Agua Futuro: Integrated Water Resource Modelling: Future Risks and Adaptation Strategies in the Andes of Peru
The systematic analysis of risks associated with various influences on water supply and demand is complex and has received little attention. This research project addresses this challenge by collaborating with various interdisciplinary research groups in Switzerland, Germany and Peru to combine data on water supply and demand in an integrated water balance model.
CampUSi is a real-world laboratory focussing on climate neutrality by investigating sustainable planning processes using intelligent control systems for buildings
Investigation of social and technical potentials and challenges of the application of computational design methods in building design practice
The real-world laboratory Future City_Lab seeks to explore potentials for change of urban mobility cultures. Thereby, a key focus is placed on the close cooperation with citizens and civil society actors.
GartenLeistungen: Urban Gardens and Parks: Multidimensional Services for Socially, Ecologically and Economically Sustainable Area and Material Flow Management
"GartenLeistungen” explores the multidimensional services of urban gardens, parks and green spaces for urban society.
GENESE: Effects of societal change on the level and profile of sectoral electricity demand and their importance in coupling energy models with different temporal resolution
In the joint project Genese, a systematic characterization of different aspects of societal change, the recording of the effects of change on electricity demand, a detailed modeling of the change in demand profiles and the evaluation of these profiles via the integration into energy system models with low temporal resolution as well as electricity market models with high temporal resolution is carried out. The CIB-Lab analyzes aspects of societal change and creates consistent, cross-sectoral driver constellations for demand change with the CIB, which act as a starting point as well as a link between the models.
In a consortium with partners in engineering and economics, ZIRIUS uses focus groups and conjoint analysis to examine the societal evaluation of key technologies in the transformation process of the energy transition through focus groups. It also explores how socio-scientific data from conjoint analysis can be integrated into the evaluation of energy scenarios as a social dimension of sustainability.
Methods for the Integrative Exploration of Design Spaces for Future Timber Buildings within Existing Urban Contexts
Social, Environmental, Technical and Economic Integration
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’.
MANIFOLD: Model development and model coupling in the field of actor behaviour in innovation and diffusion networks
The MANIFOLD project aims to enable energy system models, despite their primarily techno-economic focus, to better take into account the results of quantitative and qualitative empirical socio-economic analyses of the behaviour of actors in the context of the energy system transformation and, above all, to do so with less methodological effort.
NEWA-LIMA: New water resources and innovative wastewater treatment for arid metropolitan regions using Lima, Peru as an example
The technology of Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) with treated municipal wastewater, which has been proven in Germany, will be introduced as a nature-based solution in Peru and its potential for the cost-effective provision of high-quality service and drinking water in densely populated water-deficit regions will be examined. Participatory stakeholder integration processes are used to support effective exchange among water sector stakeholders.
The goal of this project is to test how different communication formats - debate-style formats (“contestatory inquiry”) vs cooperative dialogue formats (“appreciative inquiry”) - affect internal communicative dynamics and outcomes in the context of the famous Trolley-dilemma.
In the joint project, an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary concept for the resilient design of the digital energy transition is to be developed with scientific and practical experts, as well as a resilience monitoring, the core of which is a stress test instrument. The main focus of the project is the development of this system-analytical instrument and the concept of its social integration.
The joint project SyKonaS develops a fundamental, conceptual and methodological approach for the analysis of actor conflicts in energy transition pathways. To this end, the CIB Lab analysis the interactions between conflicts on different levels of the transformation process on the one hand, and the institutional, technical, economic and legal framework conditions on the other hand (conflict lines). In order to support the knowledge gain with practical knowledge, stakeholders are involved who contribute to the identification of conflicts, the assessment of systemic interactions and the development of solutions.
TechnikRadar is a joint project by the Körber Foundation, acatech, ZIRIUS and theDepartment of Sociology of Technology and Environment at the University of Stuttgart. 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.
Using the example of the Río Lurín water catchment area in the region of Lima, Peru, experts from various disciplines are collaborating in the joint project TRUST to develop planning tools as well as water and wastewater disposal concepts primarily for drinking water supply. ZIRIUS coordinates the project with the overall objective of contributing to the achievement of the sustainable development goals.
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.
The project, funded by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg, investigates the social perception and evaluation of ‘products made from residues’.
The VENAMO research project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and explores the question of the extent to which traffic relief effects can be achieved through spatial and temporal flexible work and a change in mobility behaviour for work-related travel (including the use of new mobility technologies).
Citizen involvement in deliberative forums is frequently discussed with an eye on boosting the legitimacy of democratic decision-making. However, this idea has been radically challenged by Cristina Lafont (2015), arguing that such forums may eventually decrease rather than increase democratic legitimacy.
Knowledge transfer reloaded: Using Stuttgart's Real-world Laboratory Research Successfully and Sustainably
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.
As a consequence of climate change, conflicts over groundwater and surface water are also expected to increase in Germany in the future. As part of the Ladenburger Kolleg of the Daimler and Benz Foundation, a joint project coordinated by ZIRIUS is researching these possible conflicts. With the help of participatory modeling and serious gaming, future contexts and actor strategies are examined in their interactions.