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Welcome to NISANSA – the joint project by University of Marburg and University of Gießen complements climate change research with regional and social science perspectives, focusing on the Global South. The project investigates which climate change impacts the societies of the Global South (southern Africa and northern South America) are confronted with, which potentials exist to react to them and which implications this has for the global North, Europe and Germany.

The question of adequate social reactions to the consequences of climate change is one of the central challenges for the future.

The joint project NISANSA complements climate change research with regional and social science perspectives, focusing on the global South. The project investigates which climate change impacts the societies of the global South (southern Africa and northern South America) are confronted with, which potentials exist to respond to them and which implications this has for the global North, Europe and Germany.

Research Interest

Focus on Global South

Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa) 


Northern South America (Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela)

  • What are the consequences of climate change in and for the countries and regions in the Global South?
  • How do they address climate change and its consequences?
  • What are the social implications for these regions, and what possibilities and potential exists to react to them?
  • Which programs and institutional structures are used to address the impacts of climate change?
  • Which practices of sustainable action emerge (sustainability innovation)?
  • And what are the consequences for the Global North, Europe, and Germany?

The joint project between the UMR and the JLU investigates these questions from a transregional and comparative perspective, focusing on Southern Africa and Northern South America. The aim is to generate sound knowledge about the social consequences of climate change in these regions. The project aims systematically complement current climate research with regional and social science perspectives. Natural sciences and statistical climate models primarily characterize climate research. However, climate change is not only a matter of climatological and ecological change, but it also implies political and cultural responses and societal transformations.

In a group of seven subprojects, the interdisciplinary joint project between the Philipps-University of Marburg and the Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen has been investigating these questions in countries in southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa) and northern South America (Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela) since July 2021.

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Publication

March 2022

Policy Advice Strategies for Climate Change Adaption in International Cooperation with Malawi and Namibia

Sara Lüttich & Matthias Rompel
Teilprojekt 7

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SASSCAL

April 21st 2022, Windhoek Namibia

SASSCAL to celebrate 10 years of excellence in climate change research



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1st NISANSA to be announced

May 20th 2022

The first NISANSA-Symposium is now set for July 11th 2022 taking place at Philipps-University of Marburg. Further Information will be prvided shortly.

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