The prevailing pattern of economic and social development all too often fails to deliver progress for all and to respect our planetary boundaries. We see climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation caused by economic development that is accompanied by persistent or even rising inequality, poverty, and hunger. The current multiple crises are reinforcing some of these global problems. Simultaneously meeting the global challenges of achieving sustainable and inclusive development requires strong interdisciplinary and international research collaboration. However, research at the interface of environment and development is often hampered by traditional academic boundaries. New ideas and fresh research approaches as well as inter-disciplinary exchange are needed.
This is why several German research institutes ATB, GIGA, IGZ, RWI, PIK, ZALF and ZMT – all members of the Leibniz Association – regularly organize the Leibniz Environment and Development Symposium (LEADS). The aim of LEADS is to foster interdisciplinary exchange and stimulate collaboration on global societal challenges among and between early-career researchers and senior scholars. LEADS 2023 was hosted by RWI’s Economic Policy Lab "Climate Change, Development and Migration".
LEADS 2023 featured presentations in different formats of excellent research papers that address challenges at the interface of environment and development, both quantitatively and qualitatively. The symposium provided ample opportunities for academic discussion and networking to explore new research collaborations. Two keynote lectures by Mascha Rauschenbach (DEval) and Erwin Bulte (Wageningen University) complemented the program.
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