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

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


18.09.2017

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


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Institute report 2017

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