Interdisciplinary sustainability research, e.g., land-use or adaptation to climate change, is increasingly confronted with the difficulties of embracing complexity while building and testing theories that synthesize such complexity into actionable theories. Comparative case studies are frequently employed for this task. However, rigorous comparative approaches are yet frequently hampered by (i) a high heterogeneity of cases that limit generalization, and (ii) multiple epistemic perspectives (e.g. from institutional economics, geography or modelling) that are not easily integrated. In recent years, archetype analysis has been evolving as an approach to deal with this twofold challenge.
The summer school provided a cutting-edge introduction to archetype analysis by internationally leading experts. The approach was trained by hands-on applications, accompanied by an introduction to and training of suitable analytical methods (Qualitative Comparative Analysis or Cluster Analysis), and further developed. The educational event was hosted by IRI THESys in cooperation with the Resource Economics Group and the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems (WINS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The 2018 Summer School was organised by Prof. Dr. Klaus Eisenack.
The Interdisciplinary Dialogue created a common ground for water researchers from different perspectives and aimed at out-of-the-box thinking and productive knowledge exchange on water research. Three panellists including Jaime Linton, Head of the Chair of the Environmental Capital and Sustainable River Management at the GEOLAB at the Université de Limoges, Dörthe Tetzlaff Professor in Ecohydrology at the Geography Department of HU Berlin and the Head of the Department of Ecohydrology at the IGB Leibniz Institute, THESys Member Tobias Krüger set the scene for an interdisciplinary dialogue on how to operationalise the term water security.