Research Centre Oldenburg

The Chair in Ecological Economics at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany, is committed to contribute to the implementation of the Earth System Governance Project as part of the global alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres.

Oldenburg offers students an interdisciplinary Sustainability Economics and Management (SEM) Master´s programme. It is the continuation and advancement of a previous Diploma programme established as early as 1997. The SEM aims towards training future leaders to enable them to face pressing problems such as global warming, loss of biodiversity, diseases or poverty by imparting economic knowledge and a well founded combination of expertise in ecological and social issues, as well as a sense of responsibility. It provides graduates with factual knowledge in their main subjects, as well as the analytical, interdisciplinary and social skills to prepare them for work in businesses, NGOs or International Organisations.

Since 2006, the Oldenburg Centre for Sustainability Economics and Management (CENTOS) bundles the university´s research, teaching and consulting activities within the area of sustainability economics. Furthermore, CENTOS is part of the COAST Centre, which acts as an umbrella organisation for all sustainability-related activities. COAST pools the resources of scientists from a wide range of disciplines: physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geosciences, landscape ecology, information technology, social sciences, economics and law.

As part of a regional adaptation project founded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education the Oldenburg research centre focuses on transdisciplinary research for governance and social learning and will therefore contribute research on the analytical problem of Adaptiveness and the cross cutting theme of knowledge. Profound expertise was also acquired within earlier projects that have, among others, been concerned with social learning and sustainability.


Author(s) Titlesort icon Year
Schmidt, Andreas., Rebecca Stecker. Report on the ICYESS session “Uncertainties in the context of Earth system governance”. 2013
Biermann, Frank., Philipp Pattberg (editors). Global Environmental Governance Reconsidered. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 2012
Eisenack, Klaus., Rebecca Stecker. An Action Theory of Adaptation to Climate Change. Earth System Governance Working Paper, No.13: 2011
Biermann, Frank., Michele M. Betsill, Joyeeta Gupta, Norichika Kanie, Louis Lebel, Diana Liverman, Heike Schroeder, Bernd Siebenhüner and Ruben Zondervan. Earth system governance: a research framework. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, 10 (4): 277-298. 2010
Biermann, Frank., Michele M. Betsill, Susana Camargo Vieira, Joyeeta Gupta, Norichika Kanie, Louis Lebel, Diana Liverman, Heike Schroeder, Bernd Siebenhüner, Pius Z Yanda, and Ruben Zondervan. Navigating the anthropocene: the Earth System Governance Project strategy paper. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2 (3): 202-208. 2010


Prof. Bernd Siebenhüner, University of Oldenburg, Germany