Daniel Fischer

Daniel Fischer
Wageningen University & Research | WUR · Department of Communication, Technology and Philosophy

PhD

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Introduction
In my research I explore how more sustainable ways of living and consuming can be facilitated through communication and learning in ways that increase reflexivity in learners and – in an educational tradition – help them reshape their relations to the consumer societies that they have been born, encultured, and socialized into in the industrialized world.
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August 2018 - present
Arizona State University
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  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2018 - present
Leuphana University Lüneburg
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  • Professor
June 2016 - August 2018
Leuphana University Lüneburg
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (177)
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Mindfulness, derived from Buddhist origins, refers to deliberate, unbiased and openhearted awareness of perceptible experience in the present moment. With its focus on cultivation of benevolent and clear-headed values and actions to self, others and the world, as well as its possible value in fostering greater coherence between values, attitudes an...
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Recent research suggests that mindfulness may foster sustainable consumption behavior through the reduction of the so-called attitude–behavior gap, or by weakening material values while increasing subjective well-being. The current controlled longitudinal study tested these propositions by employing a sustainability-adapted mindfulness-based interv...
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The concept of storytelling has sparked renewed interest in different fields of research and practice. Stories are presumed to simultaneously convey information, explain problems and evoke emotions. Educators and communicators wishing to explore the potential benefits of storytelling in a sustainability context, however, have struggled with concept...
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Communication plays an important role in promoting sustainable consumption. Yet how the academic literature conceptualizes and relates communication and sustainable consumption remains poorly understood, despite growing research on communication in the context of sustainable consumption. This article presents the first comprehensive review of susta...
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Over the past two decades, mindfulness meditation has received increasing attention in academia and various fields of practice. More recently, it has also been introduced into environmental and sustainability education (ESE) settings. This study offers a first exploratory investigation of learner experiences with consumption-specific mindfulness tr...
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Research has demonstrated the relevance of addressing food waste (FW) in private households in mitigating climate change. There is, however, little research on the potential of educational interventions in school settings to reduce this household FW. This paper explores the potential of education to positively shape 9th to 11th graders' behavioral...
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Die Schulschließungen im Zusammenhang mit der COVID-19-Pandemie werden im gegenwärtigen Bildungsdiskurs vor allem als verlorene Zeit mit Blick auf Lernrückstände problematisiert. Die Autor*innen zeigen anhand empirischer Studien auf, dass die pandemiebedingten Disruptionen durchaus auch neue Lernpotenziale eröffnet haben, insbesondere für eine Bild...
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Teacher Education for Sustainable Development (TESD) is a niche innovation in teacher education that empowers teachers to prepare learners to address global socio-environmental challenges. To advance the diffusion of this niche innovation into general teacher education, this article offers a systematic literature review based on a qualitative analy...
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Demand-side mitigation solutions such as changing peoples' consumption behaviors can substantially help limit climate change (IPCC, 2022). Labelling schemes are a promising tool to promote more sustainable consumption behavior by reliably informing the consumers about the performance of a product regarding a range of environmental, ethical, or soci...
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Plastic marine debris (PMD) polluting marine habitats is a pressing anthropogenic global environmental problem and its reduction requires the commitment of government and industry, and the collaboration of the public. Environmental citizen science projects (CSPs) have flourished and are widely regarded as having positive effects on participants’ kn...
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Sustainability entrepreneurs act based on expectations about how products will be received by consumers, in which directions markets and demand will develop, or which business models and innovations will prevail. Through their action-guiding function, expectations play an important role in how sustainability ventures develop in and out of niches. H...
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Time is an essential dimension of sustainability and its premise of intra- and intergenerational justice. Moreover, prevailing sociocultural practices of time use are drivers of unsustainability. Educational institutions convey social norms on time and are thus places where time is "learned." It is therefore of relevance for Education for Sustainab...
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The purpose of this chapter is to explore international trends emerging in the field of ESE-TE research. The chapter aims to describe the evolution of ESE-TE research by identifying its defining characteristics and purposes, while analyzing what trends suggest for the field’s trajectory. This chapter highlights four aspects of these international t...
