Socio-Ecological Transformation

Digitalization for Sustainability – Science in Dialogue

2020 – 2022

Research on digitalization and its manifold implications for social justice and environmental integrity has been gaining momentum in recent years. A number of analyses show that current forms of digitalization tend to accelerate economic and social inequalities while environmental costs outweigh environmental benefits. Hence, the need for societal and political action to reshape digitalization is becoming increasingly clear. But what core elements of sustainable digitalization contribute to a deep sustainability transformation, and how can they be implemented?

The European research network “Digitalization for Sustainability – Science in Dialogue” (D4S) seeks to develop interdisciplinary approaches for a sustainable global future at a time of rapidly developing digital technologies and applications. Drawing on the expertise of a panel of 15 established researchers in a number of scientific disciplines from European universities, think tanks, and civil society organizations, the project aims to enhance science policy discourse following three approaches:

  1. delivering a comprehensive analysis of the status quo
  2. developing guidelines, design principles, policies and new institutions
  3. outlining an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research agenda


The project is coordinated by Professor Dr. Tilman Santarius and his team at the Einstein Center Digital Future and funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

You can find further information about the project here.