In this arena, researchers and students from engineering, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences join forces to address the challenges of climate change and climate protection to create sustainable, safe, and inclusive environments. These are key components to support individual, social, and planetary well-being and are being translated into a series of common research and educational projects.
- The first focus of this arena is on questions related to climate change and protection from the perspective of well-being. Bundling together the research expertise of all EUniWell partners and oriented towards SDGs, it addresses key climate-related topics such as water and air pollution, cloud observatories, and also the role of specific landscapes such as the Arctic, deserts or the Baltic Sea as well as research from economics and the social sciences on how to incentive climate protection.
- The second focus of this arena is the urban environment from the perspective of well-being. More than half of the world population lives in cities and this portion is still increasing. As Europe and the world continue to urbanise, future challenges for sustainable development and human well-being will be increasingly concentrated in cities. According to the UN, there is a need for integrated policies to improve the lives of urban dwellers. This is clearly expressed in the eleventh SDG, which is focused on making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.
- On the basis of our joined research strength, this arena takes a global approach with a focus on Africa and the global south.