The Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS) conducts research with the aim of investigating, identifying, and advancing development pathways for transformation processes towards sustainable societies in Germany and abroad. The Institute joined the Helmholtz Association in 2023 and is affiliated with the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.
Its research approach is transdisciplinary, transformative, and co-creative. The Institute cooperates with partners in science, political and communal institutions, the business community, and civil society to develop solutions to sustainability challenges that enjoy broad public support.
Its central research topics include the energy transition, climate change and socio-technical transformations, as well as sustainable governance and participation. A strong network of national and international partners and a Fellow Programme supports the work of the Institute.