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Alle Menschen verfügen über dieselbe Menge an täglicher Lebenszeit. Wie wir diese Zeit aber erleben und gestalten, ist individuell sehr unterschiedlich. Manchmal vergeht ein Nachmittag wie im Flug, ein anderes Mal plagt uns die Langeweile. Wir versuchen, Zeit zu sparen, verschwenden, genießen oder verlieren sie. Unser subjektives Zeitempfinden und...
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We all have the same amount of time each day. But how we experience and organise this time varies greatly from person to person. Sometimes an afternoon flies by, other times we are plagued by boredom. We try to save time, waste it, enjoy it or lose it. Our subjective perception of time and how we organise our personal time affects our well-being. B...
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Geeignete Instrumente und ausgewählte Maßnahmen zur besseren Kommunikation des nachhaltigen Konsums bei Kindern, insbesondere die Orientierung durch glaubwürdige Label, wie den Blauen Engel, entwickelt. Zielgruppen sind Lehrkräfte an den Grundschulen sowie in außerschulischen Betreuungseinrichtungen. Hierfür wurde u.a. eine mehrtägige Unterrichtsre...
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The increasing growth of consumption indicates that communicating the need to transition towards more sustainable lifestyles has so far been ineffective. Therefore, it is necessary to reorient communication efforts in ways that allow to more effectively create, identify, validate, and share conditions to enable all societal actors to shift towards...
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Das Geschichtenerzählen ist tief in der Menschheitsgeschichte verankert. In Geschichten erleben wir, wie Figuren Herausforderungen begegnen, Gefahren bewältigen oder Erlebnisse verarbeiten. Indem sie neue Erfahrungen und Handlungsmöglichkeiten eröffnen, können uns Geschichten helfen, die komplexe Welt um uns herum zu verstehen und zu verändern. Di...
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Dieser Beitrag geht zwei Fragen nach. Erstens: Wie wirkt textbasiertes SusTelling bei jungen Erwachsenen im Alter von 18 – 24 Jahren? Zweitens: Wirkt SusTelling unterschiedlich auf junge Erwachsene mit viel versus wenig Interesse an Nachhaltigkeitsthemen bzw. auf junge Erwachsene im Studium versus in der Berufsausbildung? Der Beitrag beginnt mit e...
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In this article, we elaborate a first definition of a sustainability-oriented 'time shaping competency'.
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Many detrimental effects on the environment, economy, and society are associated with the structure and practices of food systems around the world. While there is increasing agreement on the need for substantive change in food systems towards sustainability, divergent perspectives exist on what the appropriate points of intervention and strategies...
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As design research develops, theory is increasingly available for designers. However, there is a limited understanding of how practitioners incorporate theory in activities such as ideation. This exploratory study aims to understand how novice designers respond to and incorporate theory in the ideation phase of the design process. A theory from beh...
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A challenge in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD) is to develop learning formats and settings that take into account the changing learning styles of young people and are able to effectively initiate learning processes. Filmmaking is one such pedagogical approach; the potential of active participation in film projects to stimul...
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This piece argues for a new vision of education that gears learning towards building an equitable and inclusive society in a possible future with planetary stability and well-being as the main goal. The authors call for education to include new literacies to enhance critical thinking in an information intensive age; build up socio-emotional and aff...
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This piece argues for a new vision of education that gears learning towards building an equitable and inclusive society in a possible future with planetary stability and well-being as the main goal. The authors call for education to include new literacies to enhance critical thinking in an information intensive age; build up socio-emotional and aff...
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This technical report gives information on the experimental research design, the sampling approach and the measures used.
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Sustainability as a guiding idea for societal and economic development causes a growing need for reliable sustainability assessments (SAs). In response, a plethora of increasingly sophisticated, standardizAed, and specialized approaches have emerged. However, little attention has been paid to how applications of SAs in different contexts navigate t...
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The concept of storytelling has sparked renewed interest in different fields of research and practice. Stories are presumed to simultaneously convey information, explain problems and evoke emotions. Educators and communicators wishing to explore the potential benefits of storytelling in a sustainability context, however, have struggled with concept...
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Objectives Qualitative methods come along with specific methodological backgrounds and related empirical strengths and weaknesses. Research is lacking addressing the question of what it precisely means to study mindfulness practices from a particular methodological point of view. The aim of this paper is to shed light on what qualities of mindfulne...
