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Environmental governance and the state

Research theme II

Problems of continued unsustainability are increasingly being depicted as a governance failure which has provoked a massive interest in various governance reforms and commitments to new modes of governance. While some argue that we need to look beyond the state to find viable ways for sustainable transformation there is also a renewed academic interest to bring the state back in as a progressive force for a green and just transformation and an important object of study in the analysis of environmental governance.

Research within this theme address crucial governance issues associated with the environmental- and sustainability challenges such as the institutional capacity of state environmental governance,  the greening of business, green ethics in public administration, citizen participation and sustainable urban planning, political consumerism, and democracy and expertise in multi-level environmental governance.

For more information on additional publications, visit each researcher’s individual web page, to which you find links in the tab ‘Researchers’ on CESSS’s start page.