Development of organically bred fruit varieties in community-based initiatives
Under the coordination of Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner, a new natural and social science research network will investigate how sustainable regional fruit growing can be ensured, how innovative ecological breeding concepts can be developed and how access to the resulting apple or pear varieties can be kept open. The focus will be on the development of ecologically bred fruit varieties in regional cultivation and the use of the great genetic diversity of old and special apple and pear varieties in Lower Saxony.
The project aims to make research contributions to the ecological development of varieties in sustainable apple cultivation and to carry out ecological-economic and ethical evaluations and assess marketing potential. The findings on breeding strategy and marketing are also transferable to other pome fruit varieties and will be transferred as far as possible to breeding projects in this field (e.g. pears).
The project partners are mainly interested in further developing old and special apple and pear varieties, which are often characterised by a high genetic diversity. One focus of breeding will be on vitality and resistance to the scab-causing fungus Venturia inaequalis. The resulting new varieties should be cultivatable with fewer pesticides, developed for the benefit of the public good and consequently usable as a common good.
- The development association "Saat:gut e.V." with its project "Apfel:gut" (Apple:good) as well as the testing and consulting ring "Öko-Obstbau Norddeutschland" (ÖON) will be responsible for practical breeding.
- In addition, the inclusion of the Botanical Garden of the University of Oldenburg as a breeding garden for apples will add a scientific institution to the network of apple breeders.
- The state government of Lower Saxony is supporting the three-year project with 564,000 euros from the Volkswagen Foundation's Lower Saxony advance funding.
- The research network is one of a total of five projects that the state government is funding to strengthen sustainable agricultural production from 2017.
sustainable energy supply lower saxony
Subproject 2: Transformation of energy systems as social diffusion
The object of diffusion research is the dissemination of innovations. The concept of innovation includes not only a technical but also a social dimension. Changes in individual behaviour and organisational innovations can be understood and investigated as innovations.
On the technical level, the relevant elements of the transformation of the energy system in Lower Saxony include, for example, facilities for energy production, information systems and efficiency innovations. On the social level, consumer patterns of action with regard to energy demand, the use of information systems and prosumer activities (such as investments in small-scale energy production plants) are of particular importance.
Within the framework of the sub-project, possible transformation paths of energy supply are presented and evaluated from this perspective. On the macro level, this includes a description of the diffusion system, its actors and dependencies. On the micro level, the individual course of takeover decisions is examined.
On this basis, concepts for action can then be developed for shaping the non-technical framework conditions for the transformation of the energy system in Lower Saxony.
Prof. Dr. Christian Busse
Information about the project can be found here.
Development of training modules for municipalities for the use of GIS-based instruments for adaptation to climate change
Since the adoption of the Adaptation Action Plan, knowledge about climate adaptation and the information basis for creating promising strategies for action at the local and regional level has improved significantly. Nevertheless, there is a considerable deficit in communicating these results from within the model regions and model municipalities. The area-wide implementation of the knowledge gained in municipal planning practice and also the application of the diverse analysis and evaluation tools developed and tested in the research projects is often only making slow progress. Small and medium-sized municipalities and cities in particular have neither the financial nor the personnel capacities to keep themselves continuously informed about current developments, to build up appropriate adaptation capacities and to develop and implement their own adaptation strategies.
Aims of the project:
- Compilation of central GIS-based tools and services for regional and municipal practice
- Survey of requirements and criteria for a further training offer for climate adaptation for spatial, regional and urban land use planners, municipal decision makers and administrative staff
- Target group-specific processing of the available information and findings
- Development of a didactic educational and counselling concept
- Development and establishment of an information platform
- Implementation of the contents in offline and online further education offers and concepts
- Testing and evaluation of the concepts
- Development of business and verification models
In the project, PIN is responsible in particular for the development of business models for the consolidation of the further education offers.
Duration: 05.2017 - 11.2018
Arbeitsgruppe für regionale Struktur und Umweltforschung (ARSU) GmbH
- Arbeitsgruppe für regionale Struktur und Umweltforschung (ARSU) GmbH
- Center für lebenslanges Lernen, Universität Oldenburg
- GeoDok GmbH
- Ecco Unternehmensberatung GmbH
- apl. Professur für Innovationsmanagement und Nachhaltigkeit, Universität Oldenburg
Project Management Agency:
Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)
Förderung von Maßnahmen zur Anpassung an den Klimawandel
Network for Joint Fuel Cell Research with Estonia
The aim of the NETonia-project is to promote the cooperation between Germany and Estonia via bilateral exchanges and with the central point of establishing the NETonia Joint Exchange and Networking Platform for sharing scientific data. The goal is to intensify the cooperation between German and Estonian research organizations for fuel cell research. Fuel cells are expected to play an important role as efficient energy converter in a sustainable energy supply. In the NETonia project, novel electrocatalytically active, durable and cost effective functionalized graphene-based catalysts will be synthesized that are needed for high performance and long-term durability of fuel cell systems.
