Professorship for Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research

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In the professorship, we address three main challenges for the fulfilment of this aspiration:

  • Consolidate the epistemological and methodological foundations of transdisciplinary sustainability research.
  • Enhance research at the science/society interface that has both scientific and societal relevance.
  • Enable students, researchers and societal actors to contribute to societal transformation with local and global impact.

We are rooted/embedded in the Faculty of  Sustainability and collaborate with different institutes at Leuphana and research institutions from around the world as well as with different societal actors and institutions from the private and public sector in Lueneburg and beyond. 

We creatively combine conceptual and empirical research with the development of new formats and environments.


The main focus revolves around the further development of the theoretical, methodological as well as process-related foundations of Sustainability Science. In particular the professorship focuses on cooperation and mutual learning processes between different scientific disciplines as well as science and society with the aim to develop robust solution options for urgent sustainability problems of the 21st century. Prof. Lang is currently leading several large sustainability science projects both engaging in transformational sustainability research as well as analysing this and similar research approaches from a meta-perspective.

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