ERC Grants at Leuphana

EDGE - Evaluating the Delivery of Participatory Environmental Governance Using an Evidence-Based Research Design 

ERC Starting Grant

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Jens Newig, Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Communication

Funding Period: 1.4.2011 - 31.3.2016

Participation of citizens and stakeholders in environmental governance is widely believed to enhance environmental policy outcomes. This instrumental claim has, however, been challenged both on theoretical grounds and due to a lack of reliable evidence. Numerous single case studies are available, providing a rich, but scattered and yet un-tapped source of data. EDGE aims to drastically improve the state of scientific knowledge on whether and under what conditions participation actually improves policy delivery in environmental governance. More...


Identifying Social-Ecological System Properties Benefiting Biodiversity and Food Security

ERC Consolidator Grant

Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Jörn Fischer, Institute of Ecology 

Funding Period: 1.6.2014 - 31.5.2019

Ensuring food security and halting biodiversity decline are two of the most urgent (and interconnected) challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Drawing on both the natural and social sciences, the project implements an interdisciplinary research agenda to address these challenges. The goal is to develop and test a global theory that explains which properties of social-ecological systems benefit both biodiversity conservation and food security (and which may benefit one but not the other). More...