Social-ecological Research aims to develop strategies in order to solve social sustainability issues connecting ecological transformation of the society with social justice and economic demands.
Since 1999 the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been funding Social-ecological Research (SÖF). This research programme develops strategies for solving precise societal sustainability issues: e.g. strategies for implementing the German policy of an "agricultural turnaround" (policy measures towards an organic food market), for improving the nutrition of the population, for liberalizing net-related supply and disposal systems (e.g. water, energy) and for trading with emissions. This kind of research requires the cooperation between natural and social scientists and involves social players (e.g. consumers, local authorities, businesses and NGOs). The aim of the research programme is to promote sustainable development, that is, ecological transformation of the society, without losing sight of social justice and economic concerns.
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