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Issue 14 / July 2020

 
 
 

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.

 

Contents

New understanding of social-ecological transformations +++ Digitalisation in water management: Cyber security flaws +++ Academy for Transdisiplinary Research: Launch of the tdAcademy platform +++ “Water in the Anthropocene” – ISOE and Citizen’s University go virtual +++ Research project TransImpact publishes special issue of the journal ‘Environmental Science & Policy’ +++ Novel agricultural crop production incorporating water reuse +++  How cities and their inhabitants can counter the consequences +++ How the ecosystem of the Mongolian steppe can be preserved +++ Urban green in times of climate change – students develop communication concepts for municipalities +++ Shaping a Better Planet in the Age of Humans – ISOE Lecture on the anthropocene debate with Erle C. Ellis +++ German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) acknowledges the development of ISOE +++ Demographic change and decline in biodiversity: context more complex than previously known +++ Publications

 

Transdisciplinary sustainability research

New understanding of social-ecological transformations

Soap bubble (© Svetlana / stock.adobe.com)
 

The call for social-ecological transformation has gained in urgency during the corona crisis, but it is in fact not new. The consequences of unabated climate change and species extinction are proving to be so far reaching and consequential that the need for a change of course has long been discussed – in society, science, politics and also in the economy. But how can sustainable transformations be...Read more

 

Digitalisation in water management

Cyber security flaws

Hydro power plant. River Dam. Energy station. Water power. City infrastructure industrial illustration panorama. White lines on blue background. Vector (© stock.adobe.com / panimoni)
 

Digitalisation is now also making itself felt in the water sector. The term ‘WATER 4.0’ alludes to new digital options for a flexible, resource-efficient, and competitive form of water management – intelligent measuring and control systems that can meanwhile replace manual operation. The processes and constituent parts of water supply and wastewater disposal, such as water treatment plants,...Read more

 

Academy for Transdisiplinary Research

Launch of the tdAcademy platform: Research to solve social problems and crises is strengthened

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The need for transdisciplinary research is growing. At the same time, structures and places for the further development and dissemination of transdisciplinary methods, concepts and competencies are lacking both in research and teaching. This gap is now to be closed by the foundation of an academy for transdisciplinary research. The platform tdAcademy began to work in June 2020. The founding...Read more

 

Frankfurt Citizens University

“Water in the Anthropocene” – ISOE and Citizen’s University go virtual

Aerial of aqueduct (© iofoto / stock.adobe.com)
 

In the Anthropocene – the age of man – the popular image of the natural water cycle no longer applies, as man has long since intervened in this cycle in many places. The consequences are sometimes massive and can be seen in changed precipitation patterns as well as in sinking groundwater levels. How can water of good quality and in sufficient quantities still remain available?  ISOE’s seminar on...Read more

 

What effects does transdisciplinary sustainability research have?

Research project TransImpact publishes special issue of the journal ‘Environmental Science & Policy’

Networks (©iStock by Getty Images: naddi)
 

Transdisciplinary research – for instance within sustainability research – can provide targeted support for the solution of complex societal problems. This is possible as transdisciplinary research includes – across disciplinary boundaries – knowledge gained from experience and from everyday life and thus expands the cognitive process incorporating this specific yet not scientific information.Read more

 

Water-saving food production

Soil-less sustainability: Novel agricultural crop production incorporating water reuse

Blick ins Gewächshaus vor der zweiten vollständigen Salaternte I (Foto: HypoWave)
 

Record temperatures and prolonged periods of drought are increasingly affecting agriculture worldwide. In Germany, too, droughts are now jeopardizing high-yielding harvests. A cultivation system with a new type of irrigation technology using water reuse is particularly suitable for arid regions and selected crops. And now results and specific recommendations are available for a practical...Read more

 

UN World Water Day on 22 March

Water and climate change: How cities and their inhabitants can counter the consequences

Stadtansicht mit Menschen, Gebäuden und Blumen (© guppys/stock.adobe.com)
 

On World Water Day (22 March), the United Nations will focus on the link between water and climate change. It is a complex and momentous issue, also for Germany‘s cities: heat waves and heavy rainfall events are increasingly posing major challenges for water infrastructures. Research by ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research shows which adaptation measures are suitable in times of climate...Read more

 

World Wildlife Day

How the ecosystem of the Mongolian steppe can be preserved 

 

The steppes of Mongolia are unique. They are among the last grassland ecosystems in the world where wild animals can actually move freely. But social and economic changes are threatening this ecosystem. The consequences are water shortage and soil degradation. A key factor for the preservation of the steppe landscape is the nomadic way of life.Read more

 

Climate Adaptation

Urban green in times of climate change – students develop communication concepts for municipalities

Rechneigrabenweiher in Frankfurt am Main (© Branko Srot / Adobe Stock)
 

ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research has worked together with the Hessian Centre for Climate Change (FZK) and students of the HPI School of Design Thinking (D-School) during a three-month project on the topic of “Urban Green Spaces in times of Climate Change”. The results of this semester project are now available.  Read more

 

ISOE Lecture Winter Semester 2019/20

Shaping a Better Planet in the Age of Humans – ISOE Lecture on the anthropocene debate with Erle C. Ellis

Menschengruppe vor Sonnenuntergang (© Mitja/stock.adobe.com)
 

ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research in Frankfurt am Main continued its series “ISOE Lecture” in the winter semester of 2019/20. This year’s lecture at the Goethe University Frankfurt was dealing with the debate on the anthropocene. The renowned environmental scientist and anthropocene researcher Erle C. Ellis from the University of Maryland has outlined how societies can meet global...Read more

