Headline: Co-Creation

The transdisciplinary approach to research practiced at the IASS fosters dialogue between academia, policymakers, civil society, and the business sector. Building on this experience, “Co-creation and Contemporary Policy Advice” studies the implementation of multi-stakeholder processes resulting in reciprocal learning and decision-making. The goal is to facilitate the development of solutions that enjoy broad support. This research focuses in particular on the dynamics of stakeholder interactions and the integration of different forms of knowledge. The insights gained in this project will contribute to the development of a contemporary approach to science-based guidance for policymakers, civil society, and the public.

Projects

Social Transformation and Policy Advice in Lusatia

How is life in Lusatia set to change with the end of its coal-mining industry? What opportunities for sustainable social and economic dynamics does this present? And what can be done to ensure that the transformation of the region is democratic and fair? This project investigates processes of change in Lusatia and offers support and guidance to political and civil society actors in this context.

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Co-Creation and Contemporary Policy Advice

How can different co-creative approaches be integrated into contemporary policy advice and policymaking in order to support transformations towards sustainability? This project investigates existing processes of reciprocal learning and consensus-building, analyses their effects, and tests new models for generating knowledge and shaping policy that transcend the boundaries of science, politics, civil society and business.

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News

The IASS at the Katowice Climate Change Conference

The 24th UN Climate Change Conference (COP24) is due to take place in the Polish city of Katowice from 2 to 14 December. At this year’s COP, minds will focus on concrete steps towards implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. A whole host of experts from the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) will be there. At the international symposium on “Safeguarding Our Climate, Advancing Our Society”, IASS Scientific Director Patrizia Nanz will speak about the role democratic structures can play in the shift to sustainability. And IASS Scientific Director Mark Lawrence will represent the institute at the High Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition on the margins of the conference.

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Phasing Out Coal: IASS to Investigate Structural Transformation in Lusatia

The region of Lusatia in Eastern Germany is experiencing a structural transformation due to the dwindling significance of lignite. In a new research project, the IASS will investigate the changes taking place there. Karl Eugen Huthmacher from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and IASS Scientific Director Patrizia Nanz presented the project at the Lusatia Dialogue on 25 June.

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Blog Posts

Beyond coal: fostering the low-carbon transition in Lusatia

Roll up your sleeves, seize every opportunity and take the future by the horns! Surely that is the best way to approach the transformation of the economy in the region of Lusatia? Played up by policymakers, this upbeat narrative is indeed vital to the success of what is a mammoth undertaking. But so too are the experiences of people and institutions across the region. As scientists working in the field of sustainable development, we must consider the broader social context of efforts to foster a less-resource intensive economy and way of life in Lusatia.

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