Leuphana works closely with other universities, research institutions and partners in practice to anchor the ideas of sustainable development in teaching, research and campus operations, as well as in close exchange with society.

International networks

International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN)

ISCN is a global network of universities for the exchange of experience on sustainable campus operations and the integration of sustainability considerations into research and teaching. Leuphana is represented on the ISCN board alongside the following universities:

  • Danish Technical University, Denmark
  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Harvard University, USA
  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Yale University, USA

Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes (GCSO)

GCSO is a global network that advances solutions to sustainability problems through research, development and capacity building. It generates and tests a wide range of solutions including technology, policy, economic incentives, social change and cultural practices. GCSO includes several global partners who can transform ideas into action. Through education, the consortium builds capacity and brings solutions to implementers with the goal of achieving sustainability outcomes on multiple continents.

Copernicus Alliance - European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development

COPERNICUS Alliance is a European network of universities and colleges dedicated to transformative learning and change for sustainable development. In close cooperation with its members and in collaboration with strategic stakeholders, the network aims to promote international and European development in education policy and to support institutions on their way to integrate sustainability into their policies, teaching and research.

International Network of Programs in Sustainability (NEPS)

  • Arizona State University, USA
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • University of Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • University of Tokyo, Japan
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Within the framework of the Robert Bosch Stiftung-funded research group "Processes of Sustainability Transformation", Leuphana University is cooperating with the above-mentioned universities.

Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership

Together with the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Leuphana University has established the research college "Processes of Sustainability Transformation". It is the first of its kind to take a systematic and comprehensive look at transformation processes towards sustainability in research work from different disciplines in cooperation with and funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation. The central focus is the question of the conditions for successful transformations: What can be learned from successful processes within different disciplines? What can be learned from failed or stalled processes? How do the dynamics in the different areas play out in time and space?

UN Initiative Pr(i)me (UnPrme)

Since July 2019, Leuphana University has been a member of the UN initiative "Principles for Responsible Management Education" (UnPrme), which aims to integrate responsibility and sustainability into business degree programmes. Joining the UN initiative is part of the Faculty of Business and Economics' project "Responsible Management Education in Business Administration".

International Centres

Yunus Centre for Social Business and Values (YCSB)

The Yunus Centre for Social Business and Values (YCSB) is an inter- and transdisciplinary centre at Leuphana University Lüneburg. It is part of a network of 82 Yunus Centres around the world inspired and supported by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus. The YCSB at Leuphana University was founded in 2019 on the initiative of Prof. Günther Strunk, Dominique Dauster, Manouchehr Shamsrizi and Prof. Markus Reihlen.

Centre for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (CGSC)

The Joint Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (CGSC) is the result of Leuphana's long and intensive collaboration with Arizona State University. The CGSC aims to develop a new model for international scientific cooperation in the 21st century:

  • Excellent and innovative application-oriented research
  • Training leaders to build a globally connected society with cross-cultural competencies
  • Further development on sustainable solutions in collaboration with actors outside and inside the scientific community
  • Analysis of cultural and epistemological foundations of sustainability in a complex, globalised world

Institute for Sustainable Development and Learning (ISDL)

The Institute for Sustainable Development and Learning (ISDL) is a central, cross-faculty institution at Leuphana with the aim of researching and supporting transdisciplinary learning processes for sustainable development. ISDL focuses on the South-North dimension of transdisciplinary learning processes in sustainable development and contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The aim is to develop a national and international platform that enables evidence-based research in close cooperation with partners from the Global South and supports the application of the results.

National networks

Network for Sustainable Science (NaWIS)

NaWIS is a network of scientific institutions in the field of sustainable science and promotes transdisciplinary sustainability science in the German science system - both in universities and in non-university research institutions.

In addition to Leuphana, the network includes the University of Kassel, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam.

Sustainability Network of Universities in Lower Saxony (HochNiNa)

HochNiNa aims to promote exchange and cooperation between those responsible for sustainability at universities in Lower Saxony and to give them a common voice in order to expand sustainability at the state's universities.

Sustainability at Universities (HOCH-N)

In the joint project HOCH-N, eleven universities in Germany have set out to promote the exchange of experience on sustainable development at universities. Together with LMU Munich, Leuphana is in charge of the "Research" field of action within the HOCH-N network.

Local and internal networks

City of the Future 2030+

Lüneburg in 2030 - what could it look like? This is the question posed by the project City of the Future Lüneburg 2030+, funded by the BMBF.  Together with Leuphana and a number of other local partners, the Hanseatic City of Lüneburg is calling on the citizens of Lüneburg to develop and implement ideas for the sustainable design of their place of residence in 15 real experiments.

Scientists 4 Future (S4F)

The regional S4F group in Lüneburg was founded in March 2019 at Leuphana University and brings together scientists from various scientific institutions in the region. The group consists of sustainability, social and natural scientists and wants to support the students of the Fridays for Future movement.

Internal Network Gender and Diversity Research

The network "Gender and Diversity Research" at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg is a professional, inter- and transdisciplinary as well as science- and university-political network of scientists*.