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The German Research Foundation (DFG) network SONA – the voice of sociology in the sustainability debate

The German Research Foundation (DFG) network SONA – the voice of sociology in the sustainability debateThe German Research Foundation (DFG) network SONA – the voice of sociology in the sustainability debate

Sustainability is not just an ecological issue, but also a social one. The DFG-funded ‘SONA – The Sociology of Sustainability’ Academic Network brings a sociological perspective to the debate.

Sustainability – where does this term come from? What’s behind it? Which social issues does it encompass? Professor Anna Henkel is convinced that sociology can make a substantial contribution to this topic. The researcher holds the University of Passau’s Chair of Sociology of Technology and Sustainable Development.

In 2017, she initiated the DFG-funded ‘SONA – The Sociology of Sustainability’ Academic Network. It brings together sociologists from a variety of different subfields in order to incorporate a sociological perspective within the debate surrounding sustainability.

‘Sustainability is a social issue. The debate is currently still too focused on ecological and technical aspects, as can be seen in the discussion on reducing CO2 emissions. An