Environmental- and climate problems pose serious challenges to society and the need for social change and sustainable transformation has been emphasized by science as well as policy institutions such as the United Nation. Social science research contributes with crucial knowledge and expertise necessary for a transformation of society towards a sustainable future.
The Center for Environmental and Sustainability Social Science (CESSS) constitute a platform that brings together and creates synergies between environmental and sustainability researchers within sociology, psychology, and political science. We also collaborate with adjacent social science disciplines to strengthen social science research about environmental and sustainability issues. CESSS emerges from a long history of initiatives and collaborations within the social sciences at Örebro University that lays a solid foundation for the environment’s multidisciplinary collaboration.
CESSS works to enable a constructive and inclusive research environment that facilitates long-term research collaboration and development across disciplinary boundaries. CESSS is led by Karin Gustafsson, sociology, Erik Hysing, political science, and Maria Ojala, psychology.
The research at CESSS is divided into three interrelated main themes.
- Theme 1; Public engagement concerning environmental and sustainability issues
- Theme 2; Environmental governance and the state
- Theme 3; Knowledge production, environmental expertise, and learning
CESSS’s work includes:
- To support the development of multi-disciplinary research projects and programs of high quality.
- To facilitate research collaborations in the field of environmental and sustainability studies, among both university researchers and external actors.
- To arrange internal CESSS conferences and international research workshops.
- To organize a multi-disciplinary seminar series open for researchers from other disciplines than sociology, psychology political science, as well as for practitioners with an interest in environmental and sustainability social science. More information on this will be posted here later.