This group works on the diverse relations of ecological change and social change. We look at those theories that provide possibilities of interpretations for the consumption of resources as well as the production of environmental damage. In spite of the wide diffusion of positive attitudes towards environmental and resource protection, an increasing environmental consumption seems to be continued by social practice, routinized ways of life, institutions and infrastructures. How can we explain this social inertia, continuing even in times of environmental crises? What social requirements exist for reaching forms of social change which lead to reduced environmental consumption?
These and further questions are being researched on in Bachelor and Master theses, dissertations, habilitations as well as research projects funded by third-parties.