Economic Education and Sustainable Consumption

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heiko Steffens

Short CV

Heiko Steffens, born in 1938, retired from the chair of "work studies: economy and private households" at the Technische Universität Berlin in September 2003. He studied education and economics in Bonn and Münster. He did his PhD at Teacher Training College in Münster (Dietmar Krafft). He was senior lecturer at the University of Bielefeld for “Economics and related didactics” (Friedrich-Wilhelm Dörge). In 1981 he took the chair of "work studies: economy and private household".

Research Areas

  • Consumer Policy
  • Consumer Education
  • Management of civil society organisations
  • Media for economic education
  • Sustainable consumption

Volontary Activities

  • President of the German Association of Consumer Organisations (1995-2001)
  • Member of the European Economic and Social Committee EcoSoc Brussels (2002-2007)
  • Vice-President of Consumer Council Berlin (1992-2004)
  • Club of Rome schools - member of advisory board


  • Bundesverdienstkreuz (Cross of Merits) of Germany (1996)
  • Bicentenary medallion of the Christian Brothers of Irland (2004)
  • Doctor honoris causa of the University of Economics in Bratislava/Slovakia (2006)
  • Award of the Japan Academy of Consumer Education (Yokohama, 2010)

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c.

Heiko Steffens


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