research projects

Current projects:

Complexity or Control? Paradigms for Sustainable Development (CCP)

The project focuses on the foundations for a science of sustainable development from an interdisciplinary perspective that combines approaches from digital and computational history/ history of science, media studies, transdisciplinary methods development, complexity theory and sustainability science. It investigates fundamental conceptual, theoretical, methodological, epistemological and social/cultural dimensions for a science of sustainable development.

The project is funded by the VolkswagenStiftung/Niedersächsisches Vorab.

Duration: 2015 - 2019

Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation

Leverage Points will focus on changes in relatively intractable, but potentially highly influential, system properties that could help to realign complex social-ecological systems to the normative goals of sustainability. Specifically, we will analyze three sustainability-relevant leverage points: (1) institutional dynamics  (RESTRUCTURE); (2) human-environment interactions (RECONNECT); and (3) sustainability-related knowledge creation (RETHINK). The three leverage points will be studied individually and with regard to their interdependencies. Following in-depth conceptual work on the three leverage points, the project will conduct  empirical research on two contrasting case study regions (Transylvania in Romania and Lower Saxony in Germany), focusing on two key themes of particular relevance to sustainability (food and energy). We will link the conceptual and empirical insights via two integrative and transdisciplinary place-based case studies (one in each study region) involving local stakeholders and decision-makers. Our genuinely inter- and transdisciplinary approach will contribute fundamental understanding to the field of sustainability science, and will identify new, concrete measures to improve sustainability outcomes.

The project is funded by the VolkswagenStiftung/Niedersächsisches Vorab.

Duration: 2015 - 2019

Accompanying Research with the Robert Bosch Research Group — Processes of Sustainability Transformation

With 12 PhD studies from different perspectives the Robert Bosch research group “Processes of Sustainability Transformation” casts a comprehensive view on transformation processes towards sustainability. The project offers opportunities to conduct research on drivers, barriers, and leverage approaches towards sustainability transformation. It tackles questions such as: How do sustainability transformation take place in different places and across time scales? What can we learn from successful transformation processes? What from failed ones? What are robust ways to foster transformation towards sustainability? The thematic focus of the research group is on food and textiles — to areas that have major sustainability implications in production and consumption on different scales. The accompanying research analyzes the application of methods for integration in inter- and transdisciplinary research teams.

Wird gefördert von: Robert-Bosch Stiftung

Duration: 2017-2020

Accompanying research ZZL-Netzwerk

The project aims to establish a network connecting the institutions and phases of teacher education at Leuphana University Lüneburg, in order to develop innovative solutions that effectively integrate theory and practice. It seeks to construct a collaborative culture with collegial partners from universities, schools, teacher training institutes, and extramural organizations.

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany/National Programme to Improve the Quality of Teacher Training.

Duration: 2016 - 2019

 

Completed projects:

Zukunftsstadt Lüneburg 2030+ (Phase II)

The project tackled the challenge of developing visions for Lüneburg in the year(s) 2030+. In 25 thematic fields, Leuphana first semester students worked together with representatives of various societal fields and elaborate visions for sustainable futures by downscaling the UN Sustainable Development Goals to the local context. 
Based on visions of a sustainable future in Lüneburg that have been developed by students, citizen and scientists of the Leuphana University, phase II dealt with ideas for practical implementation. Amongst others, the issue of food security and the vision of a sustainable food system in Lüneburg were tackled by the transdisciplinary research teams. 

The project was conducted with Hansestadt Lüneburg and was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany.

Duration: 2017-2018

Challenges of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge production: Institutions, Cultures and Communities (ICC)

The overall objective of ICC was advancing inter- and transdisciplinary knowledge production, by analysing institutionalisation processes, (epistemic) cultures and communities. This first phase of ICC (preparatory study) identified core challenges and knowledge gaps. The research design of ICC (from phase I on) aimed at strenthening inter- and transdisciplinary campus cultures at the institutions that serve as case studies (Leuphana University Lüneburg, Universidad de la República, Uruguay). Thus this research followed different objectives: epistemic objectives aiming at a deeper understanding insitutions, (epistemic) cultures, communities related to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary knowledge production, and transformative objectives that aim at contributing to transform cultures of knowledge production and support institutional changes.

ICC was a preparatory project.

Duration: 2016-2017

Zukunftsstadt Lüneburg 2030+ (Phase I)

The project tackles the challenge of developing visions for Lüneburg in the year(s) 2030+. In 25 thematic fields, Leuphana first semester students work together with representatives of various societal fields and elaborate visions for sustainable futures by downscaling the UN Sustainable Development Goals to the local context.

The project is conducted with Hansestadt Lüneburg and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany.

Duration: 2015-2016

Global TraPs – Transdisciplinary Processes for sustainable phosphorous management

Project lead: Roland W. Scholz & Amit H. Roy

Global TraPs is to engage key stakeholders through transdisciplinary mutual learning in building a human-environment system- based understanding of the complete phosphorus supply and demand chain, identifying pools, sinks, and the underlying dynamics of flows so as to jointly identify with strategic stakeholders through case study research alternatives in use, reuse and recycling.

Duration: 2010-2014

Transition Dynamics in Energy Regions: An Integrated Model for Sustainable Policies (TERIM)

Project lead: C. R. Binder

Duration: 2011-2014

Effects of Climate Change on Future Snow Conditions in Tyrol and Styria (CC-Snow)

Project lead: Prof. Dr. U. Strasser

Duration: 2010-2012

Leben 2014 – Perspektiven der Regionalentwicklung in der Nationalparkregion Hohe Tauern/Oberpinzgau

Project lead: Prof. Dr. A. Muhar und Prof. Dr. B. Freyer

Duration: 2002-2006

Das Zukunftszentrum Lehrerbildung ist ein Forschungszentrum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg zur systematischen Weiterentwicklung der Lehrerbildung. In Hinsicht auf den ständigen gesellschaftlichen Wandel und die zukünftigen Herausforderungen an die Gesellschaft arbeitet die Leuphana stetig an der Verbesserung der Ausbildung zukünftiger Lehrkräfte. Hierbei nimmt das Zukunftszentrum eine innovierende und koordinierende Funktion ein. Im Zentrum werden bestehende sowie neue Initiativen strukturiert, analysiert und weiterentwickelt.