Through targeted research, universities can generate insights into the global humanitarian development towards sustainability. They thus play an important role in the transformation towards a sustainable society.
In the context of research, HOCH-N is partially based on the results of the LeNa project. In this project, concepts and criteria for socially responsible research and for implementation of sustainability into research have been developed for non-university research institutions.
The question is how these approaches and criteria are to be transferred onto universities and whether modifications are necessary. Furthermore implications for the German higher education landscape need to be evaluated. In addition to the findings of the LeNa project and other related projects, the current state of the scientific discussion as well as the practical implementation of sustainability-oriented research at Higher Education Institutions both nationally and internationally shall be integrated in the process. Existing approaches to the structuring of sustainability research shall be considered.
Head of the HOCH-N field of action “research” is the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Prof. Dr. Daniel Lang, Institute for ethics and interdisciplinary sustainability research; Prof. Dr. Matthias Barth, Professor of Education for Sustainable Development Infis – Institute for integrative studies ) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich (Prof. Dr. Markus Vogt, chair of christian social ethics).
Leuphana University Lüneburg: