Peter trained in the humanities (modern history, philosophy and literature – BA / MA / BA) as well as in the social sciences (political sciences) in Germany, Denmark and Italy. However, he wrote his Ph.D. in a natural science at the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA / UK. He became interested in science theory, semiotics, the theoretical and practical philosophies of Immanuel Kant and Charles Sanders Peirce, the environmental movement in Europe and (knowledge) management issues at an early stage. But futures studies, scenario techniques and the impact of cultural factors on global development have also fascinated him since his early days at university.

To cut a long story short, his interests have always been too widespread for him to become a classical scientist. Or to put it less nicely, he has allowed himself to become far too distracted by the real world. In this real world he has three children and he has worked as project leader in futures studies (1990-93), as researcher and independent consultant for sustainable economics (1993-2000), as CEO of an urban development company specializing in sustainable urban development projects such as eco-emporiums and urban water and river development (2000-2004), and as a science consultant and advisor to German and international science and research funding agents. In all these functions, he has always focused on aspects of sustainable development and how to deal with this long-term vision from the perspective of and the need for management, communication and organizational development.

In his present function as science consultant and independent advisor and scholar, he is now combining these knowledge areas and fields of expertise. His life in all three academic cultures and as CEO of a business group has provided insights into strategy development, organization and management. He now uses these insights to support the change towards more integrative and implementation-oriented research and development which targets sustainability.