Societal Transformation

In Germany, numerous players in political discourse emphasize the importance of an extensive transformation of politics, economy and society, in order to do justice to the challenges of a sustainable development. But what is exactly societal transformation? At the FFU, we understand societal transformation to be a long process that comprises of extensive changes in different areas of the society (subsystems) – ranging from production and consumption patterns to legal concepts, from types of organisations to cultural practices and beliefs. These changes in individual subsystems are interdependent; this means that the changes in one subsystem will influence changes in another. Societal transformation is then the result when different changes in subsystems reinforce each other and give overall development of society a direction (e.g. sustainability). During the transformation processes, the ‘old’ and ‘new’ still coexist (e.g. in the form of technologies, social norms, economic and political systems). Only in the course of a transformation –by overcoming path dependencies and barriers – a direction will emerge in which transformative processes will change a society.
The FFU is engaged in different projects with the preconditions for and approaches to governing the transformation towards a sustainable society.

Schools at University for Climate and Energy (SAUCE)

Dr. Lutz Mez

Sep 01, 2008 — Aug 31, 2011

Project partners: London Metropolitan University, United KingdomUniversity of Twente, Center for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy, The NetherlandsUniversity of Latvia, LatviaVienna University of Technology, Institute of Power Systems and Energy Economics, Energy Economics Group, AustriaAalborg University, Department of Development and Planning, DenmarkBerlin Energy AgencyRoskilde University, Department for Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Denmark

Energy Trans

Environmental Policy Research Centre

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Dr. Dörte Ohlhorst (deputy), Dr. Kerstin Tews (deputy)

Sep 01, 2011 — Aug 31, 2016

Research foci: environmental governance energy policy

Phase 1: Measuring Welfare in Germany – Proposal for a New National Welfare Index / Phase 2: Updating and international classification

Roland Zieschank

Feb 01, 2007 — Feb 15, 2013

Project partners: Prof. Dr. Hans Diefenbacher, Forschungsstätte der Evangelischen Studiengemeinschaft e.V. – Institut für interdisziplinäre Forschung

Schüleruni Nachhaltigkeit und Klimaschutz

Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Karola Braun-Wanke

Sep 01, 2011 — Oct 01, 2015

Research Focus: Environmental education