Details for Carl von Ossietzky University, Department of Economics and Law

Participant Status


Type of Organization


Type of Education

Undergraduate, Post Graduate, Doctoral

Institution is part of

University of Oldenburg


Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany


Sign Up Date to PRME

26 May 2015

Current Sharing Information on Progress Report Submission

Not Available

Letter of ​Commitment (2015)

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Achievements Curriculum Integration in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

For over 40 years sustainability research and teaching is important at the University of Oldenburg: At the beginning the university focused on water and coastal research as well as renewable energies being located close to the North Sea. However, interdisciplinary initiatives were created to merge mutual methodological and content interest and sustainability became also a core issue in the Department of Business Administration Economics and Law making the University of Oldenburg a leading university for sustainability economics, management and science in Germany.

To further support and nourish CSR and sustainability aspects in the curriculum…
• All institutes of the department (Institute of Business and Business Education, the Institute of Economics, the Institute of Law, and the Institute of Economics Education) incorporate these issues in a wide variety of courses such as for example
 International Sustainability Management
 Corporate Social Responsibility
 Ecological Economics
 Environmental Law
 Sustainable Supply Chain Management
• We design and offer special sustainability related Master’s and Bachelor’s programs
 Sustainability Economics and Management (Master degree)
 Water and Coastal Management (Master degree)
 Sustainability Economics (Bachelor degree, beginning October 2015)
• The foundation to ensure a continuous incorporation of PRME issues and even beyond that are also the different chairs within the department or the university related to sustainability such as e.g.
 Ecological Economics
 Innovation and Sustainability
 Production and Environment
 Environmental and Development Economics
 Wind Energy Systems
 Landscape Ecology
• As all sustainability matters are highly linked they need an inter- and/or transdisciplinary cooperation. Therefore we have established a comprehensive master cluster combining Master’s programs from different fields of sustainability to enhance the interdisciplinary collaboration and research among the different programs. These are:
 European Master in Renewable Energy
 Postgraduate Program in Renewable Energy
 Environmental Modelling
 Very Large Business Administration with specialization on environmental information systems
 Marine Environmental Sciences
 Landscape Ecology
 Sustainability Economics and Management
 Water and Coastal Management
• To open our courses to students and scholars from various fields of interests that are not assigned to the department – not only students that belong to the master cluster but also to bachelor students that are for example enrolled in
 Landscape Ecology
 Environmental Science
 Business Studies and Economics (we offer a sustainability specialization for the bachelor degree)
 Or other degrees

As for other learning vehicles, better practical approaches, as well as for a better connection with practitioners and research…
• We have different trans- and interdisciplinary networks that build a strong network between university and the economy e.g.
 COAST – Climate, Energy, Society (Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research)
 CENTOS (Oldenburg Center for Sustainability Economics and Management)
• We are engaged in a wide variety of national and international societies e.g. ISEE
• We publish our own Sustainability Report. Students are involved in the process to integrate their potential as well as commitment and to give them the possibility to apply their expertise at their university.

Achievements Research Development in the Field of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability

The University of Oldenburg has a strong connection to their affiliated academic research institutes that are working interdisciplinary in the variety of sustainability topics:
• COAST - Climate, Energy, Society (Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research)
 Unites activities in the field of sustainability sciences, linking natural and social sciences, economics, computing sciences and renewable energies focusing on the connection between societies and the environment in coastal areas
 Specialization in the research in climate adoption, sea and coast, regional energy supply, governance, biodiversity and development
 Fosters interdisciplinary research projects of the involved research institutes and supports the involvement of external partners
• CENTOS (Oldenburg Center for Sustainability Economics and Management)
 Is concerned with environmental economic analyses, and with the design of processes of change and learning in companies and other stakeholders in society
 Combines scientific competence and activities in the area of environmental economics and sustainability management which have been developed over the course of the past two decades at the University of Oldenburg
• ForWind (Center for Wind Energy Research of the University of Bremen, Hannover and Oldenburg)
 Core research topic is the utilization of offshore wind energy
 Qualification of specialists and executive employees

• Next Energy (Research Center for Energy)
 Is actively helping to shape the technological changes on the path towards future-proof energy provision
 EWE Research Center (EWE is a local service provider for energy, information technology and telecommunication)
• OFFIS (Institute for Information Technology): Research topics include: e.g. system analysis and optimization. smart resource integration, simulation and automation of complex energy
• Computational Fluid and system Dynamics (Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology)
• Fraunhofer Project Groups (Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM)
• CEM (Centrum for Environmental Modelling): e.g. research in management of ecological systems and resources
• ZENARiO (Center for Sustainable Spatial Development): e.g. research in practical oriented, applied solutions for spatial related problems with sustainability impact
• Center for Interdisciplinary Female and Gender Studies: e.g. research in culturally related gender studies

Research focus of the department’s institutes
 Ecological Economics
 Environment and Resource Economics
 Environmental Education
 International Climate Policy
 Climate Protection and Energy Policy
 Environmental Policy
 Environmental Law
 Sustainable Spatial Development Science
 Climate Adaptive Governance
 Ecological and Corporate Ethics
 Ecosystem Services
 Corporate Citizenship
 Resource Management
 Sustainable Business
 Corporate
 Modelling of Institutions
 Behavioral Economics
 Environmental Business Information Systems
 Sustainability Reporting
 Sustainability Entrepreneurship
 Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Selected example for research projects that have been conducted successfully so far:

• Developing Sustainability: Energy, Environment and Societal Change
 Interdisciplinary research groups ( e.g. sustainability reporting)
 Regional development impulses (e.g. business and administration partnerships)

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