At the interdisciplinary chair for Human Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), we develop innovative concepts and tools on how to integrate knowledge from both the social as well as the natural sciences in order to measure, analyze, interpret and optimize human-environment interactions in urban areas. Specifically, we develop:

  • interdisciplinary methods and models for analyzing and simulating cities as SETSs and assessing their sustainability, aiming at combining, qualitative data and “big data”,
  • transdisciplinary approaches to bring together scientific expertise and practical knowledge in order to develop and assess strategies for transition towards a more sustainable living in cities and
  • theoretical frameworks on pathways for transitions towards a sustainable living in cities.


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