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Dr. Tobias Luthe



Associate Professor The Oslo School of Architecture and Design; Head of ETH Zurich Systemic Design Labs
Official Functions
ACADEMIC The Oslo School of Architecture and Design AHO, Norway 2019- Associate Professor for Systemic Regenerative Design and Innovation for Sustainability. Institute for Design / Center for Design Research. Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich, Switzerland 2018- Research Scientist in Resilience of Social-Ecological (Mountain) Systems. Head of “Systemic Design Labs“. Institute for Planning of Landscape and Urban Systems. Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering. University of Freiburg, Germany 2005- Adjunct Professor. Interdisciplinary course “Sustainability Leadership Training”. Centre for Key Qualifications. Mountain Research Initiative MRI Co-lead of the Mountain Resilience working group PRACTICE 2015- Co-founding director. The MonViso Institute, a real-world mountain laboratory for research, education and entrepreneurship in sustainability transformations and systemic design, situated in the Italian Piedmont Alps. 2008- Co-Founder and systemic designer. Grown Design, an Outdoor Creativity Lab. Regenerative design inspired by outdoor creativity. Essential outdoor tools, local adventures, co-creation community, science-industry partnerships.
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ETH Zürich (Switzerland, Zürich)


Biological Sciences
Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, Ecosystem Services, Forestry, General Biological Sciences, Terrestrial Ecosystems
Cryospheric Sciences
Snow Sciences
Earth Sciences
General Earth Sciences, Geochemistry
Hydrospheric Sciences
Fresh Water Systems, water circularity
Integrated Systems
Carbon Cycle, General Integrated Systems, Nutrient Cycle, Social-ecological Systems
Social Sciences and Humanities
Economics, Educational Studies, Media and Communication Studies, Political Sciences, Sociology, Social Work, Resilience of social-ecological systems


Research Expertise
Applied Research, Basic Research, Interdisciplinary Research, Research Interface and Management, Transdisciplinary Research
Earth Observations, Field Experiments, Field Observations, Integrative Assessments, Modeling, Policy Analysis, Qualitative Social Science Methods, Spatial Analysis, Synthesis and Meta-analysis, systemic design and systems oriented design; life cycle assessment; footprint accounting; real-world laboratory research; transition research
Mountain Ranges of Research Expertise
Alps, Andes, Kamchatka Range
Spatial Scale of Expertise
Continental, Global/Hemispheric, Local/Community, National/Cultural, Regional
Statistical Focus


MonViso Institute, a real-world mountain laboratory (MVI)

Start Date
Aug. 14, 2015
End Date
Funding Source
co-founding director
12030 Ostana CN

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List of publications
Salliou N., Bruley E., Luthe T., Blanco V., Lavorel S., A. Grêt-Regamey. 2021. Game of Cruxes: co-designing a game for scientists and stakeholders for identifying joint problems. Sustainability Science. Fazey I., Schäpke N., (…) Luthe T. (…) et al. 2020. Transforming knowledge systems for life on Earth: Visions of future systems and how to get there. Energy Research & Social Science 70 (2020) 101724. A short summarizing movie has just been released at the Transformations 2021 conference. 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. 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/ Kelman I., Luthe T., Wyss R., Tornblad S. H., Evers Y., Curran M. M., Williams R., E. L. Berlow. 2016. Social network analysis and qualitative interviews for assessing geographic characteristics of tourism business networks. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0156028. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0156028. 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. Wyss, R., Luthe, T. and B. Abegg. 2015. Building resilience to climate change: the role of cooperation in alpine tourism networks. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability. 20(8):908-922. DOI:10.1080/13549839.2013.879289. 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 Wyss, R., Abegg, B. and T. Luthe. 2014. Perceptions of climate change in a tourism governance context. Tourism Management Perspectives 11(C):69-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.tmp.2014.04.004 Voll, F. and T. Luthe. 2013. A systemic perspective on sustainable governance of protected areas. Eco.mont. Journal on Protected Mountain Areas Research and Management 6(1). ISSN 2073-1558 online version: 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