Funding body: BMBF
Reference number: 01DS16011B
Project duration: 01.04.2016 bis 31.03.2018
Universität Oldenburg (Lead: Technische Chemie – Prof. Wark; link: https://uol.de/tc-wark/ )
NEXT ENERGY - EWE Research Centre for Energy Technology; (link: http://www.next-energy.de/en/ )
University of Tartu (Estonia)
StartUp4Climate - A new initiative for green start-ups
StartUp4Climate is the world's first national start-up initiative for a green, low-carbon economy. Its goal is to mobilize the potential of new start-ups for climate mitigation in Germany. This will allow previously unexploited potential for decarbonization to be tapped.
StartUp4Climate develops and tests new incentive systems and tools for planning start-ups, carries out measures for awareness-raising, qualification, and consulting, and supports networking and exchange of start-up consultants, business development promoters, investors, financial supporters, and universities.
Within the framework of the initiative, the team around Professor Klaus Fichter is tasked with identifying concrete starting points for increased integration of climate mitigation and sustainability requirements within the system of incentives for start-ups, thus creating the basis for further work packages. In addition, the team is to work out a concept for developing sustainable business models and develop suitable qualification modules for disseminating the concept. The university is also responsible for introducing and disseminating the Sustainable Business Canvas at universities, important disseminators involved in training entrepreneurs, in business incubators, at organizations consulting to and providing support for economic development, as well as other platforms.
Project duration: Juli 2013 - June 2016
Funding: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety as well as "Nationale Klimaschutzinitiative" (National Climate Protection Initiative)
Main project partners:
- Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability
- ADT - German Association of Innovation, Technology and Business Incubation Centres
- University of Oldenburg, Innovation Management and Sustainability
Project management and contact:
- apl. Prof. Klaus Fichter (
- Dr. Irina Tiemann (
Developing a climate adaptation concept for Kornkraft Naturkost GmbH
The Kornkraft Naturkost GmbH is a wholesale company in the food industry. The impact of climate change relates to the company in different respects:
- Increased cooling demand due to increased heat days
- Increasing vulnerability of the company during power outages caused by extreme weather events
- Extreme weather in the growing areas of the supplier causes delivery problems
In the project EkaKorn the company-specific opportunities and risks of climate change impacts will be systematically identified, recommendations derived and integrated into the business strategy. All business divisions as well as regional suppliers and customers should be integrated in order to develop an adequate adaptation concept for the entire value chain.
Another component of the project is the realization of a feasibility study for a climate-adapted heating and cooling management for the business location.
The PIN team supports the work packages: vulnerability analysis, identification of needs for action on the basis of scenarios, development of an integrated climate change adaptation concept.
Duration: 01.01.2016 - 30.06.2017
Project Leader: Kornkraft Naturkost GmbH, Nina Schritt
University Oldenburg: Dr. Karsten Hurrelmann
Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
Adaption to climate change - concept of HanseGrand
Hanse Grand is a medium-sized company, which is active in the business areas of water permeable path and road construction (unbound and bound), soil de-sealing, storm water management and coastal and flood protection. The building materials, developed and sold by the company, are of great importance for the runoff of rainwater, the water retention in the soil and thus the suitability of materials for hot and dry, but also particularly, rainy situations. Hanse Grand can therefore offer solutions for adaptation to climate change for different actors in the fields of civil engineering, water resources, coastal and marine protection, soil, agriculture and forestry, transport and transport infrastructure.
Within the project will be tested if and how Hanse Grand is prepared for the current and future business challenges of climate change and what strategy processes must be initiated in the near future. Here, the emphasis is placed both on the entrepreneurial opportunities through the development of new building materials and construction concepts, as well as to avoid risks in their own business activities. A vulnerability analysis will be the basis for the development of an appropriate climate adaptation concept of the recent value-added processes.
The aim of this project is the systematic identification of company-specific opportunities and risks of climate change impacts in order to derive recommendations for action and to integrate into the corporate strategy. Further on there should be implemented first steps for feasibility in product development while customers should be involved in this process.
