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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


netWORKS 4 – In what way can municipal supply systems contribute to a climate-just urban development

feet in rubber boots rain puddle city

Water infrastructures are playing a decisive role for the creation of climate-just towns. They have to be robust and resilient against the effects of climate change like torrential rain or periods of extreme heat. At the same time they have to promote a resource-saving use of water. In order to...more


Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals – water reuse in Namibia

Wastewater ponds in Outapi

How can municipal wastewater be collected and treated by using a pond system in order to enable irrigation agriculture throughout the whole year? A team from science, industry and a municipality is working on this research question in the Namibian Cuvelai catchment area which is a one of the...more


The Value of Nature – Lecture Series on Social Valuation of Ecosystems

The value of nature

How can the conservation of species, biological diversity and natural systems be meaningfully substantiated and justified: in terms of the economic value of natural resources and services, or for ethical and moral reasons? Are non-economic options of valuating nature widely defensible or are they...more


German UNESCO-Commission: Thomas Jahn Appointed as Member

[Translate to Englisch:] UNESCO

Thomas Jahn, co-founder of ISOE and spokesperson of its executive board has been appointed as member of the German UNESCO-Commission (DUK). For four years, his term of office, he will offer his expert advice to the commission. It is the task of DUK to advise the federal government and the German...more


„No Society Without Nature“ – Egon Becker Celebrated his 80th Birthday

[Translate to Englisch:] Egon Becker

Social-ecological crises like the loss of biodiversity, climate change, the global water crisis or migration are amongst the great challenges of the 21st century for politics, economy, and society. How can science adequately describe and assess the complex relations between nature and society that...more


Research Project “PlastX” now Online

[Translate to Englisch:] Kunstwerk aus Plastikflaschen

Plastics are considered as the workhorse material of our global economy. They are part of countless products we use in our everyday life. But whether used as packaging, clothing, or utensils, the production and usage of plastics produce risks for the environment. The research project “PlastX”...more


New Approach for Water Reuse in Agriculture

Hydroponic agriculture

Regional competition over water resources is not uncommon. Due to climate change, urbanisation and the contamination of water resources, conflicts of use could intensify in the decades to come. Therefore, new methods of water treatment and water reuse are coming in useful. Within the framework of...more

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Institute report 2017

Institute report 2017
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