Environmental social science research group

We’re a research and development enterprise working on the boundaries of environmental and social sciences with a transdisciplinary approach.

Projects

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Collaborative Agri-food Chains

Driving Innovation in Territorial Food Systems and Improving Outcomes for Producers and Consumers.

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Co-Create Change in Research Funding and Performing

Co-Change will apply an innovative systemic approach to boost the transformative capacity and leadership for research.

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Contracts2.0

Agriculture can deliver a variety of environmental public goods and ecosystem services. Often, however, the use of agricultural landscapes prioritizes the provision of private goods which also contributes to environmental degradation. To address this imbalance, targeted policy instruments are required to ensure that public goods are provided at the level desired by society.

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EU-Citizen.Science

Citizen Science is a rapidly diversifying field of innovation with implications and potential benefits for society, policy and various research areas.

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News

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CONECT-e: Petra Benyei’s workshop on the citizen science innovation in agroecology

On the 24th of November, Petra Benyei (PhD. in Environmental Sciences at UAB, 2020) was invited by ESSRG’s researchers, Alexandra Czeglédi and Borbála Lipka, to introduce the Spanish citizen science platform called  CONECT-e in an internal workshop. Participants from ESSRG and the Hungarian Seed House (Magház), Védegylet and the Hungarian Permaculture Association (MAPER) joined her on Zoom.

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We made a podcast series about biodiversity!

The episodes are about the decline of pollinator populations,  transformative change for sustainability, nature-based solutions in cities, ecological restoration, the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU, and about Eklipse Mechanism itself.

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How much is nature worth?

The Greenfo podcast features our senior research fellow Eszter Kelemen. Eszter spoke about ecosystem services and the value of a healthy environment, the impacts of COVID on resetting political and economic processes, the postnormal science and citizen science.

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Humans are made cooperative, not competitive – any chance for a paradigm shift?

The Forbes June online edition features our Senior Research Fellow, György Pataki.

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Publication

Eastern Europe as a source of food inspiration

Must we choose between formal market and non-market economies? This is the longstanding Western narrative. But Eastern European food practices tell a different story. Bálint Balázs, co-author of a new paper that points to tried-and-tested alternatives to the West’s broken food systems.

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Seed-swap in Hungary

Seed exchange is an ancient practice to protect genetic diversity in agriculture.  In the last years, the industrialization process led to a constant decrease of agrobiodiversity.

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