Diana Hummel

Diana Hummel
Institute for Social-Ecological Research | ISOE

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Die Übernutzung natürlicher Ressourcen, der Verlust natürlicher Habitate, die ansteigende Verbreitung gebietsfremder Arten und der Klimawandel erhöhen den Druck auf die Biodiversität. Unweigerlich kommt es damit zu wachsenden gesellschaftlichen Konflikten. Eine problemorientierte Analyse ermöglicht einen Beitrag zum besseren Verständnis und zur Bea...
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Physical components of societies like infrastructures need biophysical resources for their construction, maintenance and use. These components, analyzed as societies' material stocks, predefine energy and raw materials and provide societal services, necessary for their functioning and for social welfare. The nexus between stocks, the resource flows...
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Social Ecology is an emerging scientific field within sustainability science investigating the relationships between society and nature. It is based on the core concept of societal relations to nature. Essential characteristics are: (1) Problem-orientation: The starting point of research is concrete, societal problems with regard to ecological cris...
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This chapter deals with how gender has been taken into consideration in German climate policy, and how we envision the work towards a gender-responsive climate policy. After providing a historical summary of gender considerations in German climate policy, we elaborate on two potential options for integrating gender into climate policy: participator...
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It took a long time to make German climate policy-makers aware of gender. For many years, there was a strong resistance because the relevance of gender in this policy field was denied for industrialised countries. Only recently, and inspired by international agreements such as the UNFCCC Gender Action Plan, some openness towards implementing gender...
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Non-technical summary Investing in stricter biodiversity conservation and wildlife protection to reduce the number of emerging diseases and, consequently, the risk of pandemics such as coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), must integrate a social-ecological perspective. Biodiversity conservation, in order to be effective as disease prevention, require...
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Am Umgang mit Biodiversität entzünden sich weltweit Konflikte, die bisher nicht umfassend erforscht und systematisiert wurden, da die Zusammenhänge zwischen Biodiversitätsverlust und gesellschaftlichen Konflikten vielfältig sind (Fickel und Hummel 2019; Scheffran 2018). Der jüngste Bericht des Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem S...
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Sozial-ökologische Transformationen können nur gelingen, wenn wir sie als gemeinsame Gestaltungsaufgabe verstehen. Doch wie kann gemeinsames Handeln gefördert werden, wenn die Vorstellungen von einem „guten Leben“ so unterschiedlich sind? Die hier vorgestellten Gestaltungsprinzipien sollen transdisziplinärer Nachhaltigkeitsforschung Orientierung ge...
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Social-ecological transformations can only succeed if we understand them as a joint task of shaping the future. But how can joint action be fostered when ideas of the "good life" differ so much? The principles of shaping presented here aim to provide orientation for transdisciplinary sustainability research in order to find answers to complex quest...
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(Please find the English version of the abstract below. The report is in German, a 15 pages summary in english. the guidance for the Gender Impact Assessment in Climate Policy is urrently translated into English ) Zielsetzung des Forschungsprojektes war es, den Mehrwert der Geschlechterperspektive für den Klimaschutz und die Klimaanpassung zu erui...
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Demographic change is supposed to be the most important indirect driver for changing biodiversity. In this article, a systematic review of 148 studies was conducted to examine the scientific evidence for this relationship and to identify potential gaps in research. We explored the spatial distribution of studies, the categories addressed with respe...
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Wie steht es im Jahr 2018 um die Umsetzung des Pariser Klimaabkommens von 2015? Wo genau steht die internationale Klimapolitik ein halbes Jahr vor der nächsten UN-Klimakonferenz im polnischen Katowice (COP-24)? Der Artikel fasst die wesentlichen Errungenschaften des Pariser Abkommens zusammen, bewertet die seither unternommenen Umsetzungsanstrengun...
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Both citizen science and transdisciplinary sustainability research involve nonacademic actors in the production of knowledge while seeking to contribute to sustainability transitions, albeit in different ways. From citizen science, transdisciplinary researchers can learn about the multiple ways of engaging knowledge holders, and producing and shari...
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In aiming to halt global biodiversity loss, it is essential to address underlying societal processes. The concept of ecosystem services claims to bridge between biodiversity and society. At the same time there is a considerable research gap regarding how ecosystem services are provided, and how societal activities and dynamics influence the provisi...
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The sustainability discourse is, essentially, centered on the question of how complex relations between nature and society can be conceptualized, analyzed and shaped. In this paper, we present a specific interpretation of social ecology as an attempt to address this question. For this purpose, we establish Frankfurt Social Ecology (FSE) as a formal...
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Transformation has become a major topic of sustainability research. This opens up new perspectives, but at the same time, runs the danger to convert into a new critical orthodoxy which narrows down analytical perspectives. Most research is committed towards a political-strategic approach towards transformation. This focus, however, clashes with ong...
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In 2010, there was a bold commitment to take action in halting global biodiversity loss by 2020. Now, half way through the Convention on Biological Diversity strategic plan 2011–2020, the success of the mission is under discussion. With the Twelfth Conference of the Parties attesting a lack of action, attention is now focused on the science–policy...
