Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology
Prof. Dr. Dieter Rink
phone +49 341 235-1467
fax +49 341 235-45 1467
04318 Leipzig, Germany
The Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology is investigating interdependencies between social action and its different environments. Given the increasing importance of urbanization processes for global change, the department’s research focuses on connections between environmental change and the development of urban landscapes. An applied research focus takes special account of the ambiguous character of urbanization processes, being both the possible reason for and the potential solution to environmental problems.
The Network of Excellence LIAISE cordially invites to the dissemination conference on:
Impact Assessment for Sustainable Development: Knowledge Systems for the Future
1-2 April 2014, Brussels
As a European research consortium LIAISE investigated over the past 4.5 years the Impact Assessment (IA) practices in relation to Sustainable Development (SD). Specific attention was given to the question how the process of IA in various venues (i.e. nation states, supra national organizations and local organizations) is related to the processes of research and knowledge production.
In order to ensure the relevancy of research for societal decision making, the network will continue its efforts and provides services in the context of impact assessment for sustainable development. The mission of the network is outlined in the LIAISE Charter to be presented during the conference. At the conference, the guiding principles will be presented, commented and discussed in interactive sessions.
Invitation to the workshop "Energy Vulnerability in Europe"
By invitation of the European research Project EVALUATE (Energy Vulnerability an Urban Transitions), Dr. Katrin Großmann takes part in a workshop on Energy Vulnerability in Europe, to be helt in Brussels on Feb., 27th, 2014.
The Workshop is hosted by the DG Energy within the European Comission. Dr. Katrin Großmann will discusses the interlinkages between energy vulnerability of households and the socio-spatial segregation of cities. This contribution is based in conceptual and empirical work within the department.
Survey on „Flooding
Having distributed more than 2,000 questionnaires to households in flood-prone and/or affected areas in the Free State of Saxony at the end of 2013, we conducted a second survey round during the first two weeks in February. This time, the distribution of questionnaires focused on municipalities and towns in the region ‘Oberlausitz’ (Upper Lusatia) that have been severely hit by the 2010 flood. Furthermore, the residents of the City of Eilenburg are asked to share their experiences and opinions on flooding and flood protection. A total of 4,500 questionnaires have been handed out. Among other they contain questions on risk perception, flood protection and prevention measures as well as responsibilisation in flood risk management.
The survey is part of the EU-project emBRACE.
Survey of 10.000 households in Leipzig is getting started
From the end of January, on behalf of the City of Leipzig, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) realizes a postal household survey.
Under the heading „My decision to live in Leipzig”, 10.000 citizens who have recently moved to or within the city of Leipzig are asked for their participation and pleased to fill out a questionnaire.
The survey aims at analyzing, among other things, reasons for residents’ movements and the process of searching for a home in order to get deeper insights into recent patterns of residential satisfaction and planned relocations. The first results are expected in spring 2014.
LIAISE ADVOCATE TIMBRE Summer School 2014
In close cooperation of the EU projects LIAISE, ADVOCATE and TIMBRE scientists of the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology are organising a Summer School entitled "Building interdisciplinary tools for long-term contaminated site management" taking place from June 16-20, 2014 at UFZ-Leipzig.
Overview of the activities at the department
In the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology scientists from several social science disciplines cooperate. They conduct research about interactions between social actors and their environment. It is urgent and necessary to research these processes because of an increasing influence of urbanization processes and its impact for global change. These urbanization processes are seen as a possible reason for environmental problems (they are related to the development of urban landscape) and at the same time making an important contribution to the solution of these problems.
So the department is doing research to urgent challenges. The generation of action-oriented knowledge for a sustainable use of environmental resources is thus a top priority. According to this the departments’ research concentrates on analyzing the institutional circumstances and social acceptance of strategies in the field of environment policy in a local and regional context. Continuous exchange between the several practitioners from different political and administrative levels (e.g., via stakeholder-, neighbourhood- or expert-workshops, panel discussions, advisory opinions) provides for the application-orientation of the research work. Therefor the research of the department is settled between socio-economical dynamic of change and ecological design.
The department provides the opportunity of completing an internship of several weeks. Internships are offered within the frame of single projects. To guarantee an effective involvement please get informed about our current projects before applying. All project descriptions can be found on our homepage. To apply please send a cover letter giving precise information on your qualifications and availability as well as your CV and certificates to Bernadette Lier.
Internship places will be awarded according to the applicants' qualifications and our capacities. Internships are without payment. Please also note: Applications must be based on a prescribed placement for school students, a degree course, an internship prior to a degree programme, or some other form of basic or further training. Applicants keen to do an internship in order to improve their employment prospects need to submit a letter from their job centre indicating its approval.
Further possibilities of joining the UFZ as intern or student are listed here.