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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


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


Recommended reading: guideline for quality assurance in transdisciplinary research

Transdisciplinarity has a long tradition – both in terms of academic discourse and research practice. The proliferation of transdisciplinary research (TDR) has, however, only progressed moderately up until now. The main reason for this is the lack of a generally accepted quality standard for TDR....more


Relaunch: new website of the German-Namibian research project CuveWaters now online

The German-Namibian research project CuveWaters has revised its homepage and now offers a new design, updated information, and multimedia features thus giving insight into the current state of research. For instance, shortfilms show how solutions for sustainable water catchment and water use have...more


Diagnosis of an Anthropocene – consequences for science

Independently of whether the earth’s history books have to be re-written: The idea of the Anthropocene has been aired and it seems improbable that mankind will go back to a situation in which it no longer constitutes a dominating geophysical and epochal force on planet earth. What are the...more


25 years ISOE ­– ways out of the ecological crisis

In November the ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research has been celebrating its 25th anniversary. It was founded in 1989 as a non-profit scientific body and today is one of the leading independent institutes in the field of sustainability research. In numerous projects its research teams...more

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