ACCESS - Advancing Capacity for Climate  and Environment Social Science
ACCESS - Advancing Capacity for Climate  and Environment Social Science
Patrick Devine-Wright speaking at the ACCESS Assembly

Webinar Series

A series of ACCESS webinars have been designed to address practical topics in environmental social science.

Each webinar will focus on one or more of the 5 core areas of work within ACCESS:

  • Enabling successful interdisciplinary working
    case studies and stories from the social science community of best (and worst!) practice in collaborative working across research, policy & practice
  • Building capacity and empowering social scientists
    conversations about required skills and training needs for social scientists in the knowledge exchange and impact space
  • Supporting innovative and agile social science responses
    exploring solutions to mobilise social science insights more effectively and effect change across policy and practice
  • Championing social science
    promoting and communicating the value of social science knowledge, methods and data to different audiences
  • Embedding the ACCESS Guiding Principles
    examining ways to embed Environmental Sustainability, Knowledge Co-Production and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion across environmental social science.

Why do we need Environmental Social Sciences?

Recorded 8 February 2024

Professor Birgitta Gatersleben (University of Surrey and Co Director of ACCESS) explored how Environmental Social Sciences (ESS) are essential to help address environmental issues, which are ultimately social issues.

This talk outlined what we mean by ESS and why it is needed to address the environmental challenges that we face. Birgitta drew on some of the findings from work in ACCESS Work Package 1.

Pictures of Lorraine Whitmarsh and Birgitta Gatersleben

Behaviour change and the climate emergency: policy choices to drive social action

Thursday 7 March 1 to 2pm, online

In this talk, Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh will outline 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 webinar will be chaired by Professor Birgitta Gatersleben.

This webinar is a partnership between Campaign for Social Science as part of their project Election 24: ideas for change based on social science evidence and ACCESS.  Register here

Who are these webinars for?

Our interactive webinars provide insights into environmental social science concepts and methods. They are designed for people interested in environmental social science from a range of backgrounds.

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When will the webinars be held?

Our webinar series starts in February 2024 and we aim to run about 8 webinars each year.

The webinars will be held online and are expected to last up to 1 hour. Generally, they will start with a talk from the presenter, followed by questions from the online audience.

We will announce upcoming speakers, dates and registration details here, in our newsletter and on our social media channels X and LinkedIn.  Do sign up and follow us to find out more.

Previous webinars

Applying the Behaviour Change Wheel to biodiversity policy

Melissa Marselle

How do we tackle climate and the biodiversity crises simultaneously? To enable transformative change, effective human behaviour in support of nature conservation is urgently required. Melissa Marselle explains how the Behaviour Change Wheel can help us understand how current policies and interventions can be more effective.

Part of this work – using the Behaviour Change Wheel to audit the content of National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plans –  was published in the IPBES Values Assessment Chp 5, Section

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