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21.08.2014

Social-Ecological Research (SOEF)

Pusteblume und fliegende Samen vor blauem Himmel
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The establishment of the funding prirority Social-Ecological Research (SÖF) marked the transition from environmental research to sustainability research within the BMBF...


What has to happen to get consumers to apply their knowledge on sustainable consumption to their everyday shopping habits? Which population groups are most affected by the consequences of anthropogenic climate change and the necessary adaptation strategies? Does the withdrawal of the public sector from the fields of water, electricity and gas supply harbour risks with regard to social justice and environmental protection, or does it open up more scope for sustainable action?

The "Social-Ecological Research" funding priority is characterized by the interdisciplinary pooling of knowledge to provide scientific contributions to solving concrete social problems of sustainability. As a rule, this requires interdisciplinary cooperation between researchers in the natural and the social sciences. As these are problems of everyday life, research must look beyond the science system and take into account the expert knowledge which exists in practice (transdisciplinarity). All societal stakeholders – consumers, municipalities, companies and civil society – are therefore involved in the research process in different ways. The objective is sustainable development, i.e. the ecological modernization of society without neglecting mankind’s desire for social justice and prosperity. This is a highly complex task which is at the top of the Federal Government's research agenda.

 

  • Social-Ecological Research (SOEF) - Teaserfoto
    Funding Measure
    01.04.2009
    31.12.2014

    Social Dimensions of Climate Change and Climate Protection

    The topic "Social Dimensions of Climate Change and Climate Protection" addresses an area of social concern that is hugely topical. To this end, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding 12 projects. more
    (URL: /en/9874)
  • Roter Schalter neben einer Steckdose
    Funding Measure
    01.01.2008
    31.12.2013

    Sustainable Consumption

    The establishment of the funding prirority Social-Ecological Research (SÖF) marked the transition from environmental research to sustainability research within the BMBF...

    more
    (URL: /en/9876)
  • Sustainable Consumption - Teaserfoto
    Funding Measure
    01.01.2008
    31.12.2014

    Junior Research Groups

    Targeted funding of thematic, interdisciplinary junior research groups opens up the opportunity for young researchers to acquire additional academic qualification in the field of inter- and transdisciplinary research. more
    (URL: /en/9880)
  • Schild Energiewende, Fossile Brennstoffe
    Funding Measure
    21.12.2011
    30.06.2017

    Transformation of the energy system

    Since 2013, BMBF has provided some €30 million to 33 research consortia whose work focuses on shaping the energy switch in Germany. These projects aim to tackle current problems with future-proof solutions and aid the transformation of the ... more
    (URL: /en/15980)

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    (URL: /en/15981)

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Publications

  • The Nature of Sustainable Consumption and How to Achieve it

    The Nature of Sustainable Consumption and How to Achieve it
    SÖF, 468 pages
    Link
    (URL: http://www.oekom.de/buecher/buchreihen/soef/buch/the-nature-of-sustainable-consumption-and-how-to-achieve-it.html)


  • Climate Protection Demands Action

    Climate Protection Demands Action
    BMBF, 40 pages
    Download 3,46 MB
    (URL: http://www.bmbf.de/pub/climate_protection_demands_action.pdf)


  • Understanding – Evaluating – Shaping

    Understanding – Evaluating – Shaping
    SÖF, 11 pages
    Download 544 KB
    (URL: http://www.fona.de/mediathek/pdf/soef-Memorandum_2012_en.pdf)


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