Transition Research

How to design transition pathways to a more sustainable society? The Wuppertal Institute unites climate, environment and resource related aspects in its research and links ecological issues with those of an economic and social transformation. Here you find the discussed topics:


Our Services

Every agent of our society, be that of the field of policy, economy, science, from organisations or initiatives, who wants to move towards the utopia of a world that's globally fair to both mankind and environment, finds a partner in the Wuppertal Institut to work together in projects, analyses and scenarios.

Uwe Schneidewind

For more than 25 years, the mission of the Wuppertal Institute has been to stimulate and support transitions towards a sustainable development with our scientific work. We hope you enjoy immersing yourself in the many facets of this "Great Transformation".

Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind
Scientific Managing Director of the Wuppertal Institute

Jobs& Career

We are constantly looking for people who think outside the box and want to dedicate their knowledge and skills to the transformation towards sustainability. For more job advertisements, please see our German website.

My ecological backpack

How many resources do you use?

Assess the ecological backpack of your lifestyle. It just takes 10 minutes of your time to find out how sustainable your life is and how to make it resource-lighter.

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Research Map

The world map shows selected international research projects of the Wuppertal Institute. The Research Map gives you a quick overview of the Institute's international projects that are focused outside Europe. Please click on a pin for more information and a link that will take you to the project’s website. The Research Map will regularly be updated and supplemented.


The Wuppertal Institute is a member of the Johannes-Rau-Forschungsgemeinschaft. The JRF is a research community of 15 independent, non-profit research institutes in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Their common goal is to conduct sustainable and forward-thinking research for society, economy and politics.