737019 Frontiers in social ecology and sustainability transformations (in Eng.)

Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Erb, Karlheinz
Angeboten im Semester
Wintersemester 2022/23
Unterrichts-/ Lehrsprachen


The world is facing critical challenges, from climate change to the overuse of natural resources and the loss of natural habitats. Societies will need to undergo significant transformations to become more sustainable. Leading these transformations requires understanding nature-society interactions and innovative ideas to apply scientific knowledge. This lecture series, offered by Karlheinz Erb and young scholars, will reveal cutting-edge results from the field of social ecology and provide reflections and solutions on how this knowledge can contribute to a more sustainable society.
The series touches on several of the most pressing sustainability problems, from the transformation of global resource use, international biomass trade, bioeconomy strategies, agrarian extractivism, energy use, and energy transitions in the global south to local forest use in Austria. It will also introduce students to interdisciplinary methods, socio-ecological accounting and modeling approaches, and critical social science perspectives.

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen (erwartete Kenntnisse)

A finished bachelor’s degree. This is a course on Master level. It might be helpful to have taken the introductory course on Social Ecology, but this is not required.


Students will acquire a better understanding of the complex relations between societies and their natural environments. Several approaches on how to analyze these relations will be introduced and discussed. Paths forging a transformation towards a sustainable society would be scrutinized.
Noch mehr Informationen zur Lehrveranstaltung, wie Termine oder Informationen zu Prüfungen, usw. finden Sie auf der Lehrveranstaltungsseite in BOKUonline.