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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


Sustaining ecosystems in savannahs: using local knowledge for research

Savannah in Namibia

Globally, savannahs cover 20 percent of the land surface and offer important livelihoods for people and animals alike. However, the ecosystem in these areas is increasingly under pressure. The example of Namibia shows that wide extends of rangelands are overgrazed, soil conditions are...more


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

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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


Recommended reading: gender & environment in social-ecological research

Cover Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment

Environmental and sustainability issues have a lot in common with questions concerning gender equality: Women and men often perceive environmental changes differently, in many cases they are not equally involved their causation and are effected by environmental pollution in different ways. Mostly,...more


Future-oriented water infrastructures: recommendations for transformation


The future orientation of water infrastructure systems in Germany is on trial: in expanding metropolitan regions the systems are already approaching the limits of their capacity and in shrinking rural areas are often underutilized. The present systems are not flexible enough to adjust to changing...more


ISOE Policy Brief on biodiversity research available now


The loss of biodiversity continues to decline. The UN-Day for biodiversity on the 22nd of May is also aiming to draw attention to this development. Current research results show the main cause for the ongoing loss of biological diversity: It appears to be uncertain knowledge or a complete lack...more


ISOE supports the “March for Science”

[Translate to Englisch:] March for Science Frankfurt am Main

On April 22 – Earthday – the ‘March for Science’ took place in over 500 cities worldwide. ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research supports the international alliance and joined the rally in Frankfurt am Main. In these times of constructed realities and facts, ISOE wants to draw attention to...more


Water resources and climate change – new modeling methods offer adaptation strategies


Which modeling methods are suitable to better understand the effects of climate change? Particularly promising seem to be the so-called agent-based models (ABMs) that are for instance used in ecology or social simulations. For the thematic area of climate change they could prove to be helpful as...more

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