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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


‘Electric cars’: New brochure on insights from the OPTUM project

Electric cars - project OPTUM

The electromobility project OPTUM has been completed. Together with researchers from ISOE, the German Öko-Institut e.V. has now published the brochure ‘Electric cars’ (Autos unter Strom, in German) documenting the project’s results. Researchers from both institutes focused on finding answers to...more


Project shows: Feedback helps reduce power usage by 3.7 percent

reduction of power usage by feedback

The smart metering project ‘Intelliekon‘ ended on October 25th 2011. Together with ten practice partners, researchers from ISOE, Fraunhofer ISI and ISE presented their results at a practice forum.

The Intelliekon field experiment on household power usage with feedback instruments showed: Feedback...more


Prosperity without growth? Documentation online

Prosperity without growth?

On Thursday, 8th of September, the event "Wohlstand ohne Wachstum?" (Prosperity without growth?) took place at IHK Frankfurt. It was organised by the Wirtschaftsjunioren Frankfurt (Junior Chamber International Frankfurt) in cooperation with ISOE. Designed like a World Café, the...more


Relaunch of!

ISOE has a new website and a new Corporate Design. Research results, publications and news on sustainability are now easier to find on Get the new Institute report 2011 as pdf-file.


EU workshop on transdisciplinary biodiversity research

In cooperation with the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) and the Belgian Biodiversity Platform (, ISOE organises a workshop in Brussels on transdisciplinary biodiversity research: "Transdisciplinary Research – Steps towards Integrated...more


3rd German Environmental Sociology Summit

The German Sociological Society’s Section on Environmental Sociology and the Institute for the Analysis of Society and Policy at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main in cooperation with the Institute for Social-Ecological Research Frankfurt (ISOE) are pleased to announce the Third German...more


Sustainable Consumption – Towards Action and Impact

The scientists of the inter- and transdisciplinary research programme "From Knowledge to Action – New Paths towards Sustainable Consumption", funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education since 2008, invite the international and interdisciplinary scientific community to present and...more

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