Ecologic Institute is an independent, academic think tank for environmental research and policy analysis. Since its founding in 1995, Ecologic Institute has been dedicated to improving environmental policy, sustainable development and policy practice. We strengthen the European and international dimensions in research, education and environmental policy discourse.
Our experts cover the entire spectrum of environmental policy, sustainable development and socio-ecological research. We are committed to mainstreaming environmental issues into other relevant policy areas. We research, support and evaluate political processes on the local, national, European and international levels, bringing together actors from academia, policy making and practice. The results are in-depth analyses and innovative recommendations. We are also committed to education and cooperate with different partners from across the globe including leading American and German universities.
Ecologic Institute is a private, not-for-profit think tank financed through its project work. Funders include the European Commission, the European Parliament, German Parliament, German ministries and agencies, civil society organizations and various foundations. Ecologic Institute operates without basic government funding. Donations are tax deductible.
We do independent research on pressing issues that are relevant to society and the environment. With our scientific output – be it reports, comparative studies, policy evaluations, metastudies or discussion papers – Ecologic Institute provides relevant insights for policymakers and stakeholders. Striving for impact, we cooperate with universities as well as with actors from society. Our inter- and transdisciplinary projects generate knowledge and solutions that guide the evolution of sustainable policies and their successful implementation. Our research topics include:
Our Ecologic Legal Team links environmental analysis and policymaking to legal frameworks and law-making processes. Our team of specialized lawyers works on various aspects of international, European and domestic environmental law. They analyze the governance challenges at hand and develop practical legal solutions.
A solid knowledge foundation helps build a better future. Ecologic Institute engages in education and capacity building around the world. This includes long-standing collaborations with Duke University, CU Denver, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Maryland. We also teach at German universities and offer national and international training covering the design and implementation of environmental policies. In addition, our international study tours convey knowledge across borders and open up spaces for discussion.
We create memorable events - be they conferences, summer academies, workshops, webinars or other formats. Our dedicated Events Team develops concepts fit for purpose, integrates innovative and interactive elements and ensures professional organization.
Excellent results need excellent outreach to create impact. Our Communications Team develops successful strategies to disseminate our research findings to targeted audiences. Our specialized information designers and web developers create classic and innovative online and offline materials such as websites, infographics, brochures, audio podcasts and videos. Team members have an in-depth understanding of the intersection between science and policy.