We provide multi-faceted analyses of today’s environmental challenges, using a broad range of methods, including empirical social research, action research and transformation research. We undertake qualitative and quantitative assessments, conduct surveys and analyze laws. We investigate indicators, trends and processes to provide fact-based recommendations to policy makers and change agents.
As a research institute, we always apply scientific best practices to our work. For us, this includes embracing a diversity of opinions within the institute, constantly challenging our research results and encouraging feedback on our work. For this reason, the institute has created its own guidelines for safeguarding good scientific practices [pdf, 49 KB, English]. These guidelines were reviewed and approved by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Inter- and transdisciplinary
Drawing on our network of partners and a staff versed in different disciplines, Ecologic Institute is well equipped to address cross-cutting and systemic challenges. We work with stakeholders to develop solutions that work.
Collaborative, future oriented, and innovative
Complex systemic challenges like transitioning to a circular economy or implementing forward-looking agricultural policy cannot be successfully addressed by one country alone nor tackled by one specific actor. We believe in cooperation and engage with partners from around the globe and across the political spectrum.
Our highly dynamic world is facing fundamental changes, presenting us with many challenges and opportunities. Ecologic Institute is regularly called upon to tackle novel issues and develop solutions for a sustainable and resilient future. Many complex problems require new ways of thinking. We use forward-looking approaches to find innovative solutions where old ones have failed – be it with respect to policy challenges, formats for international exchange, scientific methods or in gender equality (see our Gender Equality Plan [pdf, 145 kB, English]).
Neutral and reliable
Ecologic Institute provides advice to a wide range of political institutions. This advice is politically and ideologically neutral. Ecologic Institute does not engage in lobbying for third parties and the vast majority of its work is carried out for public institutions or other not-for-profit clients. Ecologic Institute publishes all fundamental information regarding current and past projects on its website.
Our team is committed to our mission as an institute, partner and employer. Our Board of Shareholders, Director and Steering Group provide strategic direction and a robust institutional framework.