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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


Planning security for municipalities: Forecasting future water demand

Water (symbol picture)

One of the tasks of municipalities is to guarantee reliable water supply. However, realistic planning is becoming increasingly difficult as water demand depends on various influencing factors such as demographic and climatic developments as well as changing economic structures, new water...more


Sustainable Water Resources Management: The book on CuveWaters, a transdisciplinary research and development project

Cover "Integrated Water Resources Management in Water-scarce Regions"

The goal of the German-Namibian project CuveWaters was to make sustainable use of different water sources in one of the driest regions of the world. Between 2004 and 2015 and under the head of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research, scientists from various disciplines worked together with...more


Exotic mosquitoes in Hesse: Frankfurt research team investigates natural control

Asian bush mosquito Aedes japonicus (Copyright: James Gathany/CDC)

Summer temperatures entail mosquitoes and not only domestic ones. For some years now, exotic insects such as the Asian bush mosquito have emerged. An enrichment for biodiversity, but not harmless for humans: The Asian bush mosquito is a vector of infectious diseases for which no drug treatment is...more


Solution strategies for reducing plastics in rivers and lakes


Large quantities of microplastics are found not only in oceans, but also rivers and lakes are affected. However, little is known about the entry paths and occurring quantities with respect to inland waters. Since September 2017, the PLASTRAT research project has been investigating entry paths,...more


UN World Water Day 2018 “Nature for Water”: Solutions for the global water crisis to be found (also) in nature

Planted facade

Can solutions to global water problems lie in nature itself? With this year’s motto for the World Water Day on 22 March, the United Nations focused on so-called nature-based solutions. This includes nature conservation measures that protect ecosystems and drinking water resources. ISOE – Institute...more


Water management for large cities – Example Coimbatore in South India

Purified water flows into a channel in the secondary clarifier

With 1.7 million inhabitants on about 250 square kilometers, Coimbatore is one of India's typical urban agglomerations. The population of the industrial city in the south of the country is estimated to grow by more than half over the next three decades. Securing water supply and wastewater disposal...more


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

Cover GAIA Special Issue "Labs in the Real World"

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

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