The questions of the research focus Responsible Management are based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. The objectives 'Responsible Consumption and Production Patterns' (SDG 12) and 'Sustainable Cities and Towns' (SDG 11) as well as their interplay with other SDGs are the focus of the considerations. The central areas are:
• Socio-ecological transformation processes
• Sustainability Economics
• Sustainable agri-food systems
• Urban pioneer projects
• Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
There is a particular research interest in the value chains of the agri-food industry and their importance for sustainable food, biodiversity, animal welfare, prosperity and social / fairness (one-health concept of human-animal-environment) in a local and global context. The behavior of consumers (lifestyle) is an integral part of this holistic approach. In these areas, competences have been continuously expanded in recent years. The responsible economic research group can draw on extensive methodological knowledge of different disciplines. It is addressable for sustainability relevant, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects in research and consulting, teaching and transfer.
Accompany sustainable developments
All activities are based on sustainability research, which integrates economic, ecological and social aspects and is interdisciplinary and application-oriented. The aim is to comprehensively analyze and thus facilitate the necessary processes of change and transformation in the direction of sustainable development. Here, close cooperation takes place within the university as well as with partners of the Cologne Bonn / Rhein-Sieg region, such as the Regional Forum for Sustainable Foods and within the framework of international alliances, especially with developing and emerging countries.
Practical approaches in real workshops (real laboratories)
Promising solutions also include political, ethical, technical and sociocultural aspects. They are tested in real workshops (real laboratories). The aim of this innovative research approach is to make the engineering (natural) scientific / laboratory approach usable for the analysis of social and political processes, in which science and practice jointly plan, implement and reflect sustainable developments. Specifically, within the framework of a social context (eg company, organization, city, district), projects are initiated in the sense of sustainable development and scientifically monitored. The gained knowledge about social dynamics, processes and effects should be made usable for the application in the practice.
An overview of the complex research spectrum is given in the following selection of projects
• Examining CSR communication - Consumer responses to animal welfare initiatives
• NutriHAF - “Diversifying agriculture for balanced nutrition through fruits and vegetables in multi-storey cropping systems”
• e-H @ C HUPAction - Improving Crisis Communication and Crisis Management in the event of a cross-border EHEC outbreak
• Political authority and transnational governance arrangements: regulation by state and private labor, social and environmental standards in the Asian textile and clothing industry
Further projects can be found in the research database.