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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


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 has continued its series of “ISOE-Lectures”. The topic of this year's lecture on February 8th was the role of social ecology in the USA and within the international discourse on global social-ecological challenges....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


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


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


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

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