Five main research interests have developed after different research projects.
- All topics of ecology and distribution, including climate change and (resource) distribution at all levels
- Various socioecologic fields of climate change (including pilot regions on climate policy, the policy of adaptation to climate change, incentive structures for a change in climate policy, measurement concepts for progress in climate policy.
- Measurement concepts for sustainable development
- China in general, especially ecology and sustainability in China.
- Last but not least contributions to the theory of sustainable development are necessary