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In this chapter, we critically assess the connection between mindfulness, education, and ESD. The aim is to explore the potential of mindfulness as an educational innovation in the context of the SDGs, in particular SDG 4. After providing some background to the philosophy and practice of mindfulness (section “Mindfulness”), we systematically analyz...
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One of the main objectives of higher education for sustainable development is to nurture holistic conceptions of sustainability in students, so that they can use sustainability as an approach to analyze and solve complex problems in their future professional fields. Existing studies have shown that students differ substantially in how relevant they...
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Kommunikation spielt eine entscheidende Rolle für eine gesellschaftliche Auseinandersetzung mit Umwelt- und Nachhaltigkeitsfragen. Nachhaltigkeitskommunikation als Teil der Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft befasst sich mit der Frage, wie die Idee der Nachhaltigkeit in Kommunikation aufgegriffen und ausgedeutet wird und dadurch gesellschaftliches Problem...
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Purpose This paper aims to explore the relationship between introspection and key competencies for sustainable consumption (KCSCs). It investigates whether mindfulness training can cultivate the ability to introspect and stimulate the development of KCSCs. Design/methodology/approach Two independent studies were analyzed. Data were retrieved from...
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Although it is contested how strongly knowledge influences behavior change (Kollmuss & Agyeman, 2002), there is broad agreement (as expressed e.g. in SDG 4.7) that basic knowledge about sustainability is a necessary condition for citizens to act informed. Media coverage is a critical means to raise awareness about sustainability issues. However, pa...
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Values guide people in their lives as overarching principles of judgments and decision making. Focusing on Schwartz's circumplex value model, the present work is the first systematic literature review (SLR) to comparatively synthesize the empirical evidence regarding stability and change of values in adulthood. Besides understanding the extent of v...
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The present conceptual article seeks to contribute to the literature on sustainability-related conflicts between organizations and their external stakeholder groups. We propose that (1) specific characteristics of sustainability issues can dramatically complicate conflict resolution between organizations and their stakeholders and (2) that social p...
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Based on results of the extensive research and development project BINK (German acronym for “Educational Institutions and Sustainable Consumption”), a training program for multipliers was implemented and evaluated that aimed to support the transferal of the project’s results into practical contexts. The main objective of the training was to enable...
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Excess use of disposable to-go-cups constitutes a severe sustainability threat. Behavioral economics and economic psychology suggest various antidotes. In the present paper, we report two studies – a large-scale intervention field study and an experiment – that constitute independent, pre-registered, and open replication attempts of a recently-intr...
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Dieser Beitrag stellt Zielsetzung, Ansatz und Ergebnisse einer Evaluationsstudie zur Implementierung des Konzepts „Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung“ (BNE) in die zweite Phase der Lehrerbildung dar. Das Pilotprojekt am Studienseminar für das Lehramt an Gymnasien in Wiesbaden, welches in diesem Band vorgestellt wird, wurde vom Institut für Umweltk...
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A central challenge in research on education for sustainable consumption (ESC) is to develop new approaches to engage adolescents with sustainable consumption (SC) in a way that addresses not only the cognitive but also the socio-emotional and behavioral levels. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) that foster awareness, (self-)reflection, and et...
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The potential of stories to explain problems and to arouse emotions has attracted the interest of various scientific disciplines under the concept of storytelling. The conference Narrations of Sustainability brought together researchers and practitioners with a focus on sustainability-related storytelling.
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Mit der Verabschiedung des Nationalen Aktionsplans Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung vollzog die deutsche Bundesregierung den notwendigen nächsten Schritt zur Erreichung der Bildungsziele im Rahmen der Sustainable Development Goals. Zeit für einen kritischen Blick auf die Maßnahmen auf Bundes- und Länderebene.
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Consumption is one of the greatest challenges for sustainable development. However, many of our daily consumer activities are routines and habits. Questioning these and establishing alternatives requires that we interrupt our automatic patterns and habits and explore what we want, what is good for us and how we want to deal with others and the surr...
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Konsum ist eine der größten Herausforderungen für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung. Viele unserer täglichen Konsumhandlungen sind jedoch Routinen und Gewohnheiten. Diese zu hinterfragen und Alternativen zu etablieren erfordert, dass wir unsere automatischen Muster und Gewohnheiten unterbrechen und erforschen, was wir wollen, was uns gut tut und wie wir...
