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Programme:Social-ecological Research
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Social-ecological ResearchResearch Programme


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Summary of key aims

The programme "Social-ecological Research" uses a transdisciplinary approach in order to solve crucial societal problems. The general aim is to contribute to the German Strategy for Sustainable Development. Transdisciplinary in this case means, that science crosses the borders of the scientific system and includes knowledge and visions of practioners.
Since 2000 a number of topics were addressed in calls:
- Strategies for sustainable consumption
- Socio-ecological transformation in the supply and disposal systems
- Political strategies to cope with environmental problems - from local to global level
- Production of knowledge in space-related problem areas
- Strategies to cope with systemic risks
The programme's perspective is a period of five more years.
There are a number of projects which address the problematic impacts of demographic change, mainly in the field of supply systems (e.g. water, food, infrastructure). The aim of the projects is to create policy relevant knowledge for orientation and action in order to realise successful transformation strategies (successful in a sense of sustainable societal development).

Management contact

Dr Monika Wachter
0049 - 89 - 3187 - 0
Kuhbachstr. 11
D-81543 Munchen

Funding contact

Bernd Fischer
01888/57- 0
German Ministry of Education and Research
Referat 624
Heinemannstr. 2
D-53175 Bonn

Is the project externally evaluated?


Who has evaluated, or will evaluate, the programme?

A team of scientific experts and one policy maker (who is a member of a NGO and of a Scientific Board of Federal Ministry

What forms of international collaboration does the programme support?

  • ▪ Travel for foreign collaborators
  • ▪ Travel for national researchers

Interdisciplinary research is a strategic priority...

  • For the programme ✔
  • For the funding agency ✔
  • Nationally ✔