Research for the Environment

Department of Conservation Biology


Working Group - Theory and Science-Policy

AG Theory and Science Policy


Our working group focuses on the interplay between nature conservation and societal processes. On a conceptual level, we scrutinize ecological concepts and analyse moral attitudes and argumentations underlying actions taking in nature conservation. Furthermore, we explore by empirical social sciences methods, how scientific knowledge may be effectively fed into the process of political decision-making. As part of our practical work, we actively support the communication and the exchange of knowledge between scientists, policy makers and other relevant stakeholders.
Specifically, we use methods of the natural sciences and the humanities to deal with the following research subjects:

• Inter- and transdisciplinary concept formation and reasoning in nature conservation, specifically with regard to ecosystem processes, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services
• The effectiveness of arguments for the conservation of the biological diversity in practice in terms of efficiency and justice
• Empirical studies on the science-policy interface, e. g. with regard to the development of political strategies or transdisciplinary research
• Development of approaches to effectively network the knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services and feed it into decision-making processes

We aim at a close interconnection between our research with policy-oriented activities – to increase the relevance of our own research in the department as well as of biodiversity research in general. Our work on this interface has the following tasks:

• Organising and facilitating dialogues between science and policy to further develop and implement the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and European and German Biodiversity Strategies
• Supporting network-building within and the visibility of the German and the European biodiversity research community
• Supporting the involvement of German scientific expertise into international processes at the science-policy interface, e. g. the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
• Active participation in network developing biodiversity research strategies (e.g., the EPBRS)

 

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For our work, we are building on broad collaborations – within the UFZ, especially the Departments of Environmental Politics and Economics via the UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group, and with colleagues from other institutions in Germany and beyond.

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Recent Publications

JAX, K. (Ed.)(2010): Ecosystem functioning Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 272 S.

Fisheries and Fish-eating Vertebrates as a Model Case
Series: Environmental Science and Engineering
Subseries: Environmental Science
Klenke, R.A.; Ring, I.; Kranz, A.; Jepsen, N.; Rauschmayer, F.; Henle, K. (Eds.)
2013, XIV, 347 p. 64 illus., 36 in color.

JAX. K. & A. SCHWARZ (2011): Competing terms. Chapter 11,. In: SCHWARZ, A. & K. JAX (eds.): Ecology Revisited: Reflecting on Concepts, Advancing Science. Dordrecht, Springer: 155-159.

SCHWARZ, A. & K. JAX (eds.): Ecology Revisited: Reflecting on Concepts, Advancing Science. Dordrecht, Springer: 444 p.

BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION Volume 20, Number 5, 1057-1072, DOI: 10.1007/s10531-011-0015-2

Effects of species turnover on reserve site selection in a fragmented landscape - Birgit Felinks, Renata Pardini, Marianna Dixo, Klaus Follner, Jean P. Metzger und Klaus Henle

BRECKLING, B., PE'ER, G. & Y.G. MATSINOS (2011). Cellular Automata in Ecological Modelling. In: JOPP, F., REUTER, H., BRECKLING, B. (Eds.): Modelling Complex Ecological Dynamics.  Springer: 105-117.

BRECKLING, B., PE'ER, G. & Y.G. MATSINOS (2011). Cellular Automata in Ecological Modelling. In: JOPP, F., REUTER, H., BRECKLING, B. (Eds.): Modelling Complex Ecological Dynamics. Springer: 105-117.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/331/6021/1139.summary

Science-Policy Interface: Beyond Assessments - Mike Hulme, Martin Mahony, Silke Beck, Christoph Görg, Bernd Hansjürgens, Jennifer Hauck, Carsten Nesshöver, Axel Paulsch, Marie Vandewalle, Heidi Wittmer, Stefan Böschen, Peter Bridgewater, Mariteuw Chimère Diaw, Pierre Fabre, Aurelia Figueroa, Kong Luen Heong, Horst Korn, Rik Leemans, Eva Lövbrand, Mohd Norowi Hamid, Chad Monfreda, Roger Pielke, Jr., Josef Settele, Marten Winter, Alice B. M. Vadrot, Sybille van den Hove and Jeroen P. van der Sluijs, Science 5 August 2011: 697-698.