How do we find our way in the COVID-19 pandemic? How do we sensibly tackle international climate change and energy transition? And how do we find answers to questions about the global financial crisis? In other words: how can we best address global societal challenges?
Answers to the world's biggest problems
Global Social Challenges is one of the strategic pillars of ESSB. The goal is to find socially relevant answers to the biggest problems we face in the world. We want to achieve this by conducting interdisciplinary research into the most important international questions for our generation.
Five major challenges
Together with researchers and partners from different disciplines and fields, we are working on five major challenges:
- The climate and energy transition
- The global financial crisis
- Governing future security
- Population and society
- The legitimacy crisis of international political systems
These challenges have a major impact on our society. It requires long-term socio-economic resilience. That is why we critically examine trajectories in the past, in the present, and for the future. We do this using state-of-the-art research techniques.
New solutions for complex problems
Many of today's social challenges are complex: they transcend city boundaries, regional cultures, and national borders. The global COVID-19 pandemic, the climate transition, and the fourth industrial revolution call for new solutions that do not yet exist. We therefore explore these problems across borders and from different disciplines, theories, and methods.
“The research pillar is designed to inspire innovative thinking towards achieving global sustainability within the context of a destabilised unpredictable and uncertain world”
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The Climate and Energy Transition
How can old and new powers unite to meet the climate challenges of our time?
The Global Financial Crisis
Governance reform of global financial systems
Governing Future Security
Investigating the relationship between technology, security, and transforming societies
Population and Society
Using research data to gain insight into how the population is developing
The Legitimacy Crisis of International Political Systems
What is the impact of supranational organizations on the functioning of contemporary democracies
Academic research is only part of the puzzle. We collaborate with government policy makers and other partners in the field. By using their input, we cooperatively arrive at practical solutions. By working together, we bring science and policy together.
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