Sustainability Research Center (artec)

The Sustainability Research Center (artec) is an interdisciplinary Center of the University of Bremen for scientific research on sustainability issues. The aim of the Center is to perform interdisciplinary research on national and international sustainability issues and to provide scientific advice in order to support sustainable development in key areas. Current projects focus on central themes related to global change, sustainable socio-technical systems and issues on labour and health.

The Center has currently around 40 members including researchers from Social Sciences, Politics and Economics, Production Engineering, Cultural Studies, Environmental Sciences, and Human and Health Sciences. 

Transnational Climate Policy after the Paris Agreement

The conference “Transnational Climate Policy after the Paris Agreement”, organized by the ZenTraClim research group at the Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg, gathered around 30 participants from academia and civil society to discuss current challenges for legitimate and effective transnational climate policies. In addition to presentations by the ZenTraClim researchers on their research during the project period, keynote lectures were held by Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze from the Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig, and Dr. Sander Chan from Utrecht University and the German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn. More information on the research project ZenTraClim can be found here.

© artec/ Universität Bremen
© artec/ Universität Bremen

Science-Policy Workshop in Cilacap, Java, Indonesia on environmental governance in the Segara Anakan lagoon and its catchment area

Jill Heyde and Martin C. Lukas conducted a science-policy workshop in Cilacap on the Indonesian island of Java on the 12th of January 2016. This workshop was part of a longer-term research engagement focussing on land use changes and environmental governance in the Segara Anakan lagoon and its catchment area in the frame of the research programme SPICE (Science for the Protection of Indonesian Coastal Marine Ecosystems). The workshop, entitled Tata Kelola Lingkungan di Laguna dan Daerah Aliran Sungai Segara Anakan, brought together representatives of various governmental and non-governmental organisations. These included lagoon, river and watershed management authorities; forest and fisheries management authorities; agricultural extension services; land registration agencies; district and village governments; community groups; environmental groups; and land rights and land reform movements. The aims of the workshop were to share and discuss research results with policy makers and civil society and to open a discussion about corresponding policy and management implications. The workshop was one of the project’s main efforts to foster science-policy interfaces.

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New Regional Formations Project: Regional Conference on Rapid Environmental Change and Migration in Coastal Regions in Accra, Ghana

On November 17th-18th, the first of two Regional Conferences on Rapid Environmental Change and Migration in Coastal Regions took place at the Yiri Lodge, Institute for African Studies at the University of Ghana, Accra. The workshop was organized by Prof. Dr. Felicitas Hillmann and PhD candidate Usha Ziegelmayer from the Leibniz Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning (IRS) in Erkner, Prof. Dr. Michael Flitner and Dr. Johannes Herbeck from the artec Sustainability Research Centre of the University of Bremen in collaboration with Prof. Mariama Awumbila and Dr. Joseph Teye from the Centre for Migration Studies of the University of Ghana.

The two-day workshop was held within the framework of the New Regional Formations Project, funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung, and discussed the dimensions and dynamics of the nexus between coastal environmental change, migration and mobility in West Africa, with a special focus on Ghana. Besides the presentations on regional perspectives of migration and policy dynamics held by the workshop organizers, project-related contributions were provided by Prof. Dr. Volker Heins and PhD candidate Jan Schuster from the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (KWI) in Essen on risk cultures. ZMT research within the project was represented by PhD candidate Carina Goldbach and Prof. Dr. Achim Schlüter on household economics, and Prof. Dr. Hildegard Westphal, Dr. Alessio Rovere, Dr. Thomas Mann and the MSc candidates Aleksandra Serwa and Benjamin Lasalle on coastal morphological changes. Besides that, numerous contributions by researchers from Ghana shed light on related aspects, e.g. the interrelations between coastal erosion and the development of tourist infrastructure, on the connections between climate change and health, or on the relevance of theatre for communicating research findings to affected communities in Ghana.

The workshop brought together scientists and actors from governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and was perceived as a great success from all participants. It provided an excellent platform for networking and discussions dealing with the adaptive capacities with respect to migration and mobility in response to long- and short-term environmental changes on regional scales.

A second regional conference is planned to take place in Indonesia in March 2016, then focusing on similar issues in the second of the two research areas within the project context.

Contact: Johannes Herbeck (general project coordinator)

Further information on the project