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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


The world as a laboratory: experimental formats for transdisciplinary sustainability research

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Research formats such as real-world laboratories (RwL) are still relatively new, but are becoming increasingly popular. In the transdisciplinary sustainability research community, they have already initiated an important debate on whether and how it is possible to experimentally accelerate social...more


First harvest using treated wastewater in the HypoWave research project

First harvest in the HyopWave project

Can salad plants only be supplied with purified wastewater and thus provide a high-quality harvest ? In the “HypoWave” research project, for the first time seedlings were planted in a hydroponic process and supplied with specially treated irrigation water from a wastewater treatment plant. So far,...more


ISOE-Lecture: Social Ecology – Integrative Science for a Complex World

ISOE-Lecture WS 2017/18

In the winter semester of 2017/2018 ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research is continuing its series of “ISOE-Lectures”. The topic of the coming lecture is the role of social ecology in the USA and within the international discourse on global social-ecological challenges. If complex...more


Klimaschutz kommunal umsetzen – Implementing climate policies at the local level. How climate action can succeed in cities and municipalities

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How can cities and municipalities contribute to climate mitigation? What are the municipal institutions, actors and processes that matter? Which areas of activity and which approaches show promising results? These are the questions addressed in this anthology of Ecornet. In the book, researchers...more


Article by ISOE authors in the Top Ten selection of the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management

Transdisciplinary biodiversity research

The global loss of biodiversity is continuing – despite numerous initiatives and programmes for biodiversity. A lack of action is often mentioned as its possible cause. In the article "Halting biodiversity loss: how social-ecological biodiversity research makes a difference" Marion Mehring and...more


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


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

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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

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