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

15.11.2017

UN climate summit in Bonn: gender perspective as a contributing factor for a just climate protection policy

COP23

In the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, gender issues have become increasingly important in recent years. It has long since become clear that men and women not only contribute differently to climate change, they are also affected to varying degrees by its consequences. A side...more


11.10.2017

Groundwater as a source of global nutrition: Water crisis leads to bottlenecks in food production

Water crisis

Food security is high on the United Nations Agenda 2030. But can this sustainability goal – the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – be achieved? The future management of available groundwater resources will be crucial for feeding the global population. Nearly half of the world's agricultural...more


17.10.2017

Forecasting future water demands: planning-security for water suppliers

Water

For local water suppliers it is often hard to forecast the future water demand for urban supply areas because it is not only influenced by demographic developments and weather-related fluctuations but also by the behavioral patterns of various user groups as well as changing technologies. Modelling...more


11.09.2017

It’s not all about technology: Transforming the traffic system requires a new mobility culture

Multioptionality

The future of the German car industry largely depends on whether it can achieve an ecologic change of course. The demand for vehicles that are neither taking climate targets nor emission limits of nitrogne oxide into consideration will probably not remain stable. Restrictions for importing German...more


19.09.2017

Dr. Laura Woltersdorf receives research award „Transformative Science”

Laura Woltersdorf

The research prize “Transformative Science” awarded for the first time this year was offered to the environmental scientist Dr. Laura Woltersdorf. It was the transdisciplinary approach of her research work enabling her to develop a concept for the assessment of sustainability for a water resources...more


08.09.2017

Sustaining ecosystems in savannahs: using local knowledge for research

Savannah in Namibia

Globally, savannahs cover 20 percent of the land surface and offer important livelihoods for people and animals alike. However, the ecosystem in these areas is increasingly under pressure. The example of Namibia shows that wide extends of rangelands are overgrazed, soil conditions are...more


10.07.2017

Current insights into social ecology: special issue of the journal ‘Sustainability’ published

Sustainability Icon

In the last decades social ecology has made important contributions to sustainability research. As the science of societal relationship to nature it evolved in the late 1980s. Today, the approach that understands complex environmental problems to be rooted in the critical relationship between...more


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Institute report 2016

Institute report 2016
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