ACCESS - Advancing Capacity for Climate  and Environment Social Science
ACCESS - Advancing Capacity for Climate  and Environment Social Science

Welcome to ACCESS

ACCESS is a funded programme of work providing leadership on the social science contribution to tackling and solving a range of climate and environmental problems.

We recognise that technology alone is not enough.

And we are working to share our understanding of how people, our societies and our systems need to change and adapt to create a healthier environment and meet our net zero goals.

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ACCESS Flex Fund Round 2 Webinar – Recording is now available

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Why do we need Environmental Social Sciences? Ready to view ACCESS Webinar

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ACCESS Flex Fund Round 2 now open

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“The social sciences act as a secret sauce in ways that catalyse more effective and impactful research and innovation…”

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The ACCESS Expert Database

This is a searchable database of social scientists and experts. Useful for people looking for information or collaboration, in the fields of climate and environment.

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Guiding Principles

The work of ACCESS is underpinned by three Guiding Principles

  • Sustainability
  • Knowledge Co-production
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We see these areas as inextricably linked. Issues of equity and justice are at the heart of sustainability, and the inclusion of diverse perspectives is critical for delivering sustainable solutions.

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  • The aims of the ACCESS project
  • Our Guiding Principles
  • Find out who is in our ACCESS network and how we are working together.

Interested in joining the ACCESS Network? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter

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Explore here for opportunities to build your knowledge, upskill and make a difference.

  • ACCESS Summer school
  • Leadership college
  • Annual assembly
  • Links to masterclasses, webinars and lots more.
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Knowledge exchange


  • Find ACCESS articles and reports.
  • Explore an easy to use database of UK environmental social science related datasets.
  • Use our bespoke rapid response service.
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View case studies, explainer guides and more. See what impact our work and the wider social science community is having at UK decision-making, community and individual levels.

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Information about the Flex Fund can be found here.

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