Dr. Lutz Mez (born 1944), a trained industrial merchant, studied political science, sociology, political economy, and Scandinavian languages at the Freie Universität Berlin from 1967 to 1974. He worked in several extramural research institutions and held the position as director of the Institute for Future Studies (Institut für Zukunftsforschung) from 1981-82.
Since 1984, Dr. Mez has been working at the Otto-Suhr-Institute for Political Science. In 1986, he founded the Environmental Policy Research Centre together with Martin Jänicke and held the position as its chief executive director until April 2010. Since November 2009, he has been working as coordinator of the Berlin Centre for Caspian Region Studies (BC CARE) at the Freie Universität Berlin.
In the period 1993-94 he was visiting professor at the Department of Environment, Technology and Social Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark. He habilitated in political science in 2001.
Dr. Mez holds lectures on policy analysis and energy policy. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies and co-editor of the series "Energy Policy and Climate Protection" (Energiepolitik und Klimaschutz) by VS Research.