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Multidisciplinary Issue: Sustainable Development
Prof. Lützkendorf
Prof. Dr.-Ing.
habil. Thomas

Ökonomie und
Ökologie des
Jürgen Kopfmüller
Institute for Technolgy Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
Sustainability Network

The Focus is involved in the newly established Sustainability Network at KIT.


Foto: lemmiu / Quelle: Photocase

Multidisciplinary Issue: Sustainable Development

The multidisciplinary issue “Sustainable Development” is part of the KIT Humans and Technology Focus. The persons and institutions working on this issue concentrate on the analysis and design of interactions between technical progress and sustainable development. Among others, the complexity of these interactions, the solution of methodological aspects of an integrated sustainability assessment, and the creation of the necessary prerequisites for the support of a sustainable development by technical progress are studied.

Hence, it is a major task to assess and influence technology development, with the objectives of a sustainable development being considered. The underlying integrated sustainability concept is used as a framework, target orientation for development processes, and scale to assess states. Studies concentrate on responsibility and justice for today’s and future generations, the objective being an appropriate target-oriented implementation and politico-social management or public perception of sustainability issues. The activities and structures to be developed are mainly understood to be the conceptual basis and “methodological home” for the development of fundamentals for sustainability analyses and assessments. These fundamentals may be applied to various branches and fields of needs, various actors and perspectives (among others, scalability between individual and society), various aspects and dimensions of sustainability (e.g. resources problem), and various action and intervention options (among others, instruments), with an integrated approach being pursued. It is desired to cooperate within the Focus (internal impact) and with other centers and focuses of KIT and beyond KIT (external impact).

Tasks, Contents, and Objectives of the Multidisciplinary Issue “Sustainable Development”

UNESCO Actions Days, September 21/22, 2010