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What factors influence Environmental Social Science inclusion in policy and practice? ACCESS report


In this report authors Birgitta Gatersleben, George W. Warren, Valentine Seymour, Harry Marshall, and Gerardo A. Torres Contreras determined there are five themes that could influence Environmental Social Science impact on policy and practice in both positive and/or negative ways from the interviews; Perceived Value Accessibility Problem Framing Networks Timings and Relevance The report’s recommendations: Continue championing the value of ESS, […]


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Behaviour change and the climate emergency: policy choices to drive social action ACCESS & AcSS. Webinar recording


Lorraine from the University of Bath, outlined how behavioural science can inform efforts to engage the public with climate change, and how policy choices can drive social action to achieve net zero. The event was chaired by ACCESS Co-Director Professor Birgitta Gatersleben of the University of Surrey.  The webinar is one of several events which […]


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


Join Birgitta to find out how the social sciences can help solve todays climate and environmental challenges. Environmental social sciences (ESS) are essential to help address environmental issues, which are ultimately social issues. The problems that we face, discuss, worry about, and try to tackle are caused, defined, conceptualised and challenged by people as individuals, groups, […]


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How to make industrial decarbonisation relevant and fair for local communities? By Huei-Ling Lai


Update – Originally published on 17 October 2023 this blog has been updated with links to the project’s findings. All the project outputs (including 1 integrated framework, 3 contextualised action plans, and 1 policy brief) are now available on the IDRIC website. Also included is a recording of an online policy and practice workshop with […]


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The Crown Estate commissions vital research to understand the social impact of marine sectors on coastal communities


  Pamela is leading the review of evidence on the social impacts of marine sectors on coastal communities, on behalf of The Crown Estate. As manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, The Crown Estate plays a key role in the processes that regulate how the UK marine environment is used and […]


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Can Policy Fellowships help shape the future of Science-Policy Interface collaborations? 


    At a time where we grapple with complex poly- and perma-crises such as the climate emergency, cost of living crisis, and biodiversity crisis, rapid yet adequate responses are crucial. This requires effective collaboration between policymakers and the scientific community to co-produce solutions that can address the urgent socio-ecological challenges. The importance of social […]


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


  This week (Tuesday 7 November) I joined several ACCESS Co-Investigators at a British Academy event in Exeter city centre looking at what a future sustainable Exeter might look like. The workshop also included several other academics, an ACCESS Leadership college fellow (lovely to catch up Mandy Bisset from The Southampton Collective), as well as […]


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Eye-opening and thought-provoking: This year’s ACCESS Summer School by George Warren 


The summer school kicked off with an interesting insight into the ACCESS project from the project directors, Patrick Devine-Wright and Birgitta Gatersleben. They outlined how we as environmental social scientists can have a valuable impact on research, training and policy. As a new Knowledge Exchange Fellow on the ACCESS Project, it was inspiring to see […]


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ACCESS has established a social and behavioural change task force to help inform the UK’s Net Zero 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, […]


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