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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. more


ISOE Researchers at the Future Earth Summit in Berlin

[Translate to Englisch:] Sunrise over the Earth in outer space

2015 saw strong impulses for sustainability research given for example by the climate agreement of Paris or the by the passing of the sustainable development goals. Now it is essential to continue the dialogue on global sustainability research and to create an ability to act. To this end the 2nd...more


TransImpact – Scientific bases for transdisciplinary research


The discourse on transdisciplinary research has a long tradition. The interdisciplinarily orientated mode of research that also includes non-scientific actors is particularly prevalent in sustainability research. But meanwhile this research approach is spreading into other fields of science as...more


Newly released ISOE-publication on the evaluation of water partnerships

Water Ring

In many regions there is an increasing number of conflicts with regard to the limited resource water. What possibilities are there to mediate between the rival user groups? In order to find solutions, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (German Society for...more


Adapting to climate change using the example of Namibia: natural water sources in the driest regions on earth

Omeya ogo omwenyo - Water is Life

Completion of the CuveWaters research and development project: Natural water sources have always been in short supply in Northern Namibia. It is becoming clear that water as a resource is going to come under increasing pressure from climate change. How can the population still be guaranteed a...more


Global Handwashing Day 2015: more and more people are using the CuveWaters washhouses in Namibia

15 October is Global Handwashing Day. By proclaiming this day, the World Health Organization WHO wants to draw attention to the vital role played by handwashing in the global struggle against infectious diseases. However, the setting up of hygiene measures is by no means a self-evident option in...more


ISOE biodiversity expert appointed as member of OpenNESS International Advisory Board

Marion Mehring, head of ISOE’s research unit ‘Biodiversity and People’ has been appointed to the international advisory board of the EU-consortium OpenNess. 35 partners from 28 countries are participating in this research project which is aiming to operationalize the two scientific concepts...more


Autonomous vehicles: an opportunity for public transport

The autonomous vehicle is approaching market maturity. This becomes obvious looking at the latest experiments and media reports which were issued on the occasion of the International Automobile Fair (IAA) in Frankfurt. According to the car producers, suppliers and technology companies, there are...more

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25 Years of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research