Dr Edgar Göll

Senior Researcher

Dipl.-Sociologist | Administrative Scientist
The person

Dr Edgar Göll has been a Senior Researcher at the IZT since 2020. From 2014-2020, he was IZT's Co-Research Director of the Futures Studies and Participation and Futures Studies and Transformation clusters. Edgar Göll joined the IZT in 1995 as a research associate. His work focuses on futures research, sustainable development, Local Agenda 21, governance, participation and globalisation. At the IZT he is responsible for the relationship and membership of the WFSF (World Future Studies Federation) and was involved in the preparation of the 24th WFSF World Conference ("The Openness of Futures").

In 2016, he was elected to the board of Netzwerk Zukunftsforschung e.V.. He is a member of the Academic Board of the European Journal for Futures Research (Springer). In spring 2014, Dr Göll was a short-term lecturer at the University of Antananarivo, Madagascar. From 2007 to 2009, Dr Göll worked as a consultant and researcher at the Center for Future Studies (CFS), a staff unit of the Cabinet Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) in Cairo, Egypt. His stay was organised by CIM (Frankfurt/M.) in the "Integrated Experts" programme. Dr Göll was the recipient of the 2011 Robert Jungk Research Fellowship from the City of Salzburg and the Robert Jungk Centre Salzburg. Since 2010, Dr Göll has also been a lecturer in the master's programme "Futures Studies" at the Institut Futur of the FU Berlin in the field of application "Politics/Governance".

He is a founding member of the association "Berlin 21" (and its predecessor bodies) and was an expert in the commissions of enquiry of the Berlin House of Representatives on sustainable development and Local Agenda 21. As a long-standing editor of the now defunct journal "Zukünfte", he is still the contact person for the journal's archive. Research stays took him to the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development (ÖIN) in Vienna and to the FH Salzburg ("Land Salzburg Research Fellowship").

He studied sociology, administrative sciences and social sciences at universities and colleges in Bielefeld, Madison/USA, Speyer, FU Berlin and completed his doctorate at the University of Göttingen. Before that he trained as a toolmaker.


  • Applied futurology
  • Governance
  • Future studies and foresight projects
  • Sustainability assessments
  • Social innovation
  • Politics/Governance
  • Society