Sus­tain­abil­i­ty and Glob­al Jus­tice

Young people in the Humboldthain.
Young people in the Humboldthain. Photo: Matthias Heyde

The Research Class based at IRI THESys deals with the diverse ecological and social aspects of concepts of "sustainability" and "global justice". The Research Class has been funded by the Humboldt-Universität Foundation since 2013.


The Humboldt-Universität Foundation has been sponsoring the "Sustainability & Global Justice” Research Class since 2013. Here, students of European ethnology, philosophy, geography, agricultural sciences, economics and law work on interdisciplinary projects under the umbrella of the Integrative Research Institute on Tranformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI) and gain insights into research on the dynamics of human–environment relations.

The aim is for young researchers to learn about progressive and innovative approaches at the interfaces of the humanities and social and natural sciences, as well as between science and society, and to apply these themselves. The scholarship holders independently develop research projects and implement them together – from the generation of ideas to the conception, planning and implementation of the research to the public presentation of the results. In the course of the student research, the small groups deal with issues of sustainability and global justice at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin as part of an interdisciplinary collaboration.


Research topics

  • 2023/2024: Right of nature – right to food?
  • 2022/2023: The light and dark sides of the mobility transition
  • 2021/2022: Science communication
  • 2020/2021: Academic travel and sustainability
  • 2019/2020: Water security in times of climate change
  • 2018/2019: Sustainability in the HU’s canteens
  • 2017/2018: Food, sustainability and global justice
  • 2016/2017: Sustainable food markets

Scientific director

Prof. Dr Tobias Krüger
Professor of Hydrology & Society, Department of Geography, and Deputy Director, IRI THESys

Dr. Bettina König
Innovative Sustainable Land Management, IRI THESys

Impressions of the 2022/23 research class