How will Digitalization Change our Society?

Machines, products, and people are increasingly interconnected through information technology, but what are the consequences? Will we see a “smart green world”, with technological advances benefitting everyone – including the environment? Alternatively, are we heading towards a digital growth economy where money and power are bundled in the hands of a few, reaching the planetary boundaries even sooner? These questions are the starting point of the research group "Digitalization and Sustainability". It examines the opportunities and risks of digitalization for a reduction in energy and resource consumption and develops approaches for shaping digitalization politically and socially in a way that ensures its contribution to the necessary changes in society towards sustainability.


MAY 6, 2021, 15.00-18.00 CEST, online via Zoom

Join us for our International Symposium on European approaches to sustainable digitalization and discuss with us how digitalization can be shaped in a way that nurtures common goods and respects planetary boundaries.

More information and program can be found here.


  • Smart new world? IÖW and TU Berlin jointly research the socio-ecological impact of digitalization

    Can mobility apps relieve the environment or do they increase the CO2-emissions? Will onlineshopping increase consumption or will sharing platforms decrease it? The new junior research group “Digitalisation and Sustainability” will analyse whether resources can be spared or will rather be wasted due to the digital transformation and whether democratic processes will be supported or hindered. It is a cooperation of the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW) and the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) and funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Read more

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The project "Digitalization & Sustainability" is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung [BMBF] within the funding program "Junior research groups in Social-ecological research" (Nachwuchsgruppen in der Sozial-ökologischen Forschung). 

Funding Period: 05/2016 - 04/2021