The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is analysing the transformation in the global economy towards ecological sustainability from a number of angles. On the one hand, studies are being conducted on ways to shape the general conditions at global level: The Economic and Social Systems Programme is investigating the greening of international finance markets and trade and investment agreements, while the Environmental Governance Programme is examining specific environmental agreements. On the other hand, work is being done to explore transformation processes in developing countries and emerging economies. This work includes research into natural resource governance for the common good within the interplay between national and international policies. In this context, studies are being conducted with a particular focus on the interaction between climate policy and water and land management from a socio-environmental perspective (Environmental Governance). Another research group is dealing with the question of how the ecological restructuring of the economy can be harmonised with efforts to achieve international competitiveness and quality employment across the board (Sustainable Economic and Social Systems). These different approaches are set to be integrated to a greater extent in future with one another and with the relevant Annual Reports of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU).