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Research Center for Sustainability (FFN)

Chair of Politics and Sustainability - Prof. Dr. Philipp Lepenies

La città ideale - ca. 1500, artist disputed  –  the ideal of a world dominated and transformed by man

La città ideale - ca. 1500, artist disputed – the ideal of a world dominated and transformed by man

People transform their environment. It’s always been like that. But the way we consume and produce has changed the world so radically that we are destroying our own livelihoods. Nevertheless, we firmly believe that by becoming more sustainable, we will be able to prevent the worst, perhaps even make the future more livable for everyone. Sustainability is not a buzzword. Achieving sustainability is humanity’s most pressing task.

Sustainability can only be the result of a comprehensive economic, ecological and social transformation. The transformation process towards this goal, sustainable development, is the subject of the research of the Research Center for Sustainability FFN.
Sustainable development is not limited to technological innovation. Sustainable development involves a conflict-ridden negotiation and decision-making process and thus policy. And sustainable development affects the environment, the economy and society alike. Without combating poverty, reducing inequalities, social cohesion and strong democracy, sustainability transformation will fail. Sustainable development is a global challenge, not a national one. Therefore, we conduct research on ecological, economic and, above all, social issues without losing sight of international interlinkages.

The Research Center for Sustainability FFN continues the work of the Research Center for Environmental Policy FFU, founded in 1986 at Freie Universität Berlin.

The Chair of Politics with a focus on sustainability is part of the Cluster of Excellence "Contestations of the Liberal Script" (Scripts)


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