Humanecological research aims at reaching comprehensive analyses of man – environment – relationships.

Systems thinking, indisciplinary collaboration and engagement for inevitable societal transformations characterize the work of human ecologists all over the world.

Who we are

The German Society for Human Ecology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Humanökologie, DGH) tries to foster human ecology in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Topics like responsible use of resources, consumption and lifestyles, climate change, or opportunities and risks of digitisation are issues treated at our conferences, in study groups or initiatives in support of young researchers.

What we do

Our annual conferences are intended to serve as impulse for research, teaching and society. In study groups we deepen our understanding of complex questions or develop projects. Our findings are made public via academic publishing.


The German Society for Human Ecology (DGH) interacts with other scientific communities – mainly environmental and sustainability sciences – by way of scientific publications. Book series, the quarterly DGH-Communications, and papers in peer-reviewed Journals.

Humanökologie, Kultur und Ernährung

DGH- Jahrestagung 2022

19. bis 21. Mai 2022

Sommerhausen am Main

DGH Jahrestagung 2021

Die für den Mai 2021 geplante Jahrestagung musste Corona-bedingt ausfallen. Stattdessen fanden zwei Online-Tagungen statt:

Resilienz der Ernährung von Ballungsgebieten (6.-8.Mai 2021) und ein Treffen der Studiengruppen „Systemtheorie“ und „Systemische Ernährungsökologie“ am 17.09.2021.

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People & Projects

The exchange of ideas and experiences across disciplines and generations is the key feature of our association. Even the busiest members save the date of the annual conferences in order to participate in a scientific discourse which is unique: open, critical, controversial, creative and constructive.

Christine von Weizsäcker

Recent Publications

Systemökologie resilienter Ernährung von Ballungsggebieten

Bedarf und Potential einer nachhaltigen Landwirtschaft

Ein Virus verändert unser Weltverhältnis

Felix Tretter, Tobias Gaugler, Claudia Bieling, Christine Tretter, Emil Underberg, Gabriele Harrer-Puchner, Angela Franz-Balsen
GAIA 29/2 (2020): 83-87

Human-, Kultur- und Ethnoökologie

Parto Teherani-Krönner, Bernhard Glaeser Natur und Landschaft 95/9+10 (2020): 407-417 (PDF)
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