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Issue 12 / July 2019


ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt am Main is one of the leading independent institutes engaged in sustainability research. For 30 years, ISOE has been providing background knowledge for decision-makers and viable concepts for the future directed at policy makers, the civil society and business/industry – both at regional and international level. Areas of research include water, energy, climate protection, mobility, urban space, and biodiversity.


Robocabs: The mobility of the future? +++ Re-assessing droughts and their risks using Namibia and Angola as examples +++ When multifaceted knowledge is required: Quality standards for transdisciplinary research +++ ISOE founding member of the Waste Alliance PREVENT +++ Paradise lost? – PlastX Case Study on Hotspot Region Vietnam +++ “Water turnaround” is needed to ensure safe water supply worldwide +++ Case studies show feasibility of water reuse in agriculture +++ Publications


Study on user acceptance for autonomous mobility concepts

Robocabs: The mobility of the future?

Self-driving car technology (©fotohansel/Adobe Stock)

Even if the technology has as yet only been tested in prototypes on test routes, autonomous driving will apparently be possible in the near future. How exactly do potential users envision such vehicles? And how high is the level of public acceptance? The Robocab study, performed by Fraunhofer IAO and the Institute for Social-Ecological Research ISOE with the support of the German Federal Ministry...Read more


ISOE Policy Brief

Re-assessing droughts and their risks using Namibia and Angola as examples

Traditional household in the rural area of Northern Namibia

Droughts threaten millions of people worldwide. Climate change is likely to exacerbate famines and water shortages and people in sub-Saharan Africa in particular are affected by the risk of more frequent droughts. So, scientific instruments to assess the extent of these drought risks are becoming increasingly important to take effective countermeasures. For Namibia and Angola, ISOE researchers...Read more


TransImpact: Project results

When multifaceted knowledge is required: Quality standards for transdisciplinary research

Abstrakte Netzwerk Verbindung Hintergrund (©iStock by Getty Images: naddi)

To solve complex social problems, the knowledge of many different scientific disciplines is required. Moreover, if scientific knowledge is to produce effective results for practice, research must also be open to knowledge beyond science. Here is where transdisciplinary research comes in.TD research includes “practical and everyday knowledge” and thus adds a specific but not scientific dimension to...Read more


Expansion of waste and recycling management

ISOE founding member of the Waste Alliance PREVENT 

Plastic rubbish garbage pollution in ocean (©Richard Carey/Fotolia)

On 9 May, German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller founded the international waste alliance PREVENT together with over 30 organizations from business, politics, civil society and science as well as with the countries of Indonesia and Ghana. The alliance aims to promote the development of a functioning waste management and recycling system in developing and emerging...Read more


Plastic waste in the world’s oceans

Paradise lost? – PlastX Case Study on Hotspot Region Vietnam

Long Beach Phu Quoc (Foto: Heide Kerber)

More and more waste is being discharged into the world’s oceans. They not only originate from shipping and fishing, but also find their way via rivers into the seas and oceans or are carried directly into the sea by the wind. Three-quarters of marine litter consists of plastic, thus plastic pollution is now regarded as a global challenge. In addition to countries such as China and Indonesia,...Read more


UN World Water Day on 22 March

“Water turnaround” is needed to ensure safe water supply worldwide

Water in sink (©studioDG/Fotolia)

On 22 March, World Water Day, the United Nations proclaims the motto “Leave no one behind – water and sanitation for all”. The current UNESCO World Water Report shows how difficult it is to achieve this goal. According to the report, more than two billion people already have no access to clean and continuously available drinking water. This figure could more than double by 2050. Water experts from...Read more


In times of drought

Case studies show feasibility of water reuse in agriculture 


Extreme weather conditions such as prolonged periods of drought represent new challenges for agriculture. What is needed are water-saving irrigation technologies and plant productions that can operate more independently of long periods of drought. This is where hydroponic cultivation, which requires little water, comes into play. In the HypoWave research project, this kind of production is being...Read more


Arbieu, Ugo/Marion Mehring/Nils Bunnefeld/Petra Kaczensky/Ilka Reinhardt/Hermann Ansorge/Katrin Böhning-Gaese/Jenny A. Glikman/Gesa Kluth/Carsten Nowak/Thomas Müller (2019): Attitudes towards returning wolves (Canis lupus) in Germany: Exposure, information sources and trust matter. Biological Conservation 234 (June), 202-210

