Due to the complexity of its research questions and the associated high degree of inter- and transdisciplinary, research for sustainable development requires further substantial theoretical and methodological developments that individual institutions are often unable to provide alongside their core tasks. In addition, the cross-disciplinary and cross-thematic synthesis of research for policy- and practice-relevant action support and effective transfer plays a special role. The "Knowledge for Sustainable Development" network aims to fill an important gap here. In particular, the diversity of Leibniz institutions holds great potential for synergies that must be recognised, expanded and utilised.

The overarching goals of the network are therefore

  1. the bundling, networking and targeted further development of research competencies for sustainable development in the Leibniz Association,
  2. improving the effectiveness of research with regard to initiating and shaping social sustainability transformations,
  3. contributions to the further development of the science system and research policy with regard to the special requirements of sustainability science, and
  4. a higher national and international visibility of the Leibniz Association as a scientific partner for sustainable, transformative change.