The Ecornet Berlin research partnership

Research to promote sustainable urban development in Berlin


Ecornet Berlin is a research partnership comprised of five Berlin institutes working in transdisciplinary sustainability research. The network, which is unique in this form, provides impetus for Berlin’s transformation into a metropolis that is socially and environmentally sustainable. The institutes pool their research expertise in the research fields of social climate transformation, sustainable economies and digitalization with the aim of enhancing Berlin’s role as a pioneer in the development of innovative approaches for a liveable, solidary, “resource-light” and climate-neutral urban society. Working together with urban stakeholders, the research partners want to drive Berlin’s sustainable urban development, focusing on social and environmental change and the related issues of participation, distribution and justice.

The members of the Ecornet Berlin research partnership are: Ecologic Institute, Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment (IZT), Oeko-Institut and the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU). The network grew out of many years of cooperation among the five research institutions of the Ecological Research Network (Ecornet), a network made up of independent, non-profit institutes engaged in environmental and sustainability research in Germany. Its mission is to help shape the sustainable transformation of society and provide a scientific foundation to support this change.


As part of the project “Knowledge. Transformation. Berlin”, the Ecornet Berlin research partnership is seeking to strengthen Berlin’s role as a pioneer in developing innovative approaches to a city that is liveable, “resource-light” and climate-neutral.

The project is funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Senate Chancellery – Higher Education and Research.

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