Cooperations and Networks


Copernicus Alliance - European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development

CORPENICUS Alliance is a European network of universities and colleges with the aim of transformational teaching and transition for sustainable development.
In close collaboration with their members and in cooperation with strategic stakeholders, the network strives for an international and European development in education policy, as well as support for institutions on their way to implementing sustainability in their business policy, teachings and research. For more information click here.

GCSO - Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes

The GCSO is a global network which advances solutions for sustainability issues through research, development and capacity-building. It produces and tests a broad range of solutions including technology, politics, economic incentives, social transition and cultural practices. GCSO is comprised of different global partners, which can transform ideas into practice. Through education the consortium builds capacity and offers solutions to implementing stakeholders with the goal of achieving sustainability results on several continents. For more information click here.

NaWIS - Network for Sustainable Science

Climate and environmental issues have long surpassed all disciplinary boundaries. They demand close collaboration of the natural and technical sciences with the social and human sciences. Only this way can we shape the transition to a sustainable society. In the international context many initiatives have developed with a focus on inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability sciences. In Germany this form of science is still in its infancy. This is the starting point of the “NaWi”- group, carried by the universities of Lüneburg and Kassel, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy as well as the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. The goal of the network is to assist transdisciplinary sustainability science in the German science system - in universities as well as in non-university research institutions. For more information click here.

NEPS - International Network of Programs in Sustainability

The International Network for Programs in Sustainability (NEPS) was launched in 2015. This program is promoted by the Robert Bosch Foundation’s college “Process of Sustainability Transformation”.  Joint learning with a focus on impactful, hands-on [AV1] change is a key priority for this network, which includes the following institutions:

  • Arizona State University, School of Sustainability
  • Lund University, Centre for Sustainability Studies
  • Maastricht University, International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development (ICIS)
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Tokyo, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S)
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Institute of Sustainability
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Graduate Program on Sustainability Science (PCS)

Together with the Robert-Bosch-Foundation the Leuphana University formed the research college "Processes of Sustainability Transformation". It is the first of its kind in which research projects from different disciplines, viewing transformation processes towards sustainability in a systematic and comprehensive way, are conducted in cooperation with and funded by the Robert-Bosch-Foundation. The central question is that of the requirements for successful transformations: What can you learn from successful processes within different disciplines? What do you learn from failed or stagnating processes? How do dynamics evolve in the varying areas over time and space?  For more information click here.

Common centres

CGSC - Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation

Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg and Ari­zo­na Sta­te Uni­ver­si­ty have a long his­to­ry of col­la­bo­ra­ti­on. Some of the­se in­no­va­ti­ve pro­jects are high­ligh­ted be­low. The Joint Cen­ter for Glo­bal Sustaina­bi­li­ty and Cul­tu­ral Trans­for­ma­ti­on (CGSC) ta­kes this col­la­bo­ra­ti­on to the next le­vel and aims to crea­te a new mo­del for in­ter­na­tio­nal aca­de­mic col­la­bo­ra­ti­on in the 21st cen­tu­ry.

The following research projects exist at the moment:

  • "Bridging the Great Divide in Sustainability Science: Linking high-performance Modeling and Transition Experiments to foster Transformational Change towards Sustainability"
  • “Complexity or Control – Paradigms for Sustainable Development” (CCP)
  • “Educating future change agents – The role of higher education institutions in training key actors for sustainability transformation”