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Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research

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The Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research (ISIS) investigates the transition towards sustainability. Therefore, we study transition, innovation, and adaptation processes within human-environment systems, with a focus on firms and regions. We base our research on systems sciences, innovation and transition sciences as well as sustainability science, and develop inter- and transdisciplinary methods to analyse and model human-environment systems, develop scenarios and transition pathways, and assess regulatory strategies.

ISIS is composed of a highly motivated interdisciplinary group of researchers from fields including natural sciences, social sciences, geography, and business administration.

ISIS is a special institute in several ways:

  • It combines the three science fields: systems sciences, innovation & transition sciences and sustainability science.
  • It is an interface institute and as such it has high collaboration potential with scientists from social and natural sciences.
  • Given its transdisciplinary research focus it has strong collaborations with enterprises and within regions, allowing for high quality applied research.
  • It combines qualitative and quantitative methods in its research projects.
  • Being the coordinating institute of two international joint masters programmes, it is well embedded in international networks in both fields, teaching and research.

Within the URBi faculty, ISIS has a very special position, as it provides the interface to the different institutes within the faculty as well as to almost all faculties within the University ofGraz. ISIS is, together with the Wegener Centre, part of the scientific field environmental systems sciences, and plays a central role within the research core area “Environment and Global Change”.

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