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The majority of the rural population in the West African Sahel depends on subsistence and small-scale farming. Thus, climate change, with its increasing temperatures and rainfall variability, impacts the environment and poses considerable risks to livelihoods. Given these circumstances, migration can be an important strategy for coping with the cha...
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Der folgende Beitrag plädiert für eine systematische Evaluierung des Förderschwerpunkts der sozial-ökologischen Forschung (SÖF) des Bundesforschungsministeriums (BMBF) unter der Fragestellung, welche Bedeutung der Genderdimension in den Forschungsprojekten eingeräumt wurde und wie die Genderdimension theoretisch, konzeptionell und forschungspraktis...
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Das Anthropozän ‐ das Zeitalter der Menschheit ‐ erfährt derzeit großes Interesse.Welche Konsequenzen hat die Idee von der Menschheit als einer geologischen Kraft für die Gestaltung einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung? Welche neuen Fragen ergeben sich für eine nachhaltige Wissenschaft? Die Zeitdiagnose vom Anthropozän könnte das Verhältnis von Natur- un...
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The causes and consequences of demographic changes for the environment, and the possible ways of influencing population dynamics to achieve ‘sustainability’, have been the subject of many debates in science and policy in recent decades. However, the body of knowledge concerning relationships between population dynamics and sustainability is quite f...
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Neben der Umweltsoziologie beschäftigen sich noch viele andere Wissenschaften mit den komplexen Beziehungen zwischen Gesellschaft und Natur. Zahlreiche disziplinare und interdisziplinäre Forschungsansätze, theoretische Vorstellungen und Gegenstandsbestimmungen konkurrieren und koexistieren. Für die einen zeigt sich darin eine Perspektivenvielfalt,...
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Die demographische Entwicklung ist ein zentrales Problem aller Gesellschaften. Die Größe und das Wachstum, die räumliche Verteilung, die Altersstruktur und zukünftige Entwicklung einer Bevölkerung beeinflussen nahezu sämtliche gesell- schaftlichen Bereiche. Das reicht von der Nachfrage nach Gütern und Dienstleistungen über die politische Stabilität...
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The interactions of changes in climate and biodiversity with societal actions, structures and processes are a priority topic within the international sc ientific debate – and thus, a relevant subject matter for BiK F ’s work. This paper outlines a concept for transdisciplinary research within BiK F . It focuses on the analysis of soci al-ecological...
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Israel, Jordan and Palestine are partners in the geography and hydrology of the Jordan River Basin. At the same time the demographic development of the countries is closely interlinked. The paper examines the interdependence between demographic developments, water scarcity and resource conflicts in the Jordan River Basin. One major issue of conflic...
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The paper introduces into a social-ecological perspective of population dynamics, focusing on structural relationships and mutual interactions between demographic changes and transformations of supply systems for water, food, energy, etc. Demographic changes, e.g. population growth or decline, urbanization and migration processes, changes in popula...
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While industrialized nations are facing declining birth rates and aging populations, developing countries must deal with rapid urbanization, migration movements, and ongoing population growth. Population Dynamics and Supply Systems explores the links between demographic changes, the environment, and sustainable development. These complex interactio...
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The dynamic interaction between population and water is usually discussed in the context of development issues in Third World countries, but rarely analysed for northern, industrialised countries. Nevertheless, the improvement of a supply system’s ability to adapt to demographic changes poses challenges for industrialised countries as well, and gen...
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This paper addresses the interactions between population dynamics and transformations in structures that provide the population with basic goods and services such as food, water and energy. Drawing upon the theoretical concept of societal relations to nature, these provisioning structures are conceptualized as supply systems. Following a brief disc...

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The goal of this project is to contribute to a sustainable improvement of paramedical and medical emergency care during flood events in Bangladesh, by introducing, scientifically investigating and validating new, innovative measures of prevention, logistics and therapy for those acute medical problems causing the highest mortality among the flood affected population (drowning, snakebite envenoming, electrocution, rabies). This collaborative project is financially supported by a research grant from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) in the research funding line "Internationales Katastrophen- und Risikomanagement – IKARIM" as a part of the programme "Research for the Protection of Civilians" by the Federal Government of Germany (see also: www.sifo.de)
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The summer school “Brilliant Minds for Social-Ecological Transformations” will address the challenges of working in a transdisciplinary way within the context of a disciplinary PhD-program. In order to be able to address these challenges, you will be offered the opportunity to gain insights into the theoretical foundations of transdisciplinary (TD) research principles, methods and design elements and get practical experience via hands-on training. Special attention will be given to knowledge integration as this is the major cognitive challenge in transdisciplinary research. Additionally, new TD ap-proaches like Real-World Laboratories or Sustainable Living Labs will be introduced. Exchanging experiences between you, as young scientists, and leading international senior researchers will be the main focus in lectures, workshops and open spaces.