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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


Pioneering building project in Frankfurt am Main is using wastewater as a resource

[Translate to Englisch:] Spatenstich

In a district of the German city Frankfurt am Main, a new kind of passive house with 66 apartments and a daycare center is currently being built. The building will be incorporating forward-looking technologies of heat recovery from domestic wastewater. This will make the passive house even more...more


Free-floating car-sharing: positive assessment for electric vehicles

Car being charged

Users of free-floating car-sharing see electric vehicles as just as flexible and practical as conventional vehicles. In addition, electric vehicles are regarded as more environmentally-friendly and thus more attractive than conventional passenger cars. This is the finding of the first analyses...more


Future prospects of critical sociology - international conference in Frankfurt/Main, Germany

[Translate to Englisch:] Fernrohr

Where does critical sociology currently stand? What are the prospects, issues and tasks of critical sociology at the dawn of the 21st century? These are the focal questions of the international conference “Critical Sociology - Current Issues and Future Challenges” which was held by the ISOE –...more


Climate change and migration in the Sahel region

interviewing locals on the influence of climate-induced environmental factors on migration decisions in Linguère/Senegal

In the debate on climate change, the argument is often advanced that there will be a global increase in “climate refugees”. However, so far there is scant evidence for the link between climate change, environmental change, and migration. The MICLE research project, which is being funded by the...more


Pharmaceutical residues in waterways: How to properly dispose of drugs?

Pharmaceutical drugs

Waterways contaminated by the residue of pharmaceutical drugs are a global environmental problem. More than 150 different drugs have also been detected in almost all the waterways in Germany, including ground- and drinking water reservoirs. Trace contaminants from painkillers, antibiotics,...more


Resilience conference in southern France: Scientist from ISOE presents new research

At the international conference “Resilience 2014 – Resilience and Development: Mobilizing for transformation” from May 4th to May 8th in Montpellier/France, more than 800 scientists from around the world discussed how resilience – the capacity to deal with change and continue to develop – can be...more


World’s largest plant for alternative wastewater management in China: ISOE supports accompanying research

[Translate to Englisch:] Qingdao

The world’s first plant for novel sanitation systems with greywater reuse, which is supplying an entire city district in a decentralized way, took up operations in China at the end of April. The plant is the result of a long-standing German-Chinese research cooperation. During the implementation...more

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