Sustainability and Governance

Overview

The research group “Sustainability and Governance” undertakes research and provides evidence based policy advice on key issues in the area of sustainable economic development and on institutions and processes that are necessary for controlling and regulating such a development. Presently, the research group, which is based at RWI’s Berlin Office, participates in the Leibniz Research Alliance on Crises in a Globalized World, the interdisciplinary Science Academies’ project “Energy Systems of the Future” and the Research Seminar on Environment, Resource and Climate Economics (RSERC). There are also close cooperation links with the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN). The topical focus of the research group’s work follows the triad: “comprehension – evaluation – implementation”, which characterizes the field of sustainability research. Given the broad thematic spectrum of the sustainability concept, our research is limited to individual, well-defined questions, which are frequently addressed in the framework of internal and external co-operations. Starting from a profound understanding of economic sustainability, interdependencies with social and ecological requirements are being investigated. From a methodological point of view, RWI’s cross-divisional core competence in the field of (non-experimental) evaluation of economic policy measures is applied to sustainability research.

Background

Both in Germany and in other OECD countries, the concept of sustainability is increasingly regarded as the central paradigm in (economic) policy. The two pillars upon which the concept of comprehensive sustainability rests - the simultaneous consideration of economic, social and ecological aspects in the ongoing policy process on the one hand and a greater emphasis on analyses that relate to the future on the other hand - will certainly entail a future shift in the research-based analysis of political challenges. Subject-specific research is increasingly complemented by trans-disciplinary research. Motivated by the grand societal issues of our times, socially robust knowledge is, thus, generated through interdisciplinary research work (integrating social and natural sciences) and trans-disciplinary cooperation (integrating political, economic and civic decision makers). RWI is prepared to meet this challenge across the institute’s research divisions but in particular by the newly established research group “Sustainability and Governance”.

 

Team

Dr. Nils aus dem Moore

Dr. Nils aus dem Moore

Forschungsgruppenleiter
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Dr. Steffen Elstner

Dr. Steffen Elstner

Researcher
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Katja Fels

Katja Fels

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Philipp Großkurth

Philipp Großkurth

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Thorben Korfhage

Thorben Korfhage

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Annekathrin Schoofs

Annekathrin Schoofs

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Michael Themann

Michael Themann

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Claudia Schmiedchen

Claudia Schmiedchen

Project Assistant
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Assoziierte Team-Mitglieder

Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt

Prof. Dr. Christoph M. Schmidt

Researcher
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