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Social transformation and sustainability

Our research focuses on developing and implementing innovative solutions designed to support the transition to a sustainable future.
Social transformation and sustainability

New sustainable mobility Photo: JOANNEUM RESEARCH/Bergmann

Environmental influences on health

We specialise in research into the impacts of climate change on the skin, which in turn enables us to understand individuals as a whole. Our methods allow us to determine whether and to what extent substances in the environment enter our bodies through breathing, the food we eat or as a result of skin contact, and how they behave over time.

Ethical and social responsibility

We play an active part in the development of ethics standards in research, in particular standards for applied social and economic research. Our work also contributes to minimising health risks caused by environmental impacts and to reducing health inequality.
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Preservation of cultural heritage

digital.Culture generates added value that helps to safeguard our cultural heritage. The digital.Culture product family enables museums, archives, archaeology businesses and excavation companies to manage the results of scientific analyses as well as administrative data on business processes using an open, flexible database solution.

Models to reduce animal testing

Our methods allow us to determine whether and to what extent substances in the environment enter our bodies through breathing, the food we eat or as a result of skin contact, and how they behave over time. Our findings can be applied in various fields, ranging from microplastics and plasticisers to fertilisers and pesticides, to name just a few.

Economic impacts of climate change

The increasing frequency of extreme weather events highlights the clear economic effects of climate change. Building on climate scenarios, in combination with economic models, it is also possible to estimate future impacts. These results can support investment decisions and the selection of adaptation measures.

Redistribution and social justice

The transition to climate neutrality is affecting different social groups in different ways. The factors that lead to vulnerability, as well as individuals’ capacity to take action can be examined by analysing socioeconomic data and by means of empirical social research, with a view to devising tailored policy mixes.


Transformative politics and missions

Transformative politics calls for new political approaches. One of these is mission-driven politics, which aims to align research and innovation with societal challenges. We provide support across Europe and throughout Austria with the development of governance structures, implementation approaches and tools, as well as with monitoring and evaluation.

Mobility, business and demographics

There is a high degree of variance in levels of economic development from one region to the next. The key reasons for this are their demographic evolution and their accessibility. We analyse determinants of economic development at the local level, making use of comprehensive datasets and forecasts.

Digitalisation in agriculture

Homogeneous sections of fields which are farmed using resource-efficient methods are identified using terrestrial and satellite-based sensor data. We make our findings available in machine-readable form, which makes an important contribution to environmental protection, as well as to Austria’s supply security.

Technology transfer for automation technology

Automation and robotics can act as drivers of sustainable social transformation. Modern technologies smooth the transition to alternative energy systems, enable the use of carbon-neutral raw materials and create people-centred jobs. This helps to reduce environmental impacts and supports companies when it comes to meeting their social responsibilities.

Politics and society – products and services

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