The systematic and comprehensive research of the interdependence between culture (cultural issues) and sustainable development is still a novelty in the field of sustainability research. The diversity of the theoretical basis and the linking of the different discourses show how comprehensive the approach in the ITAS-project is.
Cultural theories and cultural scientific research are linked to theories about sustainability, concepts of sustainability, and relevant research of sustainability. The cultural dimension of sustainable development is not to be considered as "byproduct of sustainable development" any more but perceived and researched as an effective and modeling instance. A matter of common concern is to reflect the meaning and difficulty of cultural change with regard to the globally demanded sustainable development – without quickly reducing the significance of the various elements of "culture" and "cultural issues".
The aim is to examine and work through the complex field of interdependence between culture and sustainable development. As part of it, ITAS organized or co-organized various international conferences and workshops and edited numerous publications.
The emphasis is on the consideration of cultural and cultural scientific perspectives on activities and concepts of sustainability on the one hand and research into cultural patterns and deeper research about the use of goods on the other hand. Furthermore, we consider cross-cultural differences in understanding sustainability, cultural change and cultural heritage.