Early on, the University of Kassel positioned itself as a university of sustainability in the areas of research, teaching and in operations. Professorships with close links to sustainability are conducting research in all departments. They thus work on essential aspects of sustainability in the technical and natural sciences as well as in the humanities and social sciences and in the School of Arts. The focus Sustainable Transformations bundles these activities and relates them to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations through the Kassel Institute for Sustainability. Central to the external interdisciplinary research of the topic are four newly established corner professorships on the topics of Just Transitions, Cultures of Sustainability, Eco-Health and Sustainable Technical Product and System Life Cycles, which are to be successively supplemented by up to 13 additional professorships.
The focus of interdisciplinary sustainability research at the university is on questions of local mobility and renewable energy sources, as well as the transformation of energy systems or the use of non-renewable raw materials in the global south. Large international networks, such as the BMBF network CALAS and the DAAD-funded Global Partnership Network, provide support in working on these topics of high global relevance with the relevant partners from science and society.
The central research topic of the Kassel scholars in the CALAS network is perspectives on wealth, power and inequalities in Latin America, which are explored jointly by the social sciences and the humanities.
Integrated urban-rural concept for the production of activated carbon and energy sources from residual biomasses
Increasing demands for environmental and climate protection present municipalities and counties with the challenges of both increasingly tapping renewable energy sources and minimizing the input of pollutants into the environment.
Under the title "Commodity Extractivism in Latin America and the Maghreb", the network brings together an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers and visiting scholars to explore the development model of commodity extractivism.
Making public transport more attractive will significantly improve the quality of life in urban areas. Two-thirds of the trips made in cities are for leisure activities, shopping and private errands. This is why this coordinated project is designing an assistance system that supports users along their travel chain according to their needs.
The GLOCALPOWER research group analyzes the glocal transformation of the energy system from the perspectives of global environmental governance and international political economy with case studies in Ghana, Zambia and South Africa.
DFG Research Group 2432 "Socio-Ecological Systems in Indian Urban-Rural Gradients: Functions, Scales, and Transitional Dynamics."
(Short) fiber-reinforced plastics enable durable and thus resource-efficient use in a wide range of applications. In order to be able to safely and reliably control the properties of this class of materials under complex application conditions, data must be meaningfully recorded and linked along the entire life cycle. In the long term, the "LIFETIME" joint initiative is the prerequisite for also integrating the large volume of fiber-reinforced plastics into the circular economy.
The network will take on the challenge of reconstructing development research, teaching, and practice in a non-Eurocentric yet practical manner.