Forschung - Governance & Sustainability Lab

The Governance & Sustainability Lab takes up the challenge of exploring political solutions and novel, more effective governance mechanisms to cope with the current ecological transitions and to steer global development towards sustainability.

Empirically we study how politics and power shape practises of resource and land use. Conceptually we find infrastructures as socio-technical systems particularly relevant in transforming societal relationships to nature.

Currently, there is a major research project on urban waterscapes ( and a project on Border Studies ongoing. Please see also the announcements of conferences and workshops as well as our recent publications and conference talks.

WaterPower Research Group

WaterPower is a laboratory for experimenting novel ways of doing research based on the integration of multiple disciplines, approaches, methods and non-academic knowledge through dialogue and collaboration. We contribute to current debates on society-nature relations by mapping, analysing and understanding processes that unfold in the urban water sphere. Our analysis critically study the interplay of social, ecological, socio-economic, techno-managerial and political processes and how they play out in place and scale.


WaterPower is funded by the BMBF (2014-2019)

Website WaterPower

Watch the short animated graphic on the water issues of Accra:


European Center for Border Studies

Since January 2018 the Universities of the Greater Region ("Universität der Großregion - UniGR") have implemented a transboundary project to develope a European hub for Border Studies. The project will last three years and is funded by the European Union. Six Universities, University of Luxemburg, Technical University of Kaiserslautern, University of Liege, University of Lorraine, Saarland University and Trier University with in total about 80 researchers are eager to explore the realities of life of those living at the border and the effect on culture, economy, politics and social dimensions. The partners within the Interreg VA programm Großregion can rely on funding of 3,6 million euro, of which 2 million are fundings of the European Union (Source: University of the Greater Region). At the Governance and Sustainability Lab, Rebekka Kanesu is currently working in the Interreg project "Center for Border Studies". As a cultural- and social anthropologist she is interessted in questions of human-environment interaction and more-than-human connections. In her PhD project she will combine boder studies with nature-culture relations while using an anthropological lens and theoretical inspiration from assemblage theory as well as sustainability science.