Sustainability and Transformation Research Area

Center for Interdisciplinary Risk and Innovation Studies

Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Analyses of Socio-technical Change.

In this research area, we deal with socio-technical transformation processes such as the energy, nutrition or mobility transition. This includes both empirical and conceptual work with a focus on sustainability issues. Key questions are:

  • How can socio-technical transformation processes be adequately described and analysed? Which mechanisms, drivers and barriers play a crucial role?
  • How can such transformation processes be influenced and shaped in terms of sustainable development?

Our research projects focus on the analysis of changes in behavioural and attitudinal patterns (micro level), organisational fields (meso level), as well as cultural and socio-economic structures (macro level).

Most projects in this research area aim at interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge production and application. An essential feature of this research area is the collaboration with other scientific disciplines as well as actors from policy-making, economy and civil society.

Current Projects of this Research Area

CampUS exponent i is a real-world laboratory focussing on climate neutrality by investigating sustainable planning processes using intelligent control systems for buildings.

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"GartenLeistungen” explores the multidimensional services of urban gardens, parks and green spaces for urban society.

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The junior research group DynaMo seeks to develop interdisciplinary knowledge about the interplay of social, technical and political factors in the transformation of urban mobility systems. By involving practitioners and stakeholders in a transdisciplinary cooperation process, (policy) recommendations for the implementation of sustainable mobility concepts are developed.

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The joint research project wants to explore, how urban and rural municipalities can benefit from cooperation and from more sustainable land use. It aims at jointly developing strategies on the regional level, which combine the following dimensions: land use, sustainability and inter-municipal cooperation. ZIRIUS is coordinating the sub-project ‘conflicts and policy mixes’.

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The aim of the project is the regular collection of empirical data and analysis of the attitudes, expectations and perspectives in relation to new technologies and technical change.

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URBANOME synthesizes environmental, social, and functional characteristics of a city into an integrative analytical framework that facilitates the identification of key determinants of health and well-being in the city. In doing so, it supports the co-design and testing of policies and preventive interventions to improve urban health and well-being through reallaboratories.

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Members Research Area Sustainability and Transformation


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Doris Lindner


Spokesperson for the Research Area Sustainability and Transformation

Sabine Mücke


Human Resources

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