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

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


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


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


22.06.2017

Recommended reading: gender & environment in social-ecological research

Cover Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment

Environmental and sustainability issues have a lot in common with questions concerning gender equality: Women and men often perceive environmental changes differently, in many cases they are not equally involved their causation and are effected by environmental pollution in different ways. Mostly,...more


30.06.2017

Future-oriented water infrastructures: recommendations for transformation

Pipes

The future orientation of water infrastructure systems in Germany is on trial: in expanding metropolitan regions the systems are already approaching the limits of their capacity and in shrinking rural areas are often underutilized. The present systems are not flexible enough to adjust to changing...more


19.05.2017

ISOE Policy Brief on biodiversity research available now

nature/networks

The loss of biodiversity continues to decline. The UN-Day for biodiversity on the 22nd of May is also aiming to draw attention to this development. Current research results show the main cause for the ongoing loss of biological diversity: It appears to be uncertain knowledge or a complete lack...more


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Institute report 2016

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