Research for the Environment

Projects of the Department of Environmental Politics

Current Projects

Interfaces between Research and Governance

BASE − Bottom-Up Climate Adaptation Strategies for Europe
Duration: 2012 − 2016
Contact: Dr. Silke Beck

Scoping Study on the Concept and Implementation of a National Ecosystem Assessment for Germany (NEA-DE)
Contact: Dr. Christian Albert

Ecosystem Services in Germany
Contact: Dr. Christian Albert

Sustainability transitions 

GLAMURS – Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability
Duration: January 2014 – December 2016
Contact: Dr. Felix Rauschmayer

Transformative potentials of energy cooperatives
Duration: 2013 – 2016
Coordination: Dr. Felix Rauschmayer

Consumer-oriented policy research

Shrinking city, increasing traffic – Effects of pre-move soft policy interventions and the impact of urban development on travel mode choice
Doctoral project funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt
Final Report (in German): Leipziger Mobilitätspaket
Duration: since November 2007
Supervisor: Dr. Sylvia Harms
Contact: Ines Thronicker

The influence of key events on the acceptance of integrated mobility service packages as an alternative to car ownership
Doctoral project funded by the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation
Fact Sheet: Exposé Schuppan
Duration: since April 2009
Supervisor: Dr. Sylvia Harms
Contact: Julia Schuppan

Governance of global environmental change

Green Infrastructure – Creating habitats with agriculture
Funded by the BMBF
Duration: March 2013 – February 2016
Contact: Dr. Jennifer Hauck

LEGATO: Land-use intensity and Ecological Engineering – Assessment Tools for risks and Opportunities in irrigated rice based production systems
Funded by the BMBF
Contact: Prof. Dr. Christoph Görg

Operationalisation of Natural Capital and EcoSystem Services: From Concepts to Real-world Applications (OpenNESS)
Contact: Prof. Dr. Christoph Görg
Flyer: OpenNESS flyer.pdf (590 KB)

ValuES: Methoden zur Integration von Ökosystemleistungen in Politik, Planung und Praxis
Duration: 2013 – 2018 (UFZ: till 8/2016)
Contact: Dr. Heidi Wittmer

Completed Projects

Interfaces between Research and Governance

KNEU: Developing a knowledge network for European expertise on biodiversity and ecosystem services to inform policy making economic sectors

Nested Networks: Novel Forms of Governance by Nested Networks (NESNET)

PRESS – PEER Research on Ecosystem Services: Work Package 3: Policy Analysis; Research project of the Partnership for European Environmental Research – PEER

SMART I: Integrated Water Resources Management in the Lower Jordan Rift Valley − Sustainable Management of Available Water Resources with Innovative Technologies (BMBF)

PEER Project: Climate Policy Integration, Coherence and Governance

The Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index. Evaluation from a German perspective and comparison with other instruments for environmental policy evaluation

INVASION − Evolutionary, ecological and social consequences of biological invasions

PATH − Participatory Approaches in Science and Technology

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and its relevance for Germany

IBEFish: Interaction between Environment and Fisheries − a Challenge to Management

Sustainability transitions

InContext – Individuals in Context: Supportive Environments for Sustainable Living
Duration: 2011 – 2014
Coordination: Dr. Felix Rauschmayer

GeNECA – Fair sustainable development based on the capability approach
German research project within the "Economics for sustainability" funding program of the German research ministry
Duration: April 2010 – March 2013
Coordination: Dr. Felix Rauschmayer

Consumer-oriented policy research

Parkraumprobleme in wachsenden Stadtteilen: Evaluation freiwilliger Veränderungsmaßnahmen am Beispiel Leipzig-Schleußig
Partly funded by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt
Article about the project (in German): Projekt Schleussig.pdf
Press reports (in German): Pressemitteilungen_Schleussig.pdf
Duration: January 2008 – April 2010

From University to working life: Impact on travel mode choice
Fact Sheet: Life events (174.8 KB)
Duration: April 2005 – March 2008

Impact of residential relocations on travel mode choices: A qualitative analysis
Fact Sheet: Relocations qual (110.8 KB)
Duration: July 2005 – June 2008

Sustainable urban transport – changing travel mode choice by push- and pull-measures
Fact Sheet: policy measueres (63.9 KB)
Duration: March 2005 – December 2006

Overcoming routine behaviour: Context changes as facilitators for the adoption of transport innovations
Fact Sheet: innovations (66.2 KB)
Duration: till June 2007

Governance of global environmental change

Klimawandel zukunftsfähig gestalten – KLIMZUG-Nordhessen
Funded by the BMBF
Duration: August 2008 – July 2013
Contact: Prof. Dr. Christoph Görg

GoverNat – Multi-level Governance of Natural Resources: Tools and Processes for Biodiversity and Water Governance in Europe
Marie-Curie Research and Training Project of the European Commission
Duration: October 2006 − September 2010
Coordination: Dr. Felix Rauschmayer

Synergien und Konflikte von Anpassungsstrategien und -maßnahmen (SynKon)
(FZK 3709 41 126) for the Federal Environment Agency
Duration: November 2009 – December 2010
Contact: Dr. Silke Beck, Dr. Jana Bovet

New Publications of the Department

Albert, C., Aronson, J., Fürst, C., Opdam, P. (2014): Integrating ecosystem services in landscape planning – requirements, approaches, and impacts. Landscape Ecology 29, 1277-1285.

Albert, C., Neßhöver, C., Wittmer, H., Hinzmann, M., Görg, C. (2014): Sondierungsstudie für ein Nationales Assessment von Ökosystemen und ihren Leistungen für Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft in Deutschland. UFZ, with K. Grunewald, O. Bastian (IÖR), Leipzig.

Beck, S., Borie, M., Esguerra, A., Chilvers, J., Heubach, K., Hulme, M., Görg, C. Climate Change and the Assessment of Expert Knowledge (2014): Does the IPCC Model Need Updating?

Geden, O., Beck, S. (2014): Renegotiating the global climate stabilization target. Nature Climate Change 4, 747-748.

Görg, C., Spangenberg, J.H., Tekken, V., Settele, J. (2014): Engaging local knowledge in biodiversity research: experiences from large inter- and transdisciplinary projects. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 39 (4), in press.

Spangenberg, J.H., Görg, C., Truong, D.T., Tekken, V., Bustamante, J.V., Settele, J. (2014): Provision of ecosystem services is determined by human agency, not ecosystem functions. Four case studies. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management 10 (1), 40-53.

Griewald, Y., Rauschmayer, F. (2014): Exploring an environmental conflict from a capability perspective. Ecological Economics 100, 30-39.

Lessmann, O., Rauschmayer, F. (Eds.) (2014): The Capability Approach and Sustainability. Routledge, London.

Priess, J.A., Hauck, J. (2014): Integrative scenario development. Ecol. Soc. 19 (1), Art. 12.

Jäger, J., Rounsevell, M.D.A., Harrison, P.A., Omann, I., Dunford, R., Kammerlander, M., Pataki, G. (2014): Assessing policy robustness of climate change adaptation measures across sectors and scenarios. Climatic change.

Wittmayer, J.M., Schäpke, N., van Steenbergen, F., Omann, I. (2014): Making sense of sustainability transitions locally. How action research contributes to addressing societal challenges. Critical Policy Studies.