The CESR studies Humans-Environment systems and the role of technologies and institutions in these systems. The focus is on problem analysis and solution scenarios for climate change and resource consumption. A comprehensive perspective and methods of system analysis allow to detect important drivers and unveil problem shifting. We want to better understand the functional relations between environment and society, and the causes of environmental and sustainability issues.

Main goals of the center:

  • Innovative research on environment and sustainability with a systems approach
  • Innovative teaching in environmental and sustainability sciences

Our approach is interdisciplinary and systemic. Because of that we use methods of systems analysis, such as global and regional modelling, agent-based modelling, the analysis of the socio-industrial metabolism and qualitative as well as quantitative scenario analysis. The research groups develop and use those methods on different scales.

The center is headed by executive director Prof. Dr. Stefan Bringezu and deputy director Prof. Dr. Andreas Ernst. The Board of Directors decides on governing matters. A Scientific Advisory Board provides advice and yearly evaluation.