 

Sustainability research

German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat) acknowledges the development of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research

Außenansicht und Eingangsbereich des ISOE (Foto: Jürgen Mai)
 

In a recent statement, the German Council of Science and Humanities has acknowledged the positive development of ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research that has taken place since the evaluation in July 2016. The Council of Science and Humanities is impressed by the process of structural and content-related reorientation that ISOE has set in motion since the evaluation. It particularly...Read more

 

ISOE study on biodiversity research

Demographic change and decline in biodiversity: context more complex than previously known

Skyline Frankfurt 2 (© Photodesign-Deluxe / Adobe Stock)
 

The continuing loss of biodiversity is one of the greatest global environmental problems. In the scientific and political debate about its causes, demographic change is repeatedly cited as the most important indirect driver. However, ISOE researchers have discovered that demographic processes such as population growth do not necessarily have negative consequences for biodiversity. Almost 150...Read more

Publications

Arbieu, Ugo/Jörg Albrecht/Marion Mehring/Nils Bunnefeld/Ilka Reinhardt/Thomas Müller (2020): The positive experience of encountering wolves in the wild. Conservation Science and Practice

Bammer, Gabriele/Michael O'Rourke/Deborah O'Connell/Linda Neuhauser/Gerald Midgley/Julie Thompson Klein/Nicola J. Grigg/Howard Gadlin/Ian R. Elsum/Marcel Bursztyn/Elizabeth A. Fulton/Christian Pohl/Michael Smithson/Ulli Vilsmaier/Matthias Bergmann/Jill Jaeger/Femke Merkx/Bianca Vienni Baptista/Mark A. Burgman/Daniel H. Walker/John Young/Hilary Bradbury/Lynn Crawford/Budi Haryanto/Cha-aim Pachanee/Merritt Polk/George P. Richardson (2020): Expertise in research integration and implementation for tackling complex problems: when is it needed, where can it be found and how can it be strengthened?. Palgrave Communications 6 (5)

Ernährungsrat Frankfurt/ISOE - Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung (2020): Lending reusable bags. In: Wilts, Henning/Jennifer Schinkel/Lina Feder (Ed.): Prevention of plastic waste in production and consumption by multi-actor partnerships. Bonn/Wuppertal: PREVENT Waste Alliance/Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie, 36-37

ISOE - Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung/gramm.genau (2020): Zero waste stores. In: Wilts, Henning/Jennifer Schinkel/Lina Feder (Ed.): Prevention of plastic waste in production and consumption by multi-actor partnerships. Bonn/Wuppertal: PREVENT Waste Alliance/Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie, 32-33

Jahn, Thomas/Diana Hummel/Lukas Drees/Stefan Liehr/Alexandra Lux/Marion Mehring/Immanuel Stieß/Carolin Völker/Martina Winker/Martin Zimmermann (2020): Shaping social-ecological transformations in the Anthropocene. ISOE-Diskussionspapiere, 45. Frankfurt am Main: ISOE - Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung

Matias, Denise Margaret S. (2020): Climate humanitarian visa: international migration opportunities as post-disaster humanitarian intervention. Climatic Change

Matias, Denise Margaret S. (2020): The extended present: conceptualizing tempocoupling and sustainability archaeology. ISOE-Diskussionspapiere, 44. Frankfurt am Main: ISOE - Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung

Mehring, Marion/Nicolai Mehlhaus/Edward Ott/Diana Hummel (2020): A systematic review of biodiversity and demographic change: A misinterpreted relationship?. Ambio 49, 1297-1312

Nagy, Emilia/Anna Ransiek/Martina Schäfer/Alexandra Lux/Matthias Bergmann/Thomas Jahn/Oskar Marg/Lena Theiler (2020): Transfer as a reciprocal process: How to foster receptivity to results of transdisciplinary research. Environmental Science and Policy 104, 148-160

Oral, Hasan Volkan/Pedro Carvalho/Magdalena Gajewska/Nadia Ursino/Fabio Masi/Eric D.van Hullebusch/Jan K. Kazak/Alfonso Expostio/Giulia Cipolletta/Theis Raaschou Andersen/David Christian Finger/Lena Simperler/Martin Regelsberger/Vit Rous/Matej Radinja/Gianluigi Buttiglieri/Pawel Krzeminski/Anacleto Rizzo/Kaveh Dehghanian/Mariyana Nikolova/Martin Zimmermann (2020): A review of nature-based solutions for urban water management in European circular cities: a critical assessment based on case studies and literature. Blue-Green Systems 2 (1), 112-136

Sattlegger, Lukas/Immanuel Stieß/Luca Raschewski/Katharina Reindl (2020): Plastic Packaging, Food Supply, and Everyday Life. Adopting a Social Practice Perspective in Social-Ecological Research. Nature and Culture 15 (2), 146-172

Schäfer, Martina/Alexandra Lux/Matthias Bergmann (Ed.) (2020): Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research - Linking research processes and outputs to societal effects. Virtual Special Issue. Environmental Science and Policy.

Schäfer, Martina/Alexandra Lux/Matthias Bergmann (2020): Editorial to the special issue "Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research-Linking research processes and outputs to societal effects". Environmental Science and Policy, 206-210

Sellke, Piet/Matthias Bergmann/Marion Dreyer/Oskar Marg/Steffi Ober (2020): The Kopernikus Project ENavi: linking science, business, and civil society. In: Renn, Ortwin/Frank Ulmer/Anna Deckert (Ed.): The Role of Public Participation in Energy Transitions. London et al.: Academic Press, 123-137


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