Battenberg, Sina/Stefan Liehr/Marius Mohr/Philip Okito/Alyssa Weskamp (2019): Strategic perspectives for Coimbatore water management and infrastructure. Stuttgart et al.: Fraunhofer Institut für Grenzflächen- und Bioverfahrenstechnik IGB/ISOE - Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung/Drees& Sommer Advanced Building Technologies GmbH/trAIDe GmbH

Ebert, Björn/Thomas Dockhorn/Gudrun Peters/Engelbert Schramm/Bernhard Teiser/Martina Winker (2019): Operator models for the reuse of municipal wastewater in hydroponic systems: Potentials and options for Central and Mediterranean Europe. Book of Abstracts. 12th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse, Berlin, 16-20 June 2019, 725-730

Ebert, Björn/Engelbert Schramm/Bingxiang Wang/Martina Winker (2019): Governance instruments for optimising source separation in novel urban water systems: the case of cross-connections in urban water systems.Water Policy 21 (2), 412-427

Ebert, Björn/Engelbert Schramm/Martina Winker (2019): Reusing Wastewater in Agriculture. A Challenge of socio-technical Innovations.Leverage Points 2019.Conference handbook and programme. Leverage Points 2019 - International conference on sustainability research and transformationLüneburg, Germany, 6-8 February, 34

Fischer, Michaela/Engelbert Schramm/Martina Winker (2019): How business models can help to introduce nutrient recycling in hydroponic greenhouses. Watersolutions (2), 58-65

Görg, Christoph/Ulrich Brand/Helmut Haberl/Diana Hummel/Thomas Jahn/Stefan Liehr (2019): Challenges for Social-Ecological Transformations: Contributions from Social and Political Ecology. In: Luksic, Andrej A./Tomislav Tkalec (Hg.): Intertwining of Diverse Minds in(to) Political Ecology.Proceedings from the Summer School of Political Ecology 2018. Summer School of Political Ecology 2018, Ljubljana Ljubljana, 67-106

Götz, Konrad/Audrey Courtier/Melina Stein/Linda Strelau/Georg Sunderer/Rodrigo Vidaurre/Martina Winker/Benoit Roig (2019): Risk Perception of Pharmaceutical Residues in the Aquatic Environment and Precautionary Measures. In: Roig, Benoit/Karine Weiss/Véronique Thireau (Hg.): Management of Emerging Public Health Issues and Risks. Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Changing Environment. London: Academic Press, 189-224

Hahn, Annette/Gunnar Gerdts/Carolin Völker/Vincent Niebühr (2019): Using FTIRS as pre-screening method for detection of microplastic in bulk sediment samples. Science of the Total Environment 689, 341-346

Hitziger, Martin/Maurizio Aragrande/Berezowski/John A./Canali/Massimo/Victor Del Rio Vilas/Sabine Hoffmann/Gilberto Igrejas/Hans Keune/Alexandra Lux/Mieghan Bruce/Markus A. Palenberg/Christian Pohl/Miroslav Radeski/Ina Richter/Carmenza Robledo Abad/Robert H. Salerno/Sara Savic/Janina Schirmer/Barbara R. Vogler/Simon R. Rüegg (2019): EVOLvINC: EValuating knOwLedge INtegration Capacity in multistakeholder governance. Ecology and Society 24 (2), 36

Lütkemeier, Robert/Stefan Liehr (2019): Integrated responses to drought risk in Namibia and Angola. ISOE Policy Brief, 6. Frankfurt am Main: ISOE - Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung

Völker, Carolin/Johanna Kramm/Martin Wagner (2019): On the Creation of Risk: Framing of Microplastics in Science and Media. Global Challenges (1900010)

Winker, Martina/Simon Gehrmann/Engelbert Schramm/Martin Zimmermann/Annette Rudolph-Cleff (2019): Greening and Cooling the City Using Novel Urban Water Systems: A European Perspective. In: Sharma, Ashok/Ted Gardner/Don Begbie (Hg.): Approaches to Water Sensitive Urban Design. Potential, Design, Ecological Health, Urban Greening, Economics, Policies, and Community Perceptions. Elsevier, 432-455

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