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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Pre-announcement: Flex Fund Round 2

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Blog Dr Alice Moseley and Dr Rebecca Sandover talking about the Place-based engagement at Postive Lights venue in Exeter

Where we live next – how can policy help to SHAPE sustainable places?

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Psychologists uniquely placed to help tackle climate change

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Join the Catapult Network Researchers in Residence scheme

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The ACCESS Expert Database

This searchable database of social scientists and experts is currently under construction. We hope it will be a useful tool 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


  • Explore an easy to use database of UK environmental social science related datasets.
  • Use our bespoke rapid response service.
  • Find reports from our expert task force on today’s big environmental questions.
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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.

Flex Fund projects will also be showcased here.

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