Research Center Global Change - Regional Sustainability


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johann Stötter (Institute of Geography)

Deputy Head

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Coy (Institute of Geography)

Research Objectives

The research center „Global Change – Regional Sustainability“ has its main focus on investigating global drivers and their impacts on human-environment systems on regional, resp. local scales, and how society copes with and overcomes these Grand Challenges (e.g. climate change globalisation, resources scarcity) against the background of normative sustainability goals.

All these global change processes have in common that they are either intensified or even created by local human activities. These synergies between local action, thereof resulting global driving forces which in turn impact on regional/local human-environment systems is the essential characteristics for the Anthropocene period.

The conceptual considerations of the research center „Global Change – Regional Sustainability“ is based on understanding humankind and natural environment inseparably linked within system Earth. Theses manifold interactions are reflected by a kind of interdisciplinary approach which tries to bridge between the natural and the social science. In this sense, the investigations of the research center „Global Change – Regional Sustainability“ contribute to theoretical discussions of research communities in geography, global change science and sustainability science. Additionally, there is also a strong tendency to applied research, which, in a modern understanding of science, aims not only at producing system knowledge but also target and transformation knowledge. By following this transdisciplinary approach, the research center „Global Change – Regional Sustainability“ addresses what is called the “Third Mission” by initiating a dialogue with society as a whole and specific target groups, and thus contributes to future oriented and sustainable development in the sense of  Responsible Science.

 Interview with Johann Stötter (Video)

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