The research profile of the MPS has developed over the past 25 years. Whereas during the 1980s our research had focused on social problems such as unemployment & public health, the research agenda has been extended in the 1990s to include social and political questions of sustainable development, research on civic engagement, corporate citizenship, and the future of work.

The MPS has a special competence in qualitative social research and in linking qualitative and quantitative methods. Meanwhile the institute can also draw on a long-standing experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research. A broad network of collaboration exists with scientists, research institutes, and civil as well as political organisations both in Germany and many European countries. To strengthen the research profile of the institute the MPS has set up a scientific advisory council in 2003, which is thought to give innovative inputs to our research and to guarantee its high quality.

Key Aspects:

  • Sustainability & Communication
    How are risks, environmental problems and sustainable development communicated – in everyday life, in the public and within the administration? What interfaces, communicative links, symbols and framings have which effects?
  • Sustainable Lifestyles, Work & Consumption
    Where do the different contexts of daily life offer opportunities for sustainable lifestyles to step in?
  • New Institutional Arrangements
    Which strategies and institutional (re)-arrangements can advance politics of sustainability on the local, national, and transnational level?
  • Sustainability Research, Uncertainty & Transdisciplinarity
    What are the challenges of sustainability for scientific research and the public communication of science under conditions of uncertain and controversial knowledge?

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