria he has worked on numerous
research projects focusing on land use, energy, and the interaction
between humans and the environment. With his research he has contributed
to the development of methods and tools for monitoring nature-society
interactions, including energy and material flow analysis, the
ecological footprint, and human appropriation of net primary production.
In recent years he expanded his perspective to include historical
times and has been studying the transformation of the socioeconomic
energy system during the industrial revolution and it's relation
to changes in land use and land cover.
While most of his research during the last years
has focused on the national and European level, he is currently
expanding his view to include the local and regional levels. He
uses three Austrian villages in different agro-ecological zones
as case studies to analyze and model the land use system in the
early 19th and late 20th centuries. He is interested in the sustainability
problems of pre-industrial agriculture and changes in the land
use system that occurred during the industrialization of agriculture.
His research contributes to ongoing discussions in environmental
and agricultural history. Among other issues he addresses soil
fertility and nutrient management, agricultural productivity,
the role of livestock in pre-industrial agriculture and the exploitation
of forest resources.
Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Austrian Universities
Department of Social Ecology
Schottenfeldgasse 29; A-1070 Vienna, Austria
Public Presentation: "Energy
and Land: New Perspectives on the Industrial Revolution"
Tuesday, September 17, 2002 3:00 p.m., Charter Hall 217
Power Point Presentation