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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


Scientific E-Journal “Sustainability”: Thomas Jahn Member of a section editorial board

Thomas Jahn, spokesperson of the executive board of the ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, has been admitted to the section editorial board Social Ecology and Sustainability of the scientific e-journal “Sustainability”. Since 2009, the English Open Access Journal has been publishing...more


Water for the dry season – Handing over the floodwater harvesting plant in Iipopo, central-northern Namibia

During the rainy season normally there is abundant rain- and surface water sufficient for irrigation purposes available in northern Namibia. During average rainy seasons, the widely branched river arms in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin, the Oshanas, carry large quantities of water which evaporate during...more


World Water Day 2015: World water decade ends – Problems of global water supply stay

The World Water Day on March 22 marks the end of the UN-Decade “Water for Life” the goal of which was to improve the water supply worldwide. But access to clean water and sufficient amounts of industrial water has remained a big challenge in spite of all efforts – and this does not just apply to...more


Capital4Health – ISOE is member of the research alliance for transdisciplinary health research

The public health system is performing a balancing act: it is aiming to strengthen public health and prevent or alleviate physical diseases while at the same time trying to get the costs under control which have been soaring during the last years. The research approach of a participative health...more


OPTIMASS: Sustainable Savanna Management in Namibia

During the last decades the savannas in Namibia have lost some amount of their ecological viability. Experts are claiming this to be due to a badly adapted grassland management: overgrazing has led to poor soil conditions and the spreading of unwanted plant varieties, all of which constitutes a...more


European Biodiversity Research: ISOE is now member in ALTER-Net

Since the beginning of January, ISOE has been member of the European biodiversity network ALTER-Net: A Long-term Biodiversity and Awareness Research Network. ALTER-Net brings together leading research institutes from 18 European countries with the aim to strengthen and use the existing potential...more


On the death of Ulrich Beck

We are mourning the loss of Ulrich Beck. At the beginning of the year we were dismayed to hear of his untimely death. With his passing, we have lost a globally re-nowned and influential sociologist. Our sympathy goes out to his family and to his wife, Mrs. Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim.

Ulrich Beck was...more

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