Transformations

for sustainable development

The Institute for Social-Ecological Research

ISOE is an independent institute that develops social-ecological concepts for sustainable development. As an innovative scientific think tank we undertake transdisciplinary research for society, policy makers and industry – providing support for sound decision-making processes. ...read more

31.08.2016

Sustainable Science in the Anthropocene

Palm Jumeirah Dubai

The Anthropocene – the idea of an era of human kind – has already been debated for quite a while. Due to man’s unprecedented intervention into nature, does an era named after him have to officially replace the current Holocene epoch? During the international geological congress in Cape Town, South...more


31.08.2016

How to Motivate Children and Young People to Practice Sustainable Consumption

supermarket

Environmental protection is in high esteem among children and young people. But although youngsters are almost constantly surrounded by media and information, environmental topics are hardly conveyed to them via the usual communication channels. Furthermore, the connection between sustainability...more


11.08.2016

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – Contributions to knowledge transfer

coral

How can decision makers from the field of politics in Europe get sufficiently informed on biodiversity and ecosystem services? In order to clarify the need for action regarding the preservation of biological diversity, targeted knowledge transfer between science and politics is required. The...more


22.07.2016

Municipalities and Demographic Change: Strategies for the Creation of Liveable Small Towns

Timber-framed buildings in Eschwege

Demographic change counts amongst the greatest challenges that communities are currently facing. How will they manage to maintain the quality of life and the location quality if infrastructures and municipal services don’t any longer correspond with the age and population structure. In the new...more


11.07.2016

German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat): Evaluation on ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research

ISOE Executive Board

Today, the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) has published its evaluation on ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research. The report acknowledges the central role that the Institute plays in the field of sustainability research and, with Frankfurt’s Social Ecology,...more


05.07.2016

New Research Project „PlastX“: How to Sustainably Deal With Plastic?

Plastic rubbish garbage pollution in ocean c

Plastic is part of our daily lives. It can be used in various way, it is robust and cheap to produce. But plastic is mainly made from mineral oil and as a waste product it pollutes the environment. Which role does this ambivalent material play within society and what are its environmental impacts?...more


30.06.2016

Power Saving Advice: Tapping Saving Potentials of “Heavy Consumers”

electricity meter

In Germany there are approximately 670 centres offering energy advice. But energy experts often only reach environmentally conscious households where power consumption is already low. The research project “Stromeffizienzklassen für Haushalte” (“Power efficiency classes for households”) that was...more


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Institute report 2015

Institute report 2015
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