Daniel Fischer

Daniel Fischer
Daniel Fischer

Daniel Fischer is an assistant professor at the School of Sustainability and an affiliate faculty member at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Before that, he worked for 10 years at Leuphana University in Germany, where he still is a guest professor. In his research and teaching, Daniel casts an educational perspective on the question of how sustainable consumption can be promoted through communication and learning. He uses inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to understand how consumption patterns evolve and change. Daniel has a strong interest in how innovative teaching and learning strategies like mindfulness, storytelling or citizen science can increase reflexivity in learners and – in an educational tradition – help us reshape our relations to the consumer societies that we have been born, encultured and socialized into in the industrialized world.


  • PhD, Sustainability Science, Leuphana University, 2014
  • MA, Educational Management and School Development, University of Osnabrück, 2008
  • Teacher Certification, Primary and Secondary School Teaching, University of Osnabrück, 2005

Selected Publications

  • Fischer, D., Stanszus, L., Geiger, S., Grossman, P., & Schrader, U. (2017). Mindfulness and Sustainable Consumption: A Systematic Literature Review of Research Approaches and Findings. Journal of cleaner productions, 162,544  558. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.007
  • Geiger, S. M., Fischer, D., & Schrader, U. (2018). Measuring What Matters in Sustainable Consumption: An Integrative Framework for the Selection of Relevant Behaviors. Sustainable Development, 26, 18–33. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.1688
  • Fischer, D., Haucke, F., & Sundermann, A. (2017). What does the Media mean by ‘sustainability’ or ‘sustainable development’? An empirical analysis of sustainability terminology in German newspapers over two decades. Sustainable Development, 25, 610–624. https://doi.org/10.1002/sd.1681
  • Di Giulio, A., Fischer, D., Schäfer, M., & Blättel-Mink, B. (2014). Conceptualizing sustainable consumption: Toward an integrative framework. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, 10, 45–61. https://doi.org/10.1080/15487733.2014.11908124
  • Fischer, D. (2011). Educational Organisations as ‘Cultures of Consumption’: Cultural Contexts of Consumer Learning in Schools. European Educational Research Journal, 10, 595–610. https://doi.org/10.2304/eerj.2011.10.4.595

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