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Dare to be more sensuous!


Just as overcoming democratic deficits required and still requires the (scientific) development and (practical) testing of new democratic institutions and participatory procedures, addressing the sensuality deficits of sustainable development requires innovations in science and practice. Conceptual and methodological approaches to sensory sustainability research can, by means of ethnographic and art-based methods, contribute to the exploration of the multisensory realities of human experience, as well as enable reflections and open up new perspectives in experimental practice projects. However, isolated scientific and civil society initiatives are not sufficient for a sensual-aesthetic transformation in how we shape the future.

We need a sensual-aesthetic transformation in how we shape the future.



We need to professionally and routinely integrate sensual-aesthetic dimensions in sustainability-oriented design processes, a process analogous to the establishment of scientific policy advice in recent decades and the institutionalization of public participation and participation procedures. Not only science and civil society, but above all politics – insofar as it seeks to promote quality of life for citizens – is therefore called upon to dare to be more sensuous!






Heinrichs, H. (2018): Sustainability Science with Ozzy Osbourne, Julia Roberts and Ai Weiwei: The Potential of Arts-Based Research for Sustainable Development. GAIA, 27,1, pp. 132-137.


Heinrichs, H. (2019): Strengthening Sensory Sustainability Science – Theoretical and Methodological Considerations. Sustainability, 11, 3, 769.