Research Projects

  • Bridging the Great Divide in Sustainability Science
  • COUPLED - Operationalising telecouplings for solving sustainability land-use related challenges
  • Educating Future Change Agents - Higher Education as a Motor of Sustainability Transformation
  • Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation
  • Sustainability innovations in regional SMEs
  • PharmCycle
  • Safeguarding Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity of Extensively Managed Cultural Landscapes (ÖkoKult) - Subproject 1: Ecosystem Functions and Services in Cultural Landscapes
  • Wildlife, Values, Justice: Reconciling Sustainability with African Protected Areas

Research Projects

Bridging the Great Divide in Sustainability Science

This project aims at bridging a sizeable gap in sustainability sciences: The combination of high-performance modelling and transition experiments to support transformative change towards sustainability. More

COUPLED - Operationalising telecouplings for solving sustainability land-use related challenges

Society depends on land for food, feed, fibre and energy, but the detrimental outcomes of unsustainable land practices are becoming increasingly apparent. Ensuring sustainable land use is a key challenge, yet hard to achieve in today’s interconnected world where policies, consumer demands and environmental change in one region may affect far-away places.Find out more

Educating Future Change Agents - Higher Education as a Motor of Sustainability Transformation

This inter- and transdisciplinary research project in sustainability education runs from 2016 to 2019. It is implemented in cooperation with Arizona State University, USA, and financed by the Ministry of Science and Culture, as well as the Volkswagen Foundation. Find out more

Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation

This project underpins the processes of change, which at first appear inconspicuous, but which can become very influential. These three "leverage points" are processes in institutions, human-environment interactions and the creation of sustainability knowledge. This inter- and transdisciplinary project runs from 2015 to 2019 and is financed by the Volkswagen Foundation. Find out more

Sustainability innovations in regional SMEs

The project "Sustainability Innovations in Regional SMEs" (NIREM) seeks to expand cooperation with industry and society in the field of sustainable management, as well as energy and resource efficiency at regional universities. This scheme would improve long-term innovation capacities and the future viability of companies in the transition region of Lüneburg. Leuphana University of Lüneburg and Hochschule 21 of Buxtehude are jointly developing and implementing an innovative model for knowledge and technology transfer. Find out more

PharmCycle

The interdisciplinary research project PharmCycle at the HAW of Hamburg aims at reducing pharmaceutical pollutants in waters. Researchers from three departments are cooperating with Leuphana University of Lüneburg to find solutions. This project receives EUR300,000 in funding and will run until 2019. Find out more

Safeguarding Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity of Extensively Managed Cultural Landscapes (ÖkoKult) - Subproject 1: Ecosystem Functions and Services in Cultural Landscapes

Cultural landscapes with habitat complexes consisting of extensively used fields, heaths and open country-forest transition areas provide outstanding ecosystem services, such as carbon or nitrogen storage, groundwater recharge or socio-economic services. They also carry a high recreational value and represent a particularly valuable cultural heritage for Central Europe. In addition, they are home to a large number of animal, plant and fungal species that are increasingly endangered today and are characteristic of nutrient-poor habitats. Nevertheless, such cultural landscapes are currently threatened by factors, such as habitat fragmentation, substance inputs (especially nitrogen) and climate change. Find out more

Wildlife, Values, Justice: Reconciling Sustainability with African Protected Areas

The environmental scientist Dr. Jacqueline Loos develops strategies to solve conflicts of interest between nature conservation and local populations’ needs. She aims at improving nature conservation and human well-being in Tanzania and Zambia. Find out more

FURTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

  • International Cooperation Centre Sustainable Chemistry ISC3
  • Processes of Sustainability Transformation (Doctoral preparation course)

FURTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

International Cooperation Centre Sustainable Chemistry ISC3

When speaking about sustainability, one must consider the entire path of a chemical product – all the way to its disposal. For example: Innovative, lightweight wind turbine blades generate energy more efficiently – but can they be recycled? And how do we ensure that all companies involved in the supply and later disposal chain are informed about the ingredients and how to handle them properly? Sustainable chemistry is dedicated to these and other issues. Find out more

Processes of Sustainability Transformation (Doctoral preparation course)

The Research Training Group gives young researchers the opportunity to take a systematic and comprehensive look at processes of sustainable development in different regions. Find out more