An investment of £6.25million will be invested in the creation of a five-year program of environmental science research in the UK
The team will bring together social scientists and organizations to bring more evidence-based information to policy-making and research.
The ACCES (Advancing Capacity for Climate and Environment Social Science) five-year program will aim to:
- Map, assess and learn from current expertise;
- Equip environmental social scientists with the knowledge and skills needed to support policy or institutional change;
- Create a world-class data and information hub to enable innovative solutions.
“Carbon neutrality by 2050”
The Collaborative Climate and Environmental Social Science Program will be led by the Universities of Exeter and Surrey as part of a core team comprising:
- University of Bath;
- University of Leeds;
- University of Sussex;
- And the Natural Environment Social Research Network (Natural Resources Wales, NatureScot, Natural England, Environment Agency and Forest Research).
Acting Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Professor Alison Park, said: “The UK Government has set a national target of being carbon neutral by 2050 and an interim target of reducing carbon emissions. 78% by 2035. The ecological crisis requires social science research knowledge, leadership and coordination across disciplines to catalyze the change required.
Behavioral change plays a role in nearly two-thirds of emissions reductions.
Most of this comes from consumer adoption of low-carbon technologies such as electric cars, but 8% of total emissions reductions come from direct changing practices – meaning there are the hope that the production of emissions from the United Kingdom will be modified.
“We are in a climate and ecological crisis”
ACCESS team leader, Professor Patrick Devine-Wright, who is also a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III, said: “We We are in a climate and ecological crisis, with profound implications for humanity and our planet. . Urgent and substantial action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is needed today involving profound institutional and behavioral change, as well as socio-technical transitions in all sectors.
“This multi-faceted crisis demands the skills, ideas and leadership of social scientists in research, policy-making and action.
“We need to increase the accessibility, agility and use of social science, as well as further develop the skills to support decision-makers, and with this excellent investment and team, the UK can lead the way.”