Oliver Zwirner


Oliver Zwirner is a specialist in analysing and designing environmental and sustainability statistics, accounts, indicators and indices from a statistical, policy and political perspective. He is drawing from a broad range of experience in business (mainly the financial industry), research (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ & University of Leeds), and policy. For about 10 years he has worked at the European Commission, Environment Directorate-General inter alia on environmental and sustainable development indicators and measuring overall societal progress to go 'beyond GDP'.

In 2016 he moved to University of Leeds and worked inter alia to improve sustainability impact assessment methods and methodology in the CVORR project. In May 2018 he started working on 'Natural capital accounting: distribution of benefits'.

For more information and publications please visit ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Oliver_Zwirner

Research interests

  • Policy-science-statistics interface
  • Beyond GDP - summary metrics to measure societal progress
  • Natural capital and integrated environmental economic accounting
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Development Indicators (SDI)
  • Sustainability Impact Assessment (SIA) methods and methodology
  • Environmental Macro-Indicators (EMI)
  • Composite indices
  • Good practice of communicating of and with numerical knowledge
  • Ecological economic and macro ecological theory


  • Diplomoekonom (MA Economics and Social Sciences), University of Augsburg, Germany