In our study programmes, we teach the scientific foundation to analyse complex environmental systems. Based on a scientific understanding of the problem, students learn to develop solutions, to quantitatively evaluate and implement them.
We study the processes and interactions of different environmental systems at various scales, from the molecule to global environmental, production and supply systems. The approach of our research is systems-oriented and interdisciplinary.
Many people see privately funded research as a threat to academic independence, but this is an incomplete view. Experts with close connections to politics and business are a logical consequence of a knowledge-based society. It is time for a fundamental debate on responsible research partnerships.
Reasoning about uncertainty
Characterizing uncertainty of scientific knowledge for the analysis and evaluation of decision alternatives is a challenging task in environmental research. The recently published book «The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis. Reasoning about Uncertainty» is the first comprehensive presentation of argument-based methods in philosophy.
The blog’s on holiday
Our writers are off on a well-deserved summer break until 25 August. We wish all of you a pleasant summer, whether you take a staycation or venture further afield …