Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research

Transdisciplinary sustainability research is a problem- and solution-oriented field that seeks to combine scientific and practical knowledge with actions for a sustainable future.

Transdisciplinary sustainability research

The transdisciplinary research approach of the Institute is characterized by three central aspects:

  • a consistent approach to sustainability-related issues and issues;
  • a theoretical and methodological approach to these issues; as well as the design of joint learning processes with an intensive, mutual exchange between scientists of different disciplines and actors from politics, business and civil society.
  • Through these aspects, transdisciplinary sustainability research is designed as an interplay between concrete transdisziplinary research projects (case studies) with the aim of contributing to dealing with relevant sustainability issues, and the reflection of these projects in terms of theoretical as well as methodological development and targeted process design.

A core of transdisciplinary sustainability research is the design and further development of various interfaces, including those between human, natural and technical sciences; science and society; qualitative and quantitative research and different human and environmental systems.

Our research and teaching at the faculty relates to three fundamental challenges in this field:

  • The consolidation of the epistemological and methodological foundations of transdisciplinary sustainability research,
  • the further development of scientific research at the interface between science and society, which at the same time meets criteria of scientific and social relevance,
  • enable students, researchers and social actors to contribute to a transformation towards sustainability at the local and global levels.

We are rooted in the Faculty of Sustainability and work with many institutes at Leuphana University Lüneburg and worldwide. Various social actors and institutions from the private and public sectors, in Lüneburg and beyond have already participated in our projects.



  • Prof. Dr. Karoline Augenstein

Research Assistants

  • Stefanie Drautz