The research group Democratic Governance for Ecopolitical Transformations is realigning itself to better reflect the Institute's understanding of its mission. Born out of three separate research projects in early 2019, the group applies the RIFS methodology to identify opportunities for democratic transformations towards sustainable societies and to support their development.
The actual research process entails a critical appraisal of democratic innovations, followed by the development of prototypes in transformative labs and their co-creative implementation, in particular in the Amazon region. Research results from similar projects such as Social Transformation and Policy Advice in Lusatia are applied to support this work. The research group also cooperates with other RIFS projects and groups, for example with the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 on the implementation of the first labs, which will explore how technological innovations can serve democratic transformations towards sustainability.