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

ACCESS Task Forces bring together world-leading social science expertise to focus on crucial and challenging policy areas. The first task force led by Karen Bickerstaff looks at net zero .

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

Together they developed a social science commentary on the UK Government Net Zero Research and Innovation Framework.

The next task force will be led by Michael Winter and will focus on bio-diversity.

More information to follow soon.

Net Zero Task Force meeting
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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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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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