Duration: 01.03.2016 - 31.08.2017
Project leader: Hansegrand, Hans Pape
University Oldenburg: ad. Prof. Klaus Fichter
Funded by: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)
SHIFT - Promotion Systems for Sustainability Business Start-ups
Align business start-up support: The project examines the current support for sustainable business start-ups and new business in the field of environmental technologies and "green" products and services. The research centers on the support and funding opportunities offered by universities, innovation centers and business incubators, business promotion agencies, financial institutions and other conveyors available along the business life cycle, from the initial business idea to market success. One main question is to what extent these funding opportunities are likely to meet the special requirements of "green" start-ups needs.
The research team led by ad. Prof. Fichter analyzes the state and the change of support systems in three European countries (Finland, Germany and Sweden) and their linkage to the EU level. For a better understanding, best practice examples and case studies from other countries with highly developed systems of start-up support will be involved, such as U.S. and Israel.
Research key question: What needs to be changed in the field of founding and innovation promotion in order to effectively support the implementation of sustainability innovations in successful businesses?
Aim: Create a paradigm shift in the start-up support for sustainability innovations. Expected project results are concrete and realistic recommendations to the relevant actors (politics, universities, incubators and technology centers, etc.).
Project duration: February 2012 - January 2016
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of "Eco - Innovera ", an European ERA- network (European Research Area) to support research, innovation and "green" technologies (http://www.eco-innovera.eu).
- University of Oldenburg
- Linköping University, Sweden
- Aalto University School of Art and Design, Finnland
Project management and contact:
- apl. Prof. Klaus Fichter ()
- Dr. Irina Tiemann ()
Aim: The overarching aim of EnGeno – a joint research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research – is to assess and describe the transformative potential of ECs within the energy system as a whole at the level of staff (employees), organisational structure and the energy system itself as well as to devise and, in specific cases, to use and disseminate information and advisory material.
The project analyses how cooperative-based energy initiatives emerge (motivations, opportunity structures and obstacles), how they are stabilised (management processes and processes of co-evolution among different organisations) and how they spread (their diffusion within society) – in other words, the conditions influencing their economic viability, institutional structure and broader integration. To this end, attention will be given equally to the interests represented by potential participants (individual and collective) in ECs, management processes within the cooperatives and their institutional setting within the energy system as a whole.
Project duration: May 2013 - April 2016
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
- Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg
- Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig
- Institute Decentralised Energy Technologies (IdE), Kassel
- Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pfriem
- apl. Prof. Dr. Niko Paech
Contact: Dr. Irene Antoni-Komar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chameleon - Adaptation to climate change in the utility sector – analysis and development of options for business and political action
The power supply system and the transport sector are highly sensitive to climate conditions. Thus both sectors are vulnerable to extreme weather phenomena and rising temperatures. The project Chameleon aimed at giving an accurate and differentiated account of the multiple consequences of climate change faced by the two sectors. Available options for adaptation for the key actors in these sectors have been analysed and described.
The inter- and transdisciplinary project Chameleon combined a portfolio of qualitative and quantitative methods in order to cover the multi-layered object of research: In-depth company case studies were conducted by interviewing corporate partners. These case studies allowed drawing a picture of organizational involvement with the new issue of adaptation to climate change. These results were embedded in a broad survey with companies from energy and transport sector. Extended meta-studies and the analyses of policy fields are further examples of the qualitative methods used in the project. To obtain quantitative data, simulation models allowed analysing the impact of extreme weather events on the power system. Furthermore analytical models were used to examine the incentives for corporate adaptation set by regulation of network infrastructures. Stakeholder dialogues for the energy and transport sector provided a platform for an intensive discussion with corporate partners and stakeholders of the utility sector. An important contribution to the international research on adaptation to climate change was provided by the Research Workshop Barriers of Adaptation.
The utility and transport sector show scattered approaches in business and regulating policy which may, explicitly or implicitly, support climate change adaptation. Given the existing regulatory framework, the adaptation of the long-lived infrastructures in these two sectors will most likely advance at low pace. While the utility sector can appropriately adapt to medium-term climate change through technical knowledge and methods of risk management, it is necessary to further develop the regulatory framework to support the adjustment of long-lived infrastructure. Regulation should pursue the goal of a long-term climate-resilient design of the utility sector. Otherwise the incentives given by existing regulatory framework can lead to significant mismatches.