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Current food consumption and production cannot be considered sustainable due to extensive ecological, social and economic issues along the supply chain. Reducing food waste is a major instrument in increasing food security and alleviating environmental pressure and thus increasing sustainable food consumption. In Germany, the main generators of foo...
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Eine Herausforderung im Bereich der Hochschulbildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung (HBNE) besteht darin, Lernformate zu entwickeln und Lernsettings zu gestalten, die den veränderten Lernstilen junger Menschen Rechnung tragen und wirksam Lernprozesse zu initiieren vermögen. Ein medienpädagogischer Ansatz ist das Filmemachen. Die Lernwirkung der aktive...
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Der Konsum tierischer Produkte ist aufgrund der ökologischen Konsequenzen der Herstellung tierischer Lebensmittel ein bedeutsames Thema für eine hochschulische Bildung für nachhaltigen Konsum. Nichtsdestotrotz ist eine Thematisierung der Problematik in der Hochschullehre mit Schwierigkeiten verbunden, die vor allem auf deren affektiv-moralische Auf...
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Der Begriff des Storytellings hat in vielen gesellschaftlichen Bereichen Interesse geweckt, wird mit ihm doch auf das Potenzial von Geschichten verwiesen, Informationen zu transportieren, Probleme zu erklären und Emotionen hervorzurufen. Der Beitrag bilanziert, wie vielseitige Formen des Storytellings eine Reihe von Chancen für die Nachhaltigkeitsk...
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The authors of this paper work on the assumption that climate change and other pressing environmental and social issues cannot be solved by technologies alone; what we also need is changes in our consumption patterns and life styles. This is much harder to achieve than technological innovations, because it touches the lives of individual citizens a...
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In the face of existing obstacles in the interdisciplinary research on sustainable consumption behaviors, we argue for the need of an integrative framework from an interdisciplinary perspective. Such a framework is presented in the form of a three-dimensional cube model of sustainable consumption behavior (SCB-cube) extended by a fourth impact dime...
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Wie soll der Journalismus mit einem Begriff umgehen, der vielen beliebig interpretierbar erscheint? Daniel Fischer, Professor für Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft an der Universität Lüneburg, über Worthülsen, Wohlfühlsprech – und warum Nachhaltigkeit und Journalismus einander – trotz der oft fehlenden Trennschärfe des Begriffes – unbedingt brauchen. E...
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Workshop im Rahmen des 2. Agendakongresses in Berlin
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There is broad agreement that the regulative idea of sustainability needs to be specified in public deliberation so that it can contribute to sustainable development policies and practices. The media plays a critical role in this endeavor. However, journalists commonly criticize the terminology of ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable development’ as b...
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Despite several decades of Education for Sustainable Development, it seems that there is still no massive transition in (individual) consumer behaviour from ‘unbridled’ to sustainable and thus so that we still notice an absence of widespread responsible lifestyles. It has been documented numerous times that there is a gap between knowledge of and p...
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Purpose Promoting sustainable consumption among young consumers has become a key priority on the research agenda in such different fields as education for sustainable development, environmental psychology, and consumer policy. Progress in this field has been hampered by a lack of sophisticated research instruments capable of measuring consumption...
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Purpose: There is broad consensus that the implementation of education for sustainable development (ESD) requires the consideration of geographical and cultural contexts. Despite such an agreement at theoretical level, there is so far an apparent lack of practical experiences and solid research on app roaches that effectively manage to engage profe...
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Bildung für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung und Nachhaltigkeitskommunikation gehören seit nunmehr 25 Jahren zum Diskurs um eine nachhaltige Entwicklung. In zahlreichen Modellprojekten konnte gezeigt werden, welche Beiträge sie zur Förderung gesellschaftlicher Such-, Lern- und Gestaltungsprozesse zu leisten vermögen. Das Aufgreifen von Bildung für eine...
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Several widespread approaches to Education for Sustainable Consumption (ESC) have emerged from the tradition of consumer information. A major shortcoming of such cognitive-focused approaches is their limited capacity to facilitate reflection on the affective processes underpinning people’s engagement with consumption. More holistic pedagogies are t...