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Sustainable Consumption Institute

Malte Rödl

Malte graduated in 2015 in the Erasmus Mundus Master's Programme of Industrial Ecology with an MSc in Industrial Ecology; the degree was awarded by the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden).

Malte Rödl

He also took degree-relevant courses at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, and Waseda University, Japan.

In his undergraduate years, he studied Mechanical Engineering in Germany and Canada; during this time he worked as a student assistant for a company developing optical sensor technology.

Research title

The evolution of ‘meat analogues’: a comparative analysis of the interconnectedness of changing consumption and production practices.

Research project

Malte's PhD research explores meat analogues from an evolutionary perspective.

Meat analogues are products that are advertised as being similar or equivalent to meat in appearance, usage, nutrition or taste, but do not derive from flesh. Mostly, they are made from plant protein such as soybeans; yet more recently, companies are trying to develop products that are grown from cell cultures in a laboratory.

Malte is exploring:

  • what practices are involved in the consumption of meat and meat analogues
  • how these are interlinked with producer practices, such as innovation management, product development, or marketing.

Research interests

Originating in his engineering studies, Malte is deeply interested in the interrelation of technology and society, and how they shape and influence each other.

This is merged with an interest in broader societal and environmental issues, as well as their solutions and origins, and interpretations.