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International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)

Responsible Economy and Natural Resources

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The research group draws on extensive methodological expertise from various disciplines and carries out sustainability-relevant, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects in research, consulting, teaching and transfer. The cooperation of all levels and stakeholders, including local politics, administration and citizens, is an integral part of the holistic approach.

The research field at a glance

The central focus fields of the research group "Responsible Economy and Natural Resources":

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  • Green Economy
  • Sustainable and resilient urban spaces
  • Natural resources, biodiversity, climate adaptation
  • Sustainable production and consumption
  • Education for Sustainable Development

The strategic starting point for the work of the International Center for Sustainable Development (IZNE) is its orientation toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 formulated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) form the core of the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". As a member of the German Sustainable Development Solutions Network, we thus contribute to promoting sustainable development in Germany and German commitment to sustainable development worldwide.

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SDG 11 Nachhaltige Städte und Gemeinden
SDG 12 Nachhaltige/r Konsum und Produktion
SDG 13 Maßnahmen zum Klimaschutz
SDG 15 Leben an Land
SDG 17 Partnerschaften zur Erreichung der Ziele

The questions of the research focus Responsible Business and Natural Resources are oriented towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. The goals 'Quality education' (SDG 4), 'Sustainable cities and communities' (SDG 11)' 'Responsible consumption and production patterns' (SDG 12), 'Climate action' (SDG 13), 'Living on land' (SDG 15) and 'Partnerships to achieve the goals' (SDG 17) are the focus of the considerations.

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Nachhaltige Entwicklungen begleiten

Basis aller Aktivitäten bildet die transformative Nachhaltigkeitsforschung, die ökonomische, ökologische und soziale Aspekte integriert und interdisziplinär und anwendungsorientiert ausgerichtet ist. Ziel ist es, Veränderungs- und Transformationsprozesse in Richtung einer nachhaltigen und resilienten Entwicklung umfassend zu analysieren, anzustoßen und zu begleiten.

Hierbei erfolgt eine enge Zusammenarbeit innerhalb der Hochschule wie auch mit Partnern der Region Köln/Bonn/Rhein-Sieg und im Rahmen internationaler Allianzen, insbesondere innerhalb der EU, sowie mit Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern.

„A socio-ecological transformation towards sustainable development requires the search for innovative joint solutions. Our interdisciplinary work creates new perspectives on major societal challenges such as biodiversity and climate adaptation and brings the relevant actors to the table. Cooperation and partnership are required, both in our region and internationally. For practical implementation, cities and local actors play a special role.”

Prof. Dr. Wiltrud Terlau - Professor of Economics, Resilient and Sustainable Development/ Executive Director of the International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE)

Prof. Dr. Wiltrud Terlau Portrait

Research and development

The research interest is the transformation, sustainability and resilience of socio-ecological systems in local and global contexts. The behavior of all levels and stakeholders, including communities, citizens and consumers, is an integral part of the holistic approach.

Selected projects

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KLUGER Transfer - Climate - Environment - Health - Transfer

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OneHealth - Metropolregionen ganzheitlich begreifen

Schmuckbild Projekt Sardinien (DE)

Green Economy - Climate and Biodiversity Conservation and Education for Sustainable Development for a Sound Economic Prosperity

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INTERFACES - Supporting Pathways to Sustainable Land Management in Africa

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DINA - Diversity of Insects in Nature protected Area

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Networked Rainland – A model project for insect protection in the agricultural landscape

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CitizenLab SDG Workshop: Education for Sustainable Development' as part of the Campus-to-World

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Life cycle assessment of grass-based paper - Comparative life cycle assessment of the use of conventional and grass-based pulp in German paper production

Bionics and green technology in shipping

Sustainability evaluation of participatory production concepts based on satisfaction

Nature in the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg Region - A Local Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Selected publications

  • Lehmann, G.U.C., Bakanov, N., Behnisch, M., Bourlat, S.J., Brühl, C.A., Eichler, L., Fickel, T., Geiger, M.F., Gemeinholzer, B., Hörren, T., Köthe, S., Lux, A., Meinel, G., Mühlethaler, R., Poglitsch, H., Schäffler, L., Schlechtriemen, U., Schneider, F.D., Schulte, R., Sorg, M., Sprenger, M., Swenson, S.J., Terlau, W., Turck, A., Zizka, V.M.A. (2021): Diversity of Insects in Nature protected Areas (DINA): an interdisciplinary German research project. Biodiversity and Conservationhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-021-02209-4 
  • Felappi, J.F., Sommer, J.H., Falkenberg, T., Terlau, W., Kötter, T. (2020): Green Infrastructure through the Lens of “One Health”: A Systematic Review and Integrative Framework uncovering Synergies and Trade-Offs between Mental Health and Wildlife Support in Cities, in: Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 748, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141589 
  • Busch, I., Barthlott, W., Brede, M., Terlau, W., Mail, M. (2019): Bionics and green technology in maritime shipping: an assessment of the effect of Salvinia air-layer hull coatings for drag and fuel reduction. In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, 377 (2138), S. 1-13.
  • Mutke, J., Klement, J., Terlau, W., Freund, W., Weigend, M. (2019): Die Natur der Region Bonn/Rhein-Sieg – Ein lokales Assessment der Biodiversität und Ökosystemdienstleistungen im Rahmen der UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (überarbeitete Version des im Mai 2018 übergebenen Berichts des BION Netzwerk Biodiversität Bonn). Decheniana Beihefte 41/2019: ISSN 0416-833 X
  • Terlau, W.; Hirsch, D. (2015): Sustainable Consumption and the Attitude-Behaviour-Gap Phenomenon - Causes and Measurements towards a Sustainable Development. In: International Journal on Food System Dynamics 6 (3), S. 159–174. DOI: 10.18461/ijfsd.v6i3.634 .

Any further questions?

Prof. Dr. Wiltrud Terlau Portrait

Wiltrud Terlau

Professor of Economics, Resilient and Sustainable Development, Director of the International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE), Department of Economics

Research fields

Location

Rheinbach

Room

B 111

Address

von-Liebig-Straße 20

53359, Rheinbach

Location

Sankt Augustin

Room

Raum G 039

Address

Grantham-Allee 20,

53757, Sankt Augustin

Eefje Aarnoudse Personenporträt Mitarbeiterin IZNE

Eefje Aarnoudse

Research associate 'Responsible Economy and Natural Resources'

Research fields

Location

Sankt Augustin

Room

G 033

Address

Grantham-Alle 20

53757, Sankt Augustin

Berenice Fischer Personenporträt Mitarbeiterin IZNE

Silvia Berenice Fischer

Research associate 'Responsible Economy and Natural Resources', Ph.D. student

Location

Sankt Augustin

Room

G 033

Address

Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin

Telephone

+49 2241 865 9813
Personenporträt Angela Turck Mitarbeiterin

Angela Turck

Research associate 'Responsible Economy and Natural Resources'

Location

Sankt Augustin

Room

G 033

Address

Grantham-Allee 20

53757, Sankt Augustin

Telephone

+49 2241 865 9717