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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


CuveWaters – Project Extension for Knowledge Transfer

Desalination Plant in Akutsima/Namibia

CuveWaters is entering its third project phase. That means that the international team led by ISOE can now continue its research work in the north of Namibia for another two years: Since 2006 the project team has been developing decentral solutions for sustainable water supply and disposal for this...more


Semizentral: Infrastructures for fast growing cities


In the Chinese port city of Quingdao a new town quarter is being built for 12,000 people. Here, the aim is to avoid what has become reality in many cities in China: the freshwater supply is not sufficient for the rapidly growing population and the wastewater cannot be discharged to an appropriate...more


Exchanging knowledge on how to save biodiversity

coral reef

At this year’s ESEE – European Society for Ecological Economics conference, Alexandra Lux and Marion Mehring, two researchers from ISOE, were presenting the topic of „Transdisciplinary Biodiversity Research“ in Lille, France. The conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics took...more


„The Sound of Cycling“: ISOE at Velo-city 2013 in Vienna/Austria


This year, the largest international event on cycling planning and promotion will focus on eastern and south-eastern European cities. ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research will take this chance to present the joint project ‘mobile2020’ at the Velo-city 2013 in Vienna, Austria. In the...more


Energy turnaround: Not without the citizens! New research project on civic involvement


In the context of the energy turnaround, more and more decentralised energy plants are being planned, built and put into operation across Germany. There is often resistance to projected sites, for example of biomass or wind power plants. Experts agree: the formal participatory procedures which are...more


New management tools for a sustainable domestic water management

Water sector

Protecting the environment, in particular the water supply, is one of the main tasks of water and wastewater utilities. That is why many of these services are part of business controlling. Many of the municipal companies belonging to the domestic water sector now have to deal with a wide range of...more


Kick-off for the netWORKS 3 project: Sustainable strategies for the future of the municipal water sector


Germany’s municipalities and their water management companies are facing considerable challenges: They are forced to react to far-reaching ecological and social changes such as climate change or the demographic shift. But water and waste water systems in particular are designed for decades-long...more

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Institute report 2013

Institute report 2013
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