Prof. Dr. habil. Wolfgang Schluchter teaches and does research on environmental social science issues, currently for instance on the dismantling of industrial structures in Eggesin/Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. He asks himself, of what a development needs to consist of in order to be environmentally compatible and at the same time sustainable. In any case necessary is the consideration of ecological limitations and the development of adjusted technology. But without the involvement of humans that cause both the disadvantages and devastations in order to enjoy good living conditions and are at the same time the victims of their own goals and actions, a sustainable development cannot take place. This difficulty results on the one hand in the scientific research questions of of the chair of environmental questions of social sciences and on the other hand for the area of World Heritage. As in a world that is increasingly affected by the consequences of climate change, ecological questions are increasingly unavoidable. How for instance involvement of civil society and heritage can be linked together or how heritage can be used for the communication of environmental awareness, are highly relevant questions in this context. Prof. Schluchter will supervise Ph.D.-topics in focus area 3.