Transformations

for sustainable development

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. ...read more

19.09.2017

Dr. Laura Woltersdorf receives research award “Transformative Science”

Laura Woltersdorf

The research prize “Transformative Science” awarded for the first time this year was offered to the environmental scientist Dr. Laura Woltersdorf. It was the transdisciplinary approach of her research work enabling her to develop a concept for the assessment of sustainability for a water resources...more


29.11.2017

Current insights into social ecology: special issue of the journal ‘Sustainability’ published as print edition

Sustainability Icon

In the last decades social ecology has made important contributions to sustainability research. As the science of societal relationship to nature it evolved in the late 1980s. Today, the approach that understands complex environmental problems to be rooted in the critical relationship between...more


01.12.2017

Reading recommendation: effects of microplastics on the environment and society

The topic of microplastics has received a lot of attention in recent years, because the tiny particles, which are barely visible to the naked eye, can now be detected all over the world: in the rivers of Europe as well as in the lakes of Mongolia or at the end of their journey – in the seas and...more


17.11.2017

UN climate summit in Bonn: gender perspective as a contributing factor for a just climate protection policy

COP23

In the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, gender issues have become increasingly important in recent years. It has long since become clear that men and women not only contribute differently to climate change, they are also affected to varying degrees by its consequences. A side...more


11.10.2017

Groundwater as a source of global nutrition: water crisis leads to bottlenecks in food production

Water crisis

Food security is high on the United Nations Agenda 2030. But can this sustainability goal – the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – be achieved? The future management of available groundwater resources will be crucial for feeding the global population. Nearly half of the world's agricultural...more


17.10.2017

Forecasting future water demands: planning-security for water suppliers

Water

For local water suppliers it is often hard to forecast the future water demand for urban supply areas because it is not only influenced by demographic developments and weather-related fluctuations but also by the behavioral patterns of various user groups as well as changing technologies. Modelling...more


18.09.2017

It’s not all about technology: transforming the traffic system requires a new mobility culture

Multioptionality

The future of the German car industry largely depends on whether it can achieve an ecologic change of course. The demand for vehicles that are neither taking climate targets nor emission limits of nitrogne oxide into consideration will probably not remain stable. Restrictions for importing German...more


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Institute report 2017

Institute report 2017
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