Climate change is not recognized as a new quality of environmental risks. Instead key actors believe to be adequately prepared for climate change by using existing methods of risk assessment and complying with existing technical standards. The project Chameleon concludes, that the orienting function of technical standards could be used to advance adaptation in the energy and transport sector. For that purpose, norms and technical standards must be designed more dynamical and responsive. Unclear responsibilities and a strong focus on efficiency are further obstacles in the adaptation of businesses and institutions to climate change.
Climate change impacts are a new area of concern which often cannot be met adequately in existing organizational structures. In order to meet these new challenges, it is necessary to include and take into account new types of information and uncertainties and to redefine and to redistribute responsibilities. This calls for organizational changes in public authorities as well as in the supply sector, both of which cannot necessarily be carried out in the required pace. It is becoming apparent that in the coming years the international research on adaptation to climate change will undergo revision. Actors and governance-related analyses are expected to be a strong focus of the research on adaptation. The project ‘Chameleon’ has contributed to the development of this new scientific agenda.
Project team: Eisenack, Klaus; Hoffmann, Esther; Marscheider, Nils; Pechan, Anna; Stecker, Rebecca; Steinhäuser, Micha; Richter, Lydia; Rotter, Maja
Project ended: 30.09.2014
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pfriem
Assistant: Dipl. oec. Hedda Schattke
Project Duration: Oct. 2006 – Sep. 2011
Funding: Ministry for Science and Culture of the State of Lower Saxony
Project Management and Project Team: Bernd Siebenhüner, Ottmar Edenhofer, Anthony Patt, Volker Barth, Michael Pahle, Nico Bauer
Project Duration: 2007-2010
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Abstract: As a rule, people act differently than the theory of the so-called homo oeconomicus would predict – this according to recent research results from behavioural economics. This includes for example time preference, or self-assessment of one’s own abilities. The present project examines whether such deviations can also be observed for corporate decision-making. Concretely, long-term investments in the electric power sector have been examined empirically. They play an important role in the development of climate protection strategies.
The goal of the project is to use these empirical results for the improvement of evaluation models, from which sound recommendations for climate policy can be derived.
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Christoph Böhringer and Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Pethig (University of Siegen)
Project Duration: Autumn 2008 - autumn 2010
Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG), two doctoral candidate positions for three years
Abstract: Central to the present research project is the allocative appraisal of the overlapping of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) with such other environmental policy instruments as emissions taxation, subsidies for renewable energies, or efficiency standards. Structured in three work packages, the goal of the research project is to examine both the static and the dynamic efficiency aspects of the interaction of the EU ETS with:
- overlapping emissions-reducing taxes
- overlapping measures for the promotion of renewable energies, and
- overlapping measures for the promotion of energy efficiency.
An analysis adequate to the problem requires that the framework conditions of environmental policy be taken into account: The project therefore evaluates regulatory overlapping not only in an idealised (first best) frame of reference, but has also incorporated existing allocation distortions (fiscal taxation, imperfection of goods and labour markets) and multiple economic policy goals into the investigation.
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pfriem, Prof. Dr. Heinz Welsch
Project Co-ordination: Dr. Irene Antoni Komar
Project Team: PD Dr. Ralf Antes, Dr. Julia von Berlichingen, Prof. Dr. Klaus Fichter, Dip. oec. Jan Kühling, Prof. Dr. Marco Lehmann-Waffenschmidt, Dr. Cornelia Lehmann-Waffenschmidt, PD Dr. Martin Müller, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Witt, Dip. oec. Julia Sophie Woersdorfer
Project duration: March 2007 to Feb. 2010
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research, research topic area “Economics Sciences for Sustainability”
Partners: University of Dresden, Max Planck Institute for Economics
Abstract: Economics approaches to sustainability are to be elaborated, and sustainable consumption perspectives developed. The theoretical approaches are to be analysed from the point of view of the extent to which they can explain the barriers and the acceptance factors for sustainable consumption. Moreover, research questions are to be derived which are to be empirically handled in the practical fields of “private energy consumption” and “food”. In the practical field of private energy consumption, concrete action recommendations for key stakeholders and dissemination networks are to be developed which can contribute to a reduction of energy consumption and an increase in the use of renewable energies in particular regions. In the practical field of food, too, recommendations for concrete action by key stakeholders and change alliances are to be developed to contribute to an increase in the market share of ecological, regional and fair traded products.
Five relevant but quite different approaches to sustainable consumption are to be applied to the two empirical fields and the associated field measurement studies for purposes of theoretical conceptualisation of sustainable consumption, and enriched by means of further processing of theoretical and empirical investigations.
