WG Social-ecological transformation

The background of the working group "Social-ecological transformation" is that overcoming the challenges associated with climate change and the goal of sustainable development, requires a social-ecological transformation. In order to support this transformation through research, the Social-Ecological Transformation Network was formed in 2016.

The aim of the CCCA working group that has now emerged from this is to initiate and conduct empirical-analytical and normative-strategic research in order to contribute to shaping the transformation of society that lies ahead, as well as to also build a bridge between research and implementation and thus have a transformative effect. The working group is also concerned with discussing the role of science in Austria, the independence of science and the understanding of science and research in politics. In the field of transformation research, this role needs to be redefined and explicitly disclosed.

Direction: Marianne Penker, marianne.penker@boku.ac.at & Ulrich Brand, ulrich.brand@univie.ac.at

Planned Events: SAVE TE DATES

  • 8.04.2023, 15:00-19:00 (IPW conference room in the New Institute Building of the University of Vienna): Workshop on social-ecological evaluation criteria for research with Thomas Jahn and Christoph Görg.
  • 06.06.2023 13:00-20:00 (at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna): Semester meeting and workshop on theory models of social-ecological transformation with Karl-Werner Brand.

Invitations and program will follow.

The following activities have already taken place within the working group:

  • Participation at the 19th Austrian Climate Day from 23 - 25.04. in Salzburg as well as at the BOKU Sustainability Day on 26.04.2018.
  • A workshop with representatives from politics, administration and civil society in the first half of 2018 on the topic of socio-ecological transformation.
  • Participation in the Growth in Change Conference in November 2018.
  • Development of a memorandum on transformation research.
  • Participation in the 20th Austrian Climate Day on 25.04.2019 at the Boku in Vienna.
  • Completion and publication of the memorandum on transformation research.
  • Networking meeting on developments in Austrian transformation research (May 16, 2022)
  • Keynote presentations and discussion on extended quality criteria and impact measurement (December 5, 2022)