Environmental Crisis – Crisis Environments
Leibniz Research Network for interdisciplinary collaboration to understand the contestation and governance of environmental changes as crisis


  1. CrisEn Network Conference: How to Deal with Environmental Crises? The Interdependence of Acute and Latent Challenges in Times of Polycrisis

    26.-27. Februar 2024 | Frankfurt am Main

    The governance of multiple crises is associated with the particular challenge that acute and latent threats are perceived very differently. Acute threats such as pandemics or wars attract political attention, while no less threatening, long-term challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss are pushed into the background. The conference will take a closer look at this challenge for political decision-making in times of polycrisis.

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  2. [Translate to english:] Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff, MEP Hannah Neumann © Hessische Landesvertretung Brüssel / Zacarias Garcia

    Europe's role in the world: A foreign policy guided by values in the light of global crisis management

    #27 Crisis Talk | Event Review

    At this episonde of our lunch talk in Brussels, Prof. Nicole Deitelhoff, MEP Hannah Neumann and Prof. Frank Hoffmeister discussed ways to strengthen a value-driven European foreign policy in the face of current challenges to peace and security posed by the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East.

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The Leibniz Research Network “Environ­mental Crises – Crisis Environ­ments” is dedicated to the research of the perception and gover­nance of environ­mental changes as crisis. A key to detect a crisis and to initiate political crisis manage­ment is the per­ception of a threat as urgent, existential, and uncertain in its conse­quences.

Taking this as a vantage point, the Leibniz Research Network examines under which conditions environ­mental change is perceived and contested as crisis, and which gover­nance arrange­ments foster effective and sustai­nable crisis manage­ment.

Both steps are important as the attribution of environ­mental changes as crises involves bio­physical and societal pheno­mena whose inter­action are not well under­stood so far. Further­more, these two pers­pectives on environ­mental crises include furthe­ring the resilience of contem­porary societies with regard to environ­mental changes as well as an under­standing of crisis scenarios as an oppor­tunity for transfor­mation towards sustaina­bility .