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Rafael Ziegler

Visiting Professor,  Department of Management

Rafael Ziegler

Contact information

HEC Montréal
3000, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montréal (Québec)
Canada H3T 2A7

Email: rafael.ziegler@hec.ca
Phone: 514 340-5638
Secretary: 514 340-6322
Fax: n/a
Office: 5.207

Other title(s)


  • Ph.D. (Philosophy), McGill University
  • B.Sc.( Philosophy and Economics), London School of Economics


  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Sustainability Science
  • Innovation Studies

Current research

  • Forthcoming

This publication selection covers the last five years.


Journal articles (12)

HEGDE, Narasimha, ZIEGLER, Rafael, JOOSTEN, Hans; « The Values of Sacred Swamps: Belief-Based Nature Conservation in a Secular World », Environmental Values, vol. 29, no 4, 2020, p. 443-459.

WALTON, Craig R., ZAK, Dominik, AUDET, Joachim, PETERSEN, Rasmus Jes, LANGE, Jelena, OEHMKE, Claudia, WICHTMANN, Wendelin, KREYLING, Jürgen, GRYGORUK, Mateusz, JABLONSKA, Ewa, KOTOWSKI, Wiktor, WIŚNIEWSKA, Marta B., ZIEGLER, Rafael, HOFFMANN, Carl C.; « Wetland buffer zones for nitrogen and phosphorus retention: Impacts of soil type, hydrology and vegetation », Science of the Total Environment, vol. 727, 2020, p. 1-20.

TEASDALE, Simon, ROY, Michael J., ZIEGLER, Rafael, MAUKSCH, Stefanie, DEY, Pascal, RAUFFLET, Emmanuel Benoit; « Everyone a Changemaker? Exploring the Moral Underpinnings of Social Innovation Discourse Through Real Utopias », Journal of Social Entrepreneurship, 2020 (status : online).

ZIEGLER, Rafael; « Paludiculture as a critical sustainability innovation mission », Research Policy, vol. 49, no 5, 2020, p. 1-9.

ZIEGLER, Rafael; « Water Innovation for a Circular Economy: The Contribution of Grassroots Actors », Water Alternatives, vol. 12, no 2, 2019, p. 774-787.

HEGDE, Narasimha, ZIEGLER, Rafael, GREISER, Caroline, JOOSTEN, Hans; « A preliminary assessment of landscape features and cultural practices of sacred fresh water swamps in the central Western Ghats, India », Wetlands Ecology and Management, vol. 26, no 1, 2018, p. 49-61.

ZIEGLER, Rafael; « Social innovation as a collaborative concept », Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, vol. 30, no 4, 2017, p. 388-405.

ZIEGLER, Rafael, MOLNAR, Gyorgy, CHIAPPERO-MARTINETTI, Enrica, VON JACOBI, Nadia; « Creating (Economic) Space for Social Innovation », Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal for People-Centered Development, vol. 18, no 2, 2017, p. 293-298.

VON JACOBI, Nadia, EDMISTON, Daniel, ZIEGLER, Rafael; « Tackling Marginalisation through Social Innovation? Examining the EU Social Innovation Policy Agenda from a Capabilities Perspective », Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: A Multi-Disciplinary Journal for People-Centered Development, vol. 18, no 2, 2017, p. 148-162.

ZIEGLER, Rafael; « Climate Neutrality – Towards An Ethical Conception of Climate Neutrality », Ethics, Policy & Environment, vol. 19, no 3, 2016, p. 256-272.

RUPPERT-WINKEL, Chantal, ARLINGHAUS, Robert, DEPPISCH, Sonja, EISENACK, Klaus, GOTTSCHLICH, Daniela, HIRSCHL, Bernd, MATZDORF, Bettina, MÖLDERS, Tanja, PADMANABHAN, Martina, SELBMANN, Kirsten, ZIEGLER, Rafael, PLIENINGER, Tobias; « Characteristics, emerging needs, and challenges of transdisciplinary sustainability science: experiences from the German Social-Ecological Research Program », Ecology and Society, vol. 20, no 3, 2015, p. 1-17.


Book chapters (6)

ZIEGLER, Rafael; « The times of social innovation – fictional expectation, precautionary expectation and social imaginary », A Research Agenda for Social Entrepreneurship, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019, p. 164-176.

ZIEGLER, Rafael; « Liberation from excess: a post-growth economy case for freedom in the Anthropocene », Liberty and the Ecological Crisis: Freedom on a Finite Planet, Routledge, 2019, p. 147-160.

ZIEGLER, Rafael; « This is the case (study) – so what? Reflections on a constitutive tension in sustainability science », Transdisciplinary Research and Sustainability: Collaboration, Innovation and Transformation, Routledge, 2019, p. 153-170.

ZIEGLER, Rafael; « Social Innovation and the Capability Approach », Atlas of Innovation: New Practices for a Better Future, Technische Universität Dortmund, 2018, p. 36-39.

ZIEGLER, Rafael; « Innovation and justice : contributions of the capabilities approach to a 21st century, transformative perspective on innovation », Human development in times of crisis: Renegotiating social justice, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, p. 327-346.

ZIEGLER, Rafael, KERSCHBAUMER, Lilin; « Wasserethik », Handbuch Umweltethik, J.B. Metzler, 2016, p. 256-262.

This selection of supervision activities covers the last five years.

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