Socio-Ecological Transformation Research
The current multiple crisis – especially of the economy, of care, the societal nature relationships and of migration – has to be analyzed along the interlinkages of causes and of socio-economic and political consequences. In this respect the concept of socio-ecological transformation has gained wide recognition not only in the social sciences and sustainability studies but also in politics. Respective approaches refer to ecological macro-economics, multi-level theory and sociological research regarding societal change as well as political concepts of governance. The foci of this scientific and public discourse are manifold; including new concepts of sustainable work and the redistribution of labor (based on studies of work); the societal consequences of low growth rates especially in high-industrialized European countries (unemployment, public finance, well-being); the transition towards a low emission economy (reduction of glass-house emissions up to 80% until 2050); the design of new welfare models (which are less based on material wealth but on well-being); the development of sustainable life-styles and consumption patterns (i.e. mobility, eating, housing); a cosmopolitan perspective (UN Sustainable Development Goals). Following a practice-theoretical perspective the past and future research of the group focuses on the above sketched issues and concepts. Practice oriented research uses variable empirical social science methods, which have been further developed by the group members (especially expert interviews and evaluation research).
Head of Research Group