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

What are Environmental Social Sciences?

Environmental Social Sciences (ESS) are essential to help address environmental issues such as climate change and environmental degradation, which are ultimately social issues.  However, the value of ESS are still often underestimated, and it can be challenging for environmental social scientists within and outside of academia to explain to colleagues, funders and decision-makers how useful and important they are.

ACCESS is taking a co-productive approach to the creation of a definition, dimensions and operationalisation of what we mean by ESS.

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What is ESS? ACCESS interview report

This report focuses on interviews conducted with environmental social scientists in academic and non-academic roles to help build a shared understanding.

This report is also covered in the webinar, Why do we need Environmental Social Sciences?

ACCESS Data Exchange

The ACCESS Data Exchange is a signposting application that will provide a search tool, quick start guides and further information about a collection of UK environmental social science-related datasets which have been produced by a range of different organisations.

This includes datasets from official government statistics to climate-focused opinion surveys.

The aim of this tool is to aid environmental social scientists in accessing and using datasets to support research and decision-making in solving climate and environmental problems.

The data exchange is being created by the Data Working Group, data providers and users in government, universities and other public organisations. If you would like to learn more about the group and the project please contact us.

Watch our ACCESS Data Exchange session at ACCESS Assembly 2023 for the latest update.

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Rapid Response Requests

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

We can

  • Provide a rapid summary of evidence and key debates on a defined topic to help inform a new policy
  • Offer advice and feedback on policy questions, proposals or ideas
  • Help scope and frame areas of work evidence gaps or research requirements.
  • Provide a bridging point between professionals and social scientists working across the environment and climate domain.

ACCESS Environmental Social Sciences Framework

The ACCESS Environmental Social Sciences Framework will help organisations increase the visibility and use of social science in research, training, policy and practice to address climate and other environmental challenges.

The framework is being created by the ACCESS network and users in government, universities, and other public organisations.

If you would like to find out more about the group and the project please contact us

ACCESS Media Monitor

We are developing a media monitoring tool which tracks a wide range of social media and traditional news media.

The team are currently

  • Looking at different ways people could interrogate the data
  • Finalising the initial list of news sources, social media platforms and account lists
  • Developing a user friendly front-end dashboard.

If you have any thoughts or suggestions for the media monitor please  contact us

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