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

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

Behaviour-related environmental 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

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

New Publications of the Department

Lövbrand, E., Beck, S., Chilvers, J., Forsyth, T., Hedrén, J., Hulme, M., Lidskog, R, Vasileiadou, E. (2015): Taking the human (sciences) seriously: Realizing the critical potential of the Anthropocene. Global Environmental Change 32, 211-218.

Beck, S., Forsyth, T. (2015): Democratizing Global Assessments: the IPCC and adaption. In: Hilgartner, S. et al. (eds.): Science and Democracy. Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond. London: Routledge.

Geden, O., Beck, S. (2015): Klimapolitik am Scheideweg. Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte 31-32/2015, 12-18.

Masson, T., Centgraf, S., Rauschmayer, F. (2015): Mitglieder-Zuwachspotenzial für Energiegenossenschaften in Deutschland? Zeitschrift für das gesamte Genossenschaftswesen 65, 191-208.

Leßmann, O., Masson, T. (2015): Sustainable consumption in capability perspective: Operationalization and empirical illustration. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics 57, 64-72.

Kammerlander, M., Schanes, K., Hartwig, F., Jäger, J., Omann, I., O'Keefe, M. (2015): A resource-efficient and sufficient future mobility system for improved well-being in Europe. European Journal of Futures Research 3:8. DOI 10.1007/s40309-015-0065-x.

Rauschmayer, F., Bauler, T., Schäpke, N. (2015): Towards a thick understanding of sustainability transitions — Linking transition management, capabilities and social practices. Ecological Economics 109, 211-221.

Rauschmayer, F., Omann, I. (2015): Well-being in sustainability transitions: making use of needs. In: Syse, K.L., Mueller, M.L. (eds.): Sustainable consumption and the good life: interdisciplinary perspectives. Abingdon: Routledge, 111-125.

Rode, J., Gómez-Baggethun, E., Krause, T. (2015): Motivation crowding by economic incentives in conservation policy: A review of the empirical evidence. Ecological Economics, in press.

Rode, J., Le Menestrel, M., van Wassenhove, L., Simon, A. (2015): Ethical Analysis for Evaluating Sustainable Business Decisions: The Case of Environmental Impact Evaluation in the Inambari Hydropower Project. Sustainability 7, 10343-10364.

Partzsch, L., Weiland, S. (eds.) (2015): Macht und Wandel in der Umweltpolitik. Sonderband der Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 26.

Weiland, S., Partzsch, L. (2015): Zum Nexus von Macht und Wandel. Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft 26, 225-235.

Adelle, C., Weiland, S. (2015): Sustainability assessment at the policy level. In: Morrison-Saunders, A. et al. (eds.): Handbook of Sustainability Assessment. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 103-124.