Information on the project: www.wenke2.de
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pfriem
Project Staff: Dipl. oec. Hedda Schattke
Project Duration: Oct. 2006 – Oct. 2009
Funding: Lower Saxon State Ministry for Science and Culture
Abstract: The Oldenburg project is one of a total of nine interdisciplinary subprojects in the research complex Agricultural and Food Sciences of Lower Saxony (FAEN), the goal of which is the development a new model for the production of animal fodder in Lower Saxony which would appropriately take into account the economic, ecological and social aspects of sustainability. Our focus is on the existing communications and marketing strategies of Lower Saxon meat producing companies, which are to be improved with regard to their communications for sustainable corporate performance. Both on the supplier and on the consumer sides, a comprehensive understanding is to be gained as to which marketing attempts by the companies could serve to open the way for a new sustainable food culture. The investigations are to address not only Lower Saxon companies, but also international companies, with the aid of which local companies can learn via benchmarking to develop a marketing strategy which can highlight the components of food culture and food quality more successfully than has hitherto been the case.
Project management and project team: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (Yannis Mylopoulos); ESCi University, Spain (Pere Fullana); Institute Jozef Stefan, Slovenia (Saso Dzeroski); University of Oldenburg, Germany (Jorge Marx Gómez); Sts. Cyril and Methodius University; FYRO Macedonia (Danco Davcev, Vladimir Trajkovik)
Project period: 2007 – Aug. 2009
Funding: EU (Tempus Programme)
Abstract: The project will contribute to the reform of content, teaching methodologies, and the structure of the university studies in ecosystem Informatics at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, in accordance with the Bologna Declaration. Its main objectives are itemised below:
- To develop a new, up-to-date, two-year undergraduate curriculum in ecosystem informatics at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, based on the European Credit Transfer System, and in accordance with the Bologna Declaration, aimed at establishing a European Higher Education Area.
- To establish a master’s degree course of study based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in Ecosystem Informatics which is to be implemented jointly by the Sts. Cyril and Methodius University, FYRO Macedonia, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, the University of Oldenburg, Germany, the Institute Jozef Stefan, Slovenia, and the ESCi University, Spain.
- To develop and implement online learning modules. This will allow the establishment of new learning environments, as well as methods and procedures for more efficient educational process, better suited to the students’ needs. More precisely, during the design phase of the new curriculum, priority will be given to the so-called “blended” educational concept, that is, a combination of both classical educational methods through the direct contact between the teacher and the student, and the Distance Online Learning methodology.
- To disseminate the project outcomes. Dissemination will be achieved through the project web-site, informative sessions in each project year, and peer reviews in order to inform the academic community and the non-consortium policy-makers about project progress, as well as the quality control of the project results.
- To ensure the sustainability of the new curriculum. The sustainability of the newly designed curriculum will be achieved through the establishment of adequate financial and institutional coverage. This will be guaranteed by the financing the corresponding environmental and resources engineering studies at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius University.
- To ensure quality control and monitoring.
Project Management and Project Team: Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (Jorge Marx Gómez), CUJAE, Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echeverría, Havana, Cuba (Prof. Dr. Rafael Espin Andrade), Universidad Central Marta Abreu de Las Villas, Santa Clara, Cuba (Dr. Carlos Pérez Risquet), Universidad de Chile, Santiago de Chile (Dr. Richard Weber), Universidad National de San Juan, Argentina (Prof. Dr. Maria Ines Lecich)
Project duration: March 2008 – Dec. 2008 (total duration 4 years)
Funding: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
Abstract: The Marta Abreu University in Las Villas, Cuba, the Havana University of Technology, Cuba, and the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg have for several years been engaged in further developing their cooperative effort in the areas of informatics and business informatics. An international master’s course of studies in Business Informatics on the German model is being built up in cooperation with the Cuban partner universities. On the basis of this cooperative effort, the possibility for its further development by means of the introduction of a master’s course of studies in business environmental informatics according to the example of the course of studies of the College of Technology and Economics in Berlin has now emerged. The university network has now been expanded to include two additional Latin American universities, the university of Santiago de Chile and the National University of San Juan, Argentina. Inter-university agreements already exist between the Latin American universities. The required courses in the context of the master’s course of studies are being conducted by professors of all participating universities, and the students are supervised jointly. The project supported by the German Academic Exchange Service has a duration of four years, and ends in December 2011.
