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Research Centre Oldenburg

About the Research Centre

The Research Centre Oldenburg 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. With the interdisciplinary Master´s programme Sustainability Economics and Management (SEM) it aims towards training future leaders to enable them to face pressing problems such as global warming, loss of biodiversity, diseases and poverty by imparting economic knowledge and a well founded combination of expertise in ecological and social issues, as well as a sense of responsibility. 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 and management as well as sustainability-related governance research. It is part of the university-wide Centre for Environmental and Sustainability Research COAST.

The Research Centre Oldenburg conducts a wide range of governance-related research in the fields of social learning, justice and governance of ecosystem services, governance of adaptation to climate change, and coastal protection as well as higher education initiatives for sustainable development. Focal areas of this research are among others Germany, East Africa and South Africa.  Read more about the Research Centre Oldenburg.

Recent publications

Climate Refugees: Global, Local and Critical Approaches

The last few years have witnessed a flurry of activity in global governance and international lawseeking to address the protection…

The Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming Governance Through Global Goals?

Written by an international team of over sixty experts and drawing on over three thousand scientific studies, this is the…

The Normative Foundations of International Climate Adaptation Finance

Billions of dollars are annually transferred to poor nations to help them adapt to the effects of climate change. This…

The Emergence of Geoengineering: How Knowledge Networks Form Governance Objects

For many years, suggestions to 'geoengineer' the climate occupied a marginal role in climate change science and politics. Today, visions…