New at BOKU

With March 1, 2018, the Institute of Social Ecology (SEC) changes its affiliation and will be part of the Department of Economics and Social Sciences (WiSo) at BOKU. The SEC is located in Schottenfeldgasse in the center of Vienna.

Environmental and sustainability sciences require cooperation across different disciplines, i.e. between natural and social sciences and humanities. The research focus of the Institute of Social Ecology (SEC) covers this interface. SEC is renown and international visible through its interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research on the interaction between social and natural systems.

It covers globalisation, global change and sustainable development in cooperation with diverse scientific communities and stakeholders from social, economic and political sectors of society. SEC has played a significant role in shaping international debate on sustainability covering the concepts of 'social metabolism' with material flow and energy flow analysis (MEFA); 'colonisation of natural systems' with land-use indicators (i.e. HANPP); socio-ecological systems modelling; and its focus on environmental history and socio-ecological transformations.

The entire SEC team is looking forward to intensify existing and starting new cooperations at its new home at BOKU University.