SYSTRA is Fraunhofer ISI's internal
research program on system transitions to sustainability.
System transitions are fundamental
changes in the way societal functions are fulfilled. Transforming such systems
towards more sustainable modes of production and consumption is a cross-cutting
endeavor: system-wide sustainability transitions typically result from a series
of interrelated sectoral transitions, e.g. technological, social, economic, and
Cutting across all of Fraunhofer ISI's
Competence Centers, SYSTRA seeks to bundle and leverage Fraunhofer ISI's
existing expertise in sustainability transitions to provide cutting-edge
research on, and real-world application of, system transitions.
Beginning in 2019, the first phase of SYSTRA explored five basic themes of transitions research. The themes were identified in an Fraunhofer-ISI-wide, bottom-up process and explored in five working groups:
Since 2020, the second phase
of SYSTRA has funded 14 research projects led by and involving scientists from
all of Fraunhofer ISI's Competence Centers. Additionally, a webinar series will inform about SYSTRA's work and provide a forum for dialogues, e.g. between systems transitions scholars or between scholars and practitioners.