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The Kiel Earth Institute


The interdisciplinary Kiel Earth Institute (KEI) is an initiative of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
The KEI is a virtual research institution concerned with key issues of global change and its ecological and socio-economical consequences. Globalisation of economic activities, the scarcity of natural resources, and a changing environment are challenges all modern societies have to face. The KEI aims to develop practical solutions addressing these challenges and communicating them to society.
The development of strategies and instruments for dealing with these global challenges requires close cooperation between researchers from different disciplines including public and private decision-makers. Therefore, the KEI provides a platform to facilitate discussion and solution oriented cooperation:

KEI Activities

  • The KEI facilitates cooperation between researchers and decision-makers. It identifies relevant societal questions, analyses them, and develops practical solutions.
  • The KEI provides a forum that brings together expertise from the natural sci-ences, economics and social sciences.
  • The KEI supports the transfer of knowledge from its interdisciplinary research activities to society.

KEI Services

  • Translation of urgent societal problems into research questions that require an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Initiation of research projects.
  • Management of interdisciplinary projects.
  • Practical application of research results via consultancy services.
  • Delivery of research results to society.

KEI’s current research interest is concerned with the following topics: Land Use Conflicts – The Increasing Competition for Biomass, Instruments for Managing the Carbon Cycle, and Global Change – Consequences for the Economic Use of the Ocean.
The start-up phase of the KEI is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Re-search and the Ministry of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport of the State of Schleswig-Holstein.

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