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Research Groups

To evolve excellent research on specific topics, see our Research Groups.

Transformations of land-water systems

 

Tensions between supply of and multiple demands for land and water will increasingly join up urban and rural environments and communities, developing and developed economies, and bring about profound challenges of human and national security, democracy and justice. How best then to achieve an integrated understanding of these complex interrelations? How best to deal with uncertainties and the need to adapt when managing these systems? How best to enable stakeholder deliberations around local solutions to global problems? What is risk and what is sustainability in the face of epistemic or lack-of-knowledge uncertainty?

Research group leader

Prof. Dr. Tobias Krüger
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66342
tobias.krueger@hu-berlin.de

Changing urban-rural linkages 

 

The intertwinement of environmental, societal and cultural dynamics as well as the global and local and rural and urban will constitute the main theoretical focus of the Research Group (RG). Empirically the RG will concentrate on changing urban-rural linkages across the world. Peri-urban settlements, urban gardening, and sustainable cities constitute topics which the group will engage with. A central hypothesis of the RG is that such phenomena cannot be understood as either urban or rural, social or environmental, or global or local, but rather as sites where the boundaries between such categories dissolve.

Research group leader

Prof. Dr. Jonas Østergaard Nielsen
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66341
jonas.ostergaard.nielsen@hu-berlin.de

Economic and environmental ethics

 

The research group Global challenges in economic and environmental ethics investigates problems arising from economic and environmental change using the methods of contemporary political philosophy and normative ethics. It has three objectives. First, to address hitherto neglected questions of global economic justice, including questions of justice in finance and monetary governance. Second, to examine central challenges that arise in environmental ethics, including the question of how to balance effectiveness and justice in dealing with climate change. Third, to systematically investigate foundational and applied issues at the intersection of economic and environmental change, including the normative assessment of various policy instruments and response strategies under conditions of non-compliance, uncertainty, and ‘fragmented agency’.

Research group leader

Prof. Dr. Gabriel Wollner
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66339
gabriel.wollner@hu-berlin.de

Innovative sustainable land management

 

Developing relevant knowledge for managing complex innovation processes requires a transdisciplinary approach to bridge the gap between science and practice. By reference to two local examples the research group Management of integrative innovation processes investigates new institutional and regional coordination forms for sustainable land management in order to develop sustainable solutions for global challenges.

Research group leader

Dr. Bettina König
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-46333
bettina.koenig@agrar.hu-berlin.de
 

Urban Infrastructures and human-environment relations

 

Urban infrastructures – understood as sociotechnical configurations – form multiple interfaces in human-environment systems. By virtue of the work they perform in mediating between resource providers and consumers, between the city and nature or between urban settlements and their increasingly global hinterlands, they are critical to social-ecological relations in general and sustainability transitions in particular. This research group investigates past and current transitions in energy and water infrastructures, focussing on the Berlin region, to reveal how they reflect and reproduce the multiple geographies, power relations and socio-materialities of a city. 


Research group leader

Prof. Dr. Timothy Moss
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66436
timothy.moss@hu-berlin.de