Environmental social science research group

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

Projects

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Realising Dynamic Value Chains for Underutilised Crops

RADIANT will implement dynamic value chains for underutilised crops (UCs) in Europe, realising opportunities whilst overcoming barriers using “top-down” and “bottom-up” approaches.

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Empowering Youth And Cocreating Social Innovations And Policymaking Through Youth-focused