Well-being real-world laboratories

Transdisciplinary Research on urban sustainability transitions at the Bergische Universit├Ąt Wuppertal (Transzent) and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy


AREA of socio-ecological sustainability transformations

Citizen led urban innovations on food short chains, occupation of empty housing lots and animation of a community meeting place.

TOOLS for Knowledge co-production between scientists and practitioners

Constructing of well-being indicators for Wupertal based on the OECD better life index

Tools for knowledge co-production
Creating space for change: real-world laboratories for sustainability transformations

In the face of persistent sustainability problems challenging economic development, ecological integrity as well as social justice, transformational changes are crucial. Proposed changes shall include, for instance, large-scale transitions of practices, infrastructures as well as values and priorities. In Germany, real-world laboratories are proposed for research in and with society, aiming to understand and contribute to transformations. This article presents a frontrunning research program on real-world laboratories and their accompanying research projects taking part in the federal state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany.


Project website

Well-Being Transformation Wuppertal. An Urban Transition Laboratory for Sustainable Economics