Services for Society

Sustainable societies need well-informed interest groups and civil society, who are key to broadly spreading knowledge about the necessary transformations. The Wuppertal Institute provides them with analyses and develops strategies allowing them to credibly push for the Transformation and convince wider segments of society. This includes inspiring solutions for sustainable individual lifestyles.

The impacts of climate change and resource shortages on a growing world population are putting increasing pressure on global society. This has caused people everywhere to join together in trying to reverse these developments and campaign for a transformation. Knowledge-based concepts for this transformation can provide the pressure and acceptance that politics and businesses need to make it happen. The Wuppertal Institute provides this basis through concrete research projects, studies and independent opinions. Mechanisms and conditions for change are our key subject, including experiments in so-called "real-world laboratories".

Global Climate March 2015
Global Climate March 2015 in Berlin, two days before the UN climate summit. Photo: Jan-Peter Boening / laif
Strategies for the Transformation

Being a moderator and mediator between different parts of society, the Wuppertal Institute can take into account the barriers and interests in business and politics. Thus we can not only offer a scientific base but also practicable strategies for change. Realistic and empirically tested practical solutions are plausible both to a broader audience and lead users or pioneers. Many of our studies and publications have opened and broadened debates that helped shape public opinion.

Just Distribution

Questions of justice abound in the context of the expected transitions. How should the costs and benefits of climate and environmental protection be distributed? How can processes of change be shaped in a way that benefits all of society and provides development opportunities to poorer countries? What are the effects of rising prices for energy and transportation on the poorest households?

Scientific Partner

The questions outlined above are relevant to many, and are being taken up by environmental NGOs, foundations, labour unions, churches, local initiatives and associations. We support theses debates through scientific studies that are written to be accessible to anyone, as a sparring partner, through talks, lectures and the scientific support of stakeholder-processes.

Ideas from Experience

The Wuppertal Institute is not a mere think tank, but it also transfers the transformation. It is known for checking on the practicability of theoretical problem solutions in experimental and pilot projects. This way allows for the observation, development and trial of ways of sustainable living and economy in the daily experience of consumers and citizens. Good practice examples become more popular and people as well as institutions are encouraged to copy those.




Selected projects commissioned by societal actors or with relevance to social and societal questions.