Supplying the population

Interactions among demographic trends, needs and supply systems


In the interdisciplinary project research from natural and social sciences are studying interactions among demographic trends, needs and supply systems in a culturally comparative way.

The project focusses on the following questions:

- In which way are demographic trends relevant for transformations of supply systems?

- In which way does the performance of supply systems depend on the total number of humans to be supplied, their needs, social stauts, consumer behaviour and life style?

- What kind of design do supply systems need to react appropriately on changes in demographic trends?

The model oriented work is empirically supported by historic and current case studies carried out in selected regions. The team members use their results for academic qualifications (thesis, habilitations) as well as contributions to social-ecological research.

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political sciences

Research is conducted cooperatively among the Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE) and the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main.


The research project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research by its focal programme on social-ecological research (SÖF).

social sciences