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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

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Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems

In the future, 9 billion people will need to find new paths toward a sustainable global future. A comprehensive transformation is required to address impacts of global climate and land-use change, a dramatic loss in biodiversity, and increasing inequality of distribution; how we will achieve this transformation is not yet clear. The core aims of IRI THESys are therefore a better understanding of these phenomena from a multi-disciplinary perspective uniting the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, and the embedding of interdisciplinary findings in discourses about the future viability of life on Earth.

The IRI THESys combines quantitative and qualitative research methods and empirical and normative research approaches to better understand complex human-environment systems. It provides a platform for cooperation between scientists from various disciplines and departments of the Humboldt-Universität and regional, national and international partner institutions, who collaborate to solve interdisciplinary research questions related to land- and resource-use, urbanization in the 21st century, climate change impacts and intra- and intergenerational environmental justice.

Image Map The IRI THESys actively promotes the advancement of young scientists through its interdisciplinary junior research groups and a cross-faculty graduate program and supports the dialogue between science and civil society through public activities such as lecture series, summer universities and exhibitions. IRI THESys is hosting the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS) and the student-driven Nachhaltigkeitsbüro at HU. In summary, the institute supports sustainability not only in research, but also in innovation and exchange.

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