Projects

All current ZIRIUS projects and those completed within the last two years. Cross-departmental and listed alphabetical.

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

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Investigation of social and technical potentials and challenges of the application of computational design methods in building design practice

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The interdisciplinary research initiative at the University of Stuttgart is concerned with the development and application of simulation-based, digital visualization tools (VR/AR) for stakeholder participation in urban energy system transformations. The aim is to support decision-making processes and drive forward the energy transition in existing neighborhoods.

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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.

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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.

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Methods for the Integrative Exploration of Design Spaces for Future Timber Buildings within Existing Urban Contexts

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Social, Environmental, Technical and Economic Integration 

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The objective of the research project ‘InvestAgent’ is to investigate how investment decisions in the renewable power sector can be modeled as realistically as possible and whether the decisions made in the model can contribute to the achievement of current climate targets as well as long-term security of supply. The focus of the analyses is on investment decisions in renewable generation units and flexible capacities with a special focus on modeling uncertain future revenue and cost expectations. 

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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TechnikRadar is a joint project by the Körber Foundationacatech, 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.

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

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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’.

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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).

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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.

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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 survey of around 2,000 15 to 17-year-olds in Baden-Württemberg provides an up-to-date picture of the state of mind of young people and important impulses for youth policy.

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The research project ZUSYNQ is funded by the Federal Ministry of Health and evaluates to what extent a structural further development of the Municipal Health Conferences in Baden-Württemberg contributes to an increase in the quality of public health planning.

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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.

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