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IESP Publications

Selected Publications from IESP Members


Prof. Peter A. Wilderer, Prof. Ortwin Renn, Prof. Martin Grambow, et. al. 
Opens external link in new windowSustainable Risk Management
In this edited volume, the expert authors delineate approaches that can support both decision makers as well as their concerned populations in overcoming unwarranted fears and in elaborating policies based on scientific evidence. 


Prof. Patrick Dewilde
Initiates file downloadSystemic Relativism. A philosophical exploration of chaos and creativity, intelligence and creation
Nature, including humans and human society, evolves in ways that are intrinsically chaotic, which means that small variations or fluctuations can push evolution in entirely new directions, at any moment of time and in myriad ways. Some of these appear to be productive and sustainable, at least for a certain time. Relatively recently in the evolutionary process, `intelligence' has arisen as the most effective driving force of evolution, for better or worse. The book aims at exploring what the philosophical consequences are of these basic biological facts, together with new insights in logic and semantics.

Prof. Michael von Hauff, Claudia Kuhnke
Initiates file downloadSustainable Development Policy: A European Persepctive 
This edited volume uses a variety of multidisciplinary perspectives to explore the ways in which sustainable infrastructures can play a more prominent and effective role in international development policy. Building on a solid introduction to sustainability and development policy, this book discusses ways in which viable reform can be promoted through coherent governing, the design of social security systems, education systems and the possibilities of fair trade as an alternative trading concept . Sustainable Development Policy generates a platform on which to encourage constructive dialogue on issues surrounding sustainability in the wake of the global scarcity of natural and economic resources.

Anastassia Makarieva, Viktor Gorshkov, A. Startsev
Initiates file downloadNew goals for fundamental science
Since its origins science has been on the forefront of man's struggle against a hostile environment. In the long run, with the discovery of electricity, internal combustion engine and inorganic fertilizers our living standards have drastically improved. Today the majority of people in the developed countries have never starved or worked to physiological exhaustion. In this aspect modern people have for the first time in the history of modern civilization caught up with the aboriginal inhabitants of the natural environment where our species originated. Indeed, humans residing at an ecologically sustainable density in a highly productive tropical ecosystem with an optimal climate did not overwork to gain food; in consequence, they had never had a stimulus to develop science and technology.

Raoul Weiler, Kris Demuynck
Initiates file downloadFood Scarcity Unavoidable by 2100? Impact of Deography & Climate Change
The planetary food production, although practiced since millennia, is quite complex. Holistic approaches are indispensable, however difficult to realize. Novel elements are used: the Koppen-Geiger Climate Classification System, the Graphical Network descriptions & related statistics, the demographic increase, with the focus on specific continents, the impact Climate Change on agriculture. Nine recommendations are suggested for coping with the existential challenge of feeding all humans by the end of the century. Among them, the creation of a world governance body, acting over several decades, for dealing with the feeding of the world population.


Prof. Klaus Mainzer
Initiates file downloadKünstliche Intelligenz - Wann übernehmen die Maschinen?

Prof. Peter A. Wilderer, Prof. Martin Grambow (Eds.)
Initiates file downloadGlobal Stability through Decentralization?
In Search for the right Balance between Central and Decentral Solutions


Protocol of the Workshop: "Sustainable Development of Megacities. A Mega Challenge for China and the World."
in English


Results of the Workshop "Das Wachstumsparadigma - Eine Sackgasse?"
in German
Summary of the IESP conference "Earth System Engineering
in English
Results of the Workshop "Energiekonzept der Bundesrepublik Deutschland"
in English and German
Results of the Workshop "Creation - Sustainability - Evolution" Aug. 2009
in English and in German
"Zugspitz Declaration" on the Responsibility of Humanity for the Functionig of the Earth System
in English and in German

Publications by IESP members


Prof. Dr. Raoul Weiler
Desertification and Climate Change. A too Complex Process for Geo-Engineering?
Presentation Slides
Prof. Dr. Peter Wilderer
Bewahrung natuerlicher Resourcen
Presentation Slides (in German)


Dr. Martin Grambow
Staying sustainable - Which values are indespensible?
Zukunftsfähig bleiben! Welche Werte sind hierfür unverzichtbar?