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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


No Society without Nature – Essays on the Development of Social Ecology

Society and nature are inseparably connected: Man is dependent on nature but at the same time his influence on nature has reached a level where one is now talking about a new era, the anthropocene. Now, how can science adequately describe, analyse, and assess the critical and complex relations...more


Pharmaceutical Residues in the Water Cycle: Technical Solutions Are Approaching their Limits

[Translate to Englisch:] Arzneimittelwirkstoffe im Trindwasser

Pharmaceutical residues that can be traced in Germany within almost all water bodies have been keeping science and water companies busy for years, the reason being that even elaborate technical procedures applied in the wastewater treatment plants cannot entirely eliminate micropollutants of...more


Mobile Baden-Württemberg – New Research Project on Sustainable Mobility

Public transport

During last month’s air pollution alert in Stuttgart it became once again evident how difficult it is for people to change their traffic behavior. It was only by three percent that traffic was reduced during this time as data from the Stuttgart traffic control centre are indicating. The fact that...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

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Institute report 2015

Institute report 2015
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