ACCESS - Advancing Capacity for Climate  and Environment Social Science
ACCESS - Advancing Capacity for Climate  and Environment Social Science
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Scoping funding areas for ESRC

ACCESS contributes to scoping future transformative social science and interdisciplinary research within the area of climate and environment. Using diverse stakeholder perspectives, we aim to ensure strategic research outcomes that will make a difference.

One of the ways ACCESS is enabling social scientists to play an influential, leading role in addressing environmental challenges is through our work with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Rapid Response Requests

This is a bespoke request service for Environmental and Climate Research and Analysis.

We can

  • Offer advice and feedback on policy questions, proposals or ideas.
  • Help scope and frame research requirements.
  • Provide a bridging point between professionals and social scientists working across the environment and climate domain.

We have worked with a range of groups including Defra, BEIS/DESNZ, the Welsh Government, the Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and Forest Research.

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ACCESS Net Zero Task Force

ACCESS has established a social and behavioural change task force to help inform the UK’s Net Zero policymaking.

A group of ten social scientists, leading experts in environmental and climate change from geography, psychology, anthropology, sociology, politics and medicine have been tasked with providing evidence for effective policymaking.

Together with Government departments, devolved administrations and nature agencies, they’ll be developing a social science commentary on the UK Government Net Zero Research and Innovation Framework.

As part of this process, the task force will look at where policy interventions, have successfully translated into social change. E.g., reduction in smoking, declining use of plastic bags, adherence to lockdown restrictions and adoption of LED lighting.

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How can I get involved?

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact ACCESS Research Impact Fellow Steve Guilbert.

There will be several opportunities through events to get involved. Subscribe to our weekly ACCESS newsletter to find out when these will be.

ACCESS Task Forces will be an annual initiative, bringing together world-leading social science expertise to focus on crucial and challenging policy areas. Net Zero is the first of four. Each one will be on a different topic related to the environment.

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