The Institute for Sustainable Development and Learning (ISDL) actively contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To this end, it systematically puts the South-North dimension of transdisciplinary learning processes in sustainable development at core of its activities. As an inter-faculty body, it strives to evolve into a national as well as international platform that enables evidence-generating research and supports the evidence-based application of findings, in close collaboration with partners from the Global South.

The institute’s goal is to research and support transdisciplinary learning processes for sustainable development. Transdisciplinary learning is understood as reciprocal interaction processes between stakeholders from science and practice, so as to generate, reflect on, and apply new types of knowledge. Such learning processes are widely recognized in scientific discourse, as well as by political stakeholders, as being of vital importance for sustainable development.

The ISDL is set up as a central, cross-faculty institution at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. It is headed by a board of directors and composed of project staff and affiliated scholars from all faculties of Leuphana as well as fellows from external partner institutions. An international advisory board provides consultation on activities and strategic development.