Karl-Heinz Simon works as a systems researcher at the Center for Environmental Systems Research (University of Kassel, Germany). He studied Electrical Engineering, Philosophy, and Sociology and received a PhD in Planning Science. At present, his main interests are in social-ecological research and society-environment interactions.
Open peer commentary on the article “Observing Environments” by Hugo F. Alrøe & Egon Noe. Upshot: The following remarks elaborate on the basic concepts of observation and environment. Some extensions are suggested, mainly from the perspective of Luhmann’s theory of social systems. Especially, the concept of structural couplings is given more emphasis, not least because of its relevance to the sustainability debate.
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