Universities in society – Real-world experiments of transformative learning and research for a culture of sustainability: methodological accompaniment and coordination of real-world experiments (KuNaH)

Project description

In recent years, a wide range of initiatives and approaches have been developed and tested at German universities to implement the guiding principle of sustainable development. Even though new knowledge, concepts, and methods for implementation at universities could be elaborated in this way, there is still a lack of integrative approaches that systematically bring together the various academic fields of action as a whole-institution approach and promote a comprehensive “culture of sustainability” at universities.

Against this background, the KuNaH research project aims to establish and test an integrative research and development perspective on a culture of sustainability at universities. In this context, culture(s) of sustainability are understood as the lived practice and ongoing formal and informal processes of shaping paradigms, goals, and systemic framework conditions to promote sustainability transformation (out of) the university. The central question is how a culture of sustainability at universities can be conceptualized and described as an integrative aspect of a sustainability transformation and how it can be investigated and stimulated through real-world experiments at the respective universities.

Karlsruhe Transformation Center for Sustainability and Cultural Change (KAT) is involved in stakeholder and environment analysis and in charge of the cooperative conception and implementation of the real-world experiments at KIT in the fields of “Guiding principles for sustainability at KIT” and “Sustainability in innovation management and knowledge transfer” with the relevant stakeholders.

Moreover, KAT plays a decisive role in accompanying the real-world experiments at the partner universities. To this end, an overarching orientation and documentation scheme will be developed and individual counseling provided if necessary.


Book Chapters
Parodi, O.; Seebacher, A.
Ethische Aspekte der Reallaborarbeit
2023. Interventionen in Reallaboren : Ein Handbuch für die Praxis. Hrsg.: S. L’Orange Seigo, 53–59, ETH Zürich 
Parodi, O.; Steglich, A.; Bylund, J.
Real-World Lab
2023. Handbook Transdisciplinary Learning. Ed.: T. Philipp, 287–296, transcript Verlag 
Parodi, O.; Wamsler, C.; Dusseldorp, M.
Personal Sustainability
2023. Handbook Transdisciplinary Learning. Ed.: T. Philipp, 277–286, transcript Verlag 
Parodi, O.; Wendeberg, E.
Das Leitbild Nachhaltige Entwicklung
2023. Interventionen in Reallaboren : Ein Handbuch für die Praxis. Hrsg.: S. L’Orange Seigo, 44–52, ETH Zürich 
Albiez, M.
Die Welt verbessern, wie geht das? Zweite Ausgabe
2023. Effektvoll am KIT. Tag der offenen Tür (2023), Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany, June 17, 2023 
Albiez, M.
Reallabore: von Nachhaltigkeitsutopien und wissenschaftlicher Exzellenz
2023, April 11. 1. Spring School an der Hochschule für Gesellschaftsgestaltung (2023), Koblenz, Germany, April 11–15, 2023 
Parodi, O.
Real-world lab - a transdisciplinary and transformative approach
2023. Science Day (ZALF 2023), Müncheberg, Germany, November 9, 2023 
Parodi, O.
Reallabor und Realexperimente: Auf dem Weg zu einer Typologie des Experimentierens
2023. Workshop „Experimentieren in offenen Systemen – zur Epistemologie von Reallaboren (II)" (2023), Bielefeld, Germany, October 20, 2023 
Parodi, O.
On the way to a cultural theory of sustainability transformation
2023, July 2. Kick-off Belmont-Projekt CO-SFSC (2023), Karlsruhe, Germany, July 2, 2023 
Parodi, O.
Nachhaltigkeit und Kultur - einige wesentliche Beziehungen
2023. Green Culture Auftakt (2023), Reutlingen, Germany, January 25, 2023 
Parodi, O.; Albiez, M.
Nachhaltigkeit als gesellschaftliche Herausforderung
2023. Symposium "Energie-Campus" (2023), Karlsruhe, Germany, November 17, 2023 
Parodi, O.; Engel, B.; Neppl, M.; Volk, R.; Schreider, C.
Stadtforschungsstrategie am KIT – Wissen bündeln, Wandel gestalten
2023. Workshop Stadt.Forschung, Klima & Umwelt (2023), Karlsruhe, Germany, June 30, 2023 
Parodi, O.; Schwichtenberg, R.; Stelzer, F.; Rhodius, R.; Schreider, C.; Wirth, T. von; Lang, D.; Marg, O.; Wagner, F.; Egermann, M.; Bauknecht, D.; Wanner, M.
Stellungnahme des Netzwerks „Reallabore der Nachhaltigkeit“ zur Initiative des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Klimaschutz (BMWK) für ein Reallabore-Gesetz
2023. Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) 


Dr. Oliver Parodi
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 721 608-26816