DKN Future Earth Activity

Strengthening the Social Sciences within Future Earth

To allow options for action, it is of great importance to bring insights from the natural science in the societal context and relate them to insight from the social science, economic and political science. In the past, the "International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change" has taken first steps towards finding ways of increasing co-operation and developing research questions in this field. In Germany, the integration of natural and social science knowledge has been further developed in international collaborative projects such as GLOWA (Global Change and the hydrological cycle) or Megacities-Megachallenge (Informal Dynamics of Global Change) and has been advanced through different research methods and concepts. The proportion of social sciences in the international program research in the field of global change has increased in recent years; however, the proportion is still low compared to the natural sciences.


The members of this DKN activity therefore deal, among other things, with the question of possible obstacles to the better integration of the social sciences in global change and global sustainability topic areas. The aim of this DKN activity is to discuss backgrounds, to discuss long-term goals and to stimulate and initiate possible activities that strengthen social sciences. The activity thus helps to promote the cooperation between natural and social sciences in the field of global sustainability research in the long term and to advance the research agenda accordingly.




• Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt a.M.

• Prof. Dr. Ilan Chabay, IASS Potsdam - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies            e.V.

• Prof. Dr. Andreas Ernst, Universität Kassel

• Dr. Jochen Hinkel, Global Climate Forum e.V.

• Prof. Dr. Daniel J. Lang, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

• Dr. Simon Meisch, Universität Tübingen

• Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel, ifo Institut

• Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

• Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ortwin Renn, Universität Stuttgart

• Prof. Dr. Bernd Siebenhüner, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

• Dr. Jens Soentgen, Universität Augsburg

• Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck , GEOMAR - Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel




Prof. Dr. Karen Pittel
Ifo Institute - Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
E-Mail: pittel(a)

Prof. Dr. Ilan Chabay
IASS Potsdam - Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V.
E-Mail: ilan.chabay(a)




Working Group "Social Innovations"

  • Sustainability Doalogue

    Open Letter of German Future Earth Summits` Participants

  • Sustainability Dialogue

    Open Letter of Early Career Scientists

  • Sustainability Dialogue

    Mailing list „Design of trandsdisciplinary Research“

  • International Coordination

    Belmont Forum: Global data management and e-infrastructures

  • International Coordination

    DKN meeting together with German SC members of Global Change Programmes

  • DKN Future Earth Activity

    Integrated Research: Concepts, Instruments, Processes

  • DKN Future Earth Activity

    New Future Earth Challenges

  • DKN Future Earth Activity

    Strengthening the Social Sciences within Future Earth