The Sustainable Europe Research Institute SERI Germany e.V. is a private, independent, not-for-profit research centre founded in 2005. Since more than 10 years we are dedicated to sustainable development research that is comprehensive, transdisciplinary and practically relevant, covering environmental, social, institutional and economic sustainability. SERI Germany explores sustainable development options for Europe, and analyses the impact of European policies on other parts of the world.
To be comprehensive, we work in interdisciplinary teams with expertise across natural sciences, economics, social sciences and humanities. To practice transdisciplinarity, we emphasise stakeholder participation from the onset of each project, and have been active in conceptual and methodological work on how to involve them throughout a project. Practical relevance implies not relying on a world view which narrows down the richness of available concepts and methods to a selected few but endorsing conceptual pluralism.
SERI Germany is dedicated to high standards of research quality, including participation in international research consortia and publications in internationally recognised journals, but also emphasises the necessity of knowledge transfer, science-policy-society interfaces, and results having to stand the test of real world applicability. Diversity of concepts and methods is a matter of democracy in science; however, diversity must not impinge on the coherence of the work done.
To facilitate such outreach, SERI Germany offers free access to studies, publications and educational material we produce as far as publishers’ restrictions permit doing so; we strongly support open access for all publications of research results. Our staff members are active in civil society organisations, from environmental and environmental justice organisations via trade unions to religious institutions, and they are available for presentations, discussions, as mediators and meeting moderators.