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PLUS Changers in the Spotlight 20: Leuphana

In the twentieth edition of our series, PLUS Changers in the Spotlight, we introduce The Leuphana University Lüneburg, located in Germany.


Leuphana University Lüneburg, recognised as a University for Civil Society, offers academic pursuits across three schools and five faculties. Renowned for its pioneering School of Sustainability, the first in Europe, Leuphana’s research priorities are education, culture, management, entrepreneurship, and public affairs. The university further prioritises research in digital technologies, critical cultures, democracy, sustainability, and diversity. Committed to fostering innovation, Leuphana actively supports start-ups, scholarships, networking, and project development and implementation.

Project Role

Leuphana is leading Task 2.2 on governance arrangements, tenure, and policy changes over time. This initiative aims to enhance our understanding of the historical development of land use changes, issues, and conflicts, while also exploring the role of policy and governance arrangements over time. The research group possesses abundant experience in sustainable governance, both theoretically and practically, which empowers them to conduct a comprehensive comparative case analysis over time, spanning across the 12 practice cases.


The pan-European collaboration is a most exciting aspect for Leuphana. The project offers a great opportunity to initiate a systematic comparative analysis on how governance has historically shaped and led to different land-use patterns across Europe. With the collaboration of all research and practical partners, the Leuphana partners believe the project will significantly contribute to future land-use decision-making, particularly in responding to climate change adaptation and mitigating biodiversity loss. 

“We believe our work will contribute to achieving more sustainable land use/land cover in Europe, assisting engaged actors in making informed and efficient decisions based on rigorous scientific evidence.”