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

Structural-physical and social aspects of facade-integrated habitat systems for insects

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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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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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The aim of the project is to measure heat in a specific district of Stuttgart West and implement concrete measures so that heat reduction can be experienced. Visualization and implementation open up opportunities to enter into dialogue with residents, businesses and political decision-makers more easily and facilitate transformation.

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The aim of the project is to systematically work through the findings from the real-world laboratory research at the University of Stuttgart and make them accessible for upcoming projects as well as for interested parties.

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

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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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Members Research Area Sustainability and Transformation


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Doris Lindner


Spokesperson for the Research Area Sustainability and Transformation

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