General research perspectives

We follow the two general research perspectives that determine our understanding of  sustainability: resilience and transformation. The resilience concept focusses on resistance and the regeneration capacity of ecological and socio-technical systems. The transformation concept emphasizes the profound social change which remains essential in several fields of social activities in the context of sustainability.

Research fields and subject areas

The Center deals with sustainability issues from an interdisciplinary and socio-ecological perspective.

The studies and projects contribute to the development and the networking of the high-profile research areas at the University of Bremen, particularly with regard to issues on social change and statehood (high-profile area 2), marine, polar and climate research (high-profile area 1), material sciences and production engineering (high-profile area 3) and epidemiology and health sciences (high-profile area 6).   

Current research activities focus on the following 8 research areas:

  • Climate change and mobility
  • Political ecology of coastal and marine environments
  • Sustainable development and environmental governance
  • Consumption and supply systems
  • Gender, diversity and equity
  • Resilient socio-technical systems
  • Energy and material flow systems
  • Management and organisation

Methods and implementation

The variety of methods used at the Sustainability Research Center (artec) ranges from focus group interviews to life-cycle assessment, from dynamic modeling to discourse analysis and  from dialogue workshops to model based design.

The new theoretical and methodical insights regarding the creation of sustainable and future-oriented structures are then realized with partners – if possible and useful – in order to contribute to solving social problems.