The source of our prosperity is economic activity, and economic activity depends on framework conditions such as institutions, regulations, and mechanisms of allocation and distribution. To function well, political criteria apply: effectivity, efficiency, fairness, and sustainability. Research at IHS looks at the relation between economic power and public services as well as the social impact of economic decisions within the following areas: macro-economics and transnational integration; tax and fiscal policy; socio-ecological transformation.
This platform elaborates on interaction processes of societies with nature, including material metabolism with nature - mediated through work - as well as the symbolic and cultural meaning making of nature. The manifold societal relationships with nature have become critical in the last decades and are described as socio-ecological crisis which needs to be encountered by a global sustainable development.
This platform brings together scientific knowhow from several research groups at IHS.