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Chair of Sustainability Science and Applied Geography
Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann (4th from the right) and her research team
Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann (4th from the right) and her research team
Sustainability Science deals with issues of sustainability in a trans- and interdisciplinary manner. The notion of sustainability or sustainable development was promoted by the Brundlandt report "Our common future" for the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. This document was an important basis for the Agenda 21, adopted at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro 1992.
In a nutshell the basic principles of sustainability are as follows:
  • Linking environment and development issues
  • Promoting equity within and across generations
  • Integrating all three pillars of sustainability (environment, economy, society)
Scientific findings and science in general play an important role as both form the theoretical foundation and help to implement the idea of sustainability. Applying the program of the Agenda 21 the following requirements can be summarized with regard to sustainability science:
  • Interdisciplinary cooperation between natural and social sciences
  • Research and analysis of problems in sustainability
  • Transdisciplinary integration of research into practice
The department Sustainability Science and Applied Geography acts accordingly as all members of the research team come from different interdisciplinary backgrounds. This enables sound ecological and socioeconomic research. The main research focus is on the use of biosphere reserves as learning and test sites for sustainable development as well as on the effectiveness of their management. Various empirical methods are used to analyze underlying goals regarding conservation and further development.
Case studies are widely used to directly link research results to the daily work in biosphere reserves. The department is proud of its close cooperation with the biosphere reserves Schaalsee and Southeast-Rügen in Germany as well as with biosphere reserves worldwide, e.g. in Indonesia and Mexico.
The department offers various seminars and lectures to its students in order to disseminate the idea of sustainability science.

Consultation hour of Prof. Stoll-Kleemann

  • by arrangement


Department of Geography

Sustainability Science and Applied Geography

Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann

Manuela Peters

Room 205
Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Str. 16
D-17487 Greifswald
Tel: +49 (0)3834 86-4502
Fax: +49 (0)3834 86-4501

Last updated: 08.08.2016 15:43
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