The Leibniz Research Network "Environmental Crises - Crisis Environments" (Leibniz CrisEn) bundles and networks the professional and methodological-technical competencies of 15 Leibniz Institutes in the environmental, life, spatial, social and economic sciences

The researchers of the participating institutions record and investigate crisis-like environmental changes and the interactions between the scientific and social phenomena that underlie the attributions or denials of the changes in our environment as crises. Here, crises are understood as threats that are experienced as urgent, existential, and uncertain in their political consequences, thereby triggering political crisis management.


In 2012, on the initiative of 24 Leibniz institutions, the Leibniz Research Network "Crises of a Globalized World" was founded.  In 2021, the Alliance drew a close after eight years of research on the mechanisms, dynamics and interdependencies of crises. At the suggestion of old and new members, it was transformed into a Research Network and since 2021 has been dedicated to the focus topic of "Environmental Crises - Crisis Environments."

Between 2012 and 2021, the members of the Alliance produced numerous publications on current global crises as well as on current developments in crisis research, including the Handbook on Crisis Research (2021). In addition, the Alliance has implemented numerous knowledge transfer projects, such as the Crisis Interviews, the Crisis Calls, and the interdisciplinary research and exhibition project Making Crises Visible.

Since 2015, events of the lunchtime debate series Crisis Talks have continued to be organised in cooperation with the Hessian Representation to the European Union (EU) in Brussels, in which the handling of current and past crises of the EU is discussed.

Steering Group

Prof. Dr Nicole Deitelhoff
PRIF – Peace Research Institute Frankfurt

Prof. Michael Koetter, PhD
Halle Institute for Economic Reseach - Member of the Leibniz Association (IWH)

Univ. Prof. Dr Jochen Schanze
Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regionale Development (IOER)