Changing Society

A global sustainable transformation needs social, cultural, and institutional change

How can our society transition from an unsustainable to a sustainable human-environmental system respecting planetary boundaries? Substantial changes are necessary in our relationship with the natural environment under climate change to ensure equity of access to water, energy, food, housing, healthcare, and mobility for the global population as well as future generations.
The focus area on changing society includes all scientists at the ECH that analyze facets of the socio-ecological transformation through the lens of the public sphere, economic factors, governance, and human behavior. Their unique interdisciplinary background fosters new and innovative research at the cross-section between nature, ecosystem services, and human society.


News and Stories

  • 10.04.2024

    (DE) Erster Nachhaltigkeitstag am Institut für Soziologie

    Podiumsdiskussion mit ECH-Mitgliedern beim Nachhaltigkeitstag des Instituts für Soziologie Der erste Nachhaltigkeitstag[...]

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  • 10.04.2024

    Workshop: Carbon Dioxide Removal as a Building Block of Climate Policy

    On the 17th of April, ECH members Alina Brad[...]

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  • 12.03.2024

    The Public is Ready for Climate Reform – so What now? A Talk With Kimberly Doell

    If climate change is to be tackled, we need both individual behavior[...]

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  • 24.01.2024

    Review: ECH in Discussion With Viennese Students

    On 24 January, ECH member Katrin Attermeyer and coordinator Timo Bühler, together[...]

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  • 13.11.2023

    The Power of Neuroscience to Fight Against Climate Change

    Today an international research team, including scientists from the Environment and Climate[...]

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  • 11.10.2023

    (DE) Nachbericht: 10. Umwelt im Gespräch – „Unser Leben mit Abfall: Zwischen Konsum und Umweltschutz“

    Zum zehnjährigen Jubiläum von „Umwelt im Gespräch“ beschäftigte sich die Veranstaltungsreihe mit[...]

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  • 11.10.2023

    What the Future Is Made Of

    New materials are considered very promising for solving the acute challenges of[...]

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  • 25.09.2023

    Thilo Hofmann Selected for the Wiener Klimateam

    This year, the Wiener Klimateam of the City of Vienna started[...]

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  • 11.09.2023

    Bicycle, Politics, and Social Transformation in Indonesia

    ECH member Sanderien Verstappen was a guest on PolgovTalks by PARES, an[...]

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  • 25.07.2023

    1st Sustainability Idea Challenge Award

    On Monday the 24th of July the Sustainability Idea Challenge Award,[...]

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  • 10.07.2023

    Kinderuni Goes Into 21st Edition

    What is energy, anyway? Where do young trees come from? Children can[...]

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  • 20.06.2023

    Review: Semester Question Panel Discussion – „Can We Still Be Saved?“

    On the question of planetary health and future, science researcher Ulrike Felt,[...]

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  • 15.06.2023

    Vodcast: Sabine Pahl and Andreas Stohl on #microplastics and #climateaction

    What still needs to happen for us to finally change our behavior?[...]

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  • 02.06.2023

    Podcast: The Climate Between Politics and Science

    Why aren’t governments doing everything in their power to stop climate change?[...]

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  • 31.05.2023

    (DE) Nachbericht: 9. Umwelt im Gespräch – „Landwirtschaft und Planetary Health – Möglichkeiten für eine gesunde und nachhaltige Ernährung“

    Die Frage nach einer gesunden und nachhaltigen Ernährung ist Gegenstand zahlreicher öffentlicher[...]

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  • 24.05.2023

    For a Healthier Planet: Climate Activism Must Be Rewarded

    The current discussion around the climate protests show that the social perception[...]

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  • 04.05.2023

    Initiative to Establish a Climate Audit Office

    A key demand of the 2020 climate referendum was the establishment of[...]

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  • 19.10.2022

    (DE) Nachbericht: 8. Umwelt im Gespräch – „Umweltpolitik in der Krise?“

    In Zeiten akuter Krisen wie des Ukraine-Kriegs, der Inflation oder der Energiekrise[...]

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  • Projects

  • 20.03.2024

    The Many Labs Megastudy to Promote Climate Action Across the Globe

    Kim Doell from the Faculty of Psychology was co-leading one of the[...]

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  • 01.10.2023

    FOCAL-Points: Leverage Points for Demand-Side Mitigation

    Alina Brad from the Department of Political Sciences and Etienne Schenider from[...]

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  • 01.06.2023

    RESONATE: Resilience Through Nature-Based Therapies

    Mat White at the Cognitive Science Hub is leading „RESONATE“  Horizon Europe[...]

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  • 01.04.2023

    GetCOheSive: Governance Enhancement for Cohesive Societies

    Yuri Kazepov at the Department of Sociology is part of the „GetCoheSive“[...]

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  • 07.01.2023

    Permanent Latin American Working Group „Alternatives to Development“

    Ulrich Brand at the Department of Political Sciences is part of the[...]

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  • 01.01.2023

    Beyond Development. Toward Systemic Emancipatory Transformations

    Ulrich Brand at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of[...]

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  • 27.09.2022

    SOS-ZEROPOL2030: Source to Seas – Zero Pollution 2030

    Sabine Pahl at the Department of Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods[...]

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  • 06.01.2022

    MUNEX: Municipal Neighborhood Experiments

    Yuri Kazepov at the Department of Sociology is leading the case study[...]

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  • 06.01.2022

    Air and Environmental Health in the (Post-)COVID-19 World

    Tatiana Konrad at the Department of English and American Studies is leading[...]

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  • 01.11.2021

    Talking Charts

    Laura Koesten from the Faculty of Computer Sciences at the University of[...]

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  • 01.10.2021

    ZeroPM: Zero Pollution of Persistent, Mobile Substances

    Sabine Pahl from the Department of Cognition, Emotion and Methods in Psychology[...]

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  • 01.09.2020

    Landscape, Life, Form: Anthropocene Poetics in Contemporary German Fiction

    Eva Horn at the Department of German Studies leads the „Landscape, Life[...]

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  • 06.01.2020

    PECCK: Pre-Enacting Climate Change Knowledge

    Alexa Färber at the Department of European Ethnology is leading the „PECCK“[...]

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  • 01.01.2020

    Utilizing Environmental Social Neuroscience to Investigate the Reciprocal Relationship Between Humans and the Environment

    Claus Lamm from the Department of Cognition, Emotion, and Methods in Psychology[...]

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  • 01.01.2020

    Artificial Intelligence and Climate Change

    Mark Coeckelbergh from the Department of Philosophy is leading the project. Description:[...]

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