Project Management and Project Team: Heinz Welsch, Tobias Menz
Project Duration: Aug. 2006 – July 2008
Funding: German Research Foundation (DFG)
Abstract: The goal of the project is to investigate what influence demographic change in Industrial countries will have on societal preferences regarding environmental quality. Particularly to be investigated is the question as to whether different age groups have different preferences with regard to environmental quality. The methodological procedure is based on the happiness approach, which has become a recognised instrument for economists in recent years. Here, data on subjective well-being (happiness, life satisfaction) are examined for statistical links to demographic, societal and economic conditions. By using income, pollution and age as explanatory variables in happiness regressions, the age-specific valuation of the quality of the environment is to be measured. In connection with forecasts on age distribution, the future development of the utility of environmental quality is to be investigated.
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pfriem
Team: Dipl. oec. Christian Lautermann, Dipl. oec. Jürgen Sackbrook, Dipl. oec. Roberto Lavorgna
Project Duration: Sep. 2007 - May 2008
Funding: Volkswagen Automobile College, Wolfsburg
Abstract: The study gives a practice oriented overview of the state of the art in the CSR discourse, and provides a comparative industry-specific and reputation analysis, as well as suggestions on the further development of the Volkswagen Group.
Project Management and Project Team: Prof. Dr. Karin Rebmann, Dipl. Hdl. Verena Kehl, Dipl. Hdl. Tobias Schlömer
Project Duration: August 2006 through February 2008
Funding: European Social Fund, State of Lower Saxony
Abstract: Development and testing of a further education concept with small companies from the tourist industry.
Project Management: Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pfriem, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Raabe
Project Coordination: Dr. Irene Antoni-Komar
Project Team: Dip. oec. Andreas Behrends, Dip. Soz. Report. Tanja Hüsken, Dip. oec. Troph. Gerda Mülder, Dip. Soz. Päd. Veronika Nölle, Prof. Dr. Achim Spiller, Dip. oec. Karsten Uphoff, Dr. Anke Zühlsdorf
Project Duration: July 2003 - Aug. 2007
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Abstract: Using the example of the region of East Frisia, the project dealt with the question of how a change in dietary practices might succeed in establishing a sustainable food culture based on regional, seasonal and sustainably produced food, and combining resource and climate protection, social justice, economic stability and individual well-being. The project, expressly designed as an intensive action research project, is closely meshed with the theoretical grasping of the field of food culture with the goal of implementing impulses for the development of a sustainable food culture for the region of East Frisia, by means of a number of both individually referenced and supply structural interventions. By interpretation of food culture and intervention in everyday practice by means of strengthening the cultural competences, abilities and skills of the people, a sustainable food culture that was open to the future was to be designed, and the change permanently institutionalised through regional network building.
To this end, cooperative efforts were set up with the food cultural stakeholders of the region in agricultural direct marketing, the restaurant trade, the food retail trade, and in schools and private homes – both on the supply and on the demand side. In addition, actions were carried out in the public forum, in which various stakeholders were involved. Unlike numerous other studies which have remained limited to the food behaviour level, the present research project made an attempt to recognise the relevance of social practice as a culture creating process, and to develop approaches for a performative theory of food culture.
Project Management and Project Team: Bernd Siebenhüner, Esther Hoffmann, Thomas Beschorner, Volker Barth, Marlen Arnold, Torsten Behrens, Karin Vogelpohl
Project Duration: 2002-2007
Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Abstract: Global climate change highlights the necessity for a socio-ecological transformation of society. In order to spark and design the necessary changes in production and consumption patterns, and due to the limited possibilities for regulation and intervention by the state, comprehensive learning processes are necessary among a large number of societal stakeholders. In the research project Social Learning and Sustainability, social, sustainability relevant learning processes are observed in the central societal areas relevant to climatic change mobility; construction & housing, information & communications, at three levels:
- Organisational level: Examination of intra-organisational learning process for sustainable development in companies.
- Societal level: Examination of inter-organisational contexts and the institutionalisation of sustainability in the need fields from which a societal perspective can be developed.
- Process level: Investigation and practical testing of participatory learning processes (particularly product development processes) for the emergence of sustainable innovations.
The correlation between intra-organisational and inter-organisational learning processes as well as the reflection of the significance of participatory product development proceedings for sustainable development is created by reference to various economic and social-scientific organisational and institutional theories.
Project Management: Martin Müller, Andreas Dally
Project Duration: Jan. 2004 - Dec. 2006
Funding: DBU (German Federal Environmental Foundation)
Abstract: The goal of the project was to discuss the debate around the chemical regulation REACH in an interdisciplinary context, and prepare it (together with the Protestant Academy of Loccum).