The sofia research group aims to support regulatory choice at every level of public legislative bodies (EC, national or regional). It also analyses and improves the strategy of public and private organizations.
The sofia team is multidisciplinary: Lawyers and economists are collaborating with engineers as well as social and natural scientists. The theoretical basis is the interdisciplinary behaviour model of homo oeconomicus institutionalis, considering the formal (e.g. laws and contracts) and informal (e.g. rules of fairness) institutional context of individual behaviour.
The areas of research cover
- Product policy/REACh
- Land use strategies
- Role of standardization bodies
- Biodiversity and nature conversation
- Water and energy management
- Electronic public participation
- Economic opportunities deriving from environmental legislation
- Self responsibility
sofia is working on behalf of the
- German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
- Hessian Ministry of Economics
- German Institute for Standardization (DIN)
- German Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
- German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
- Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
sofia is responsible for editing and content of the publication elni Review (link to the elni homepage) a double-blind peer-reviewed, bi-annual, english language law journal of the Environmental Law Network International (elni), as well as the elni fora initiative which brings together environmental lawyers from all over the world.
If you have any questions concerning these activities of sofia, please contact Martin Führ (eMail) or Nicola Below (eMail).