Prof. Dr. B. MatzdorfT +49 (0)33432 82-150
The policy paper of the Science Council on the Grand Societal Challenges frequently points out the importance of social and cultural sciences, besides natural and engineering sciences, for developing solutions for these challenges. Also, “the com-plexity, dynamics and long-term nature of large societal problems require scientific studies which go beyond one-dimensional, mono-disciplinary analyses and solutions, and which account for the interactions between disciplines as well as between science and other societal systems.” Consequently, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary forms of cooperation are essential for addressing research questions with societal relevance.
The role of science is explicitly described as providing the basis for societal discussion, assessment and decision-making. Science is thus expected to support a range of stakeholders from politics, economics and society in general in overcoming the Grand Societal Challenges.
Core Topic III “Land use conflicts and Governance” focuses on analyzing the preferences of various land users and the resulting land-use conflicts at the landscape level. Based on the analysis and evaluation of existing governance methods and instruments, scientists investigate the instruments and institutions required to achieve sustainable land use and the stakeholders relevant for the development and implementation of institutional solutions. The inclusion of relevant stakeholders of agricultural landscape use as well as their interests and logic of action are prerequisites for adapting and newly developing governance approaches at regional, national and international levels. In Core Topic III, these adaptation processes are supported by transdisciplinary research methods in terms of the co-design of innovations. In summary, Core Topic III not only contributes to a better understanding of spatially explicit socio-economic relationships and interdependencies, but also to the trial, implementation and establishment of instruments and institutions needed for a sustainable agricultural landscape use aiming for the provision of agricultural products, ecosystem services and biodiversity.
The results of Core Topic III provide relevant information on socio-economic and institutional conditions and are integrated as external factors into the research of Core Topics I and especially II.
Core Topic I: Landscape Functioning
Core Topic II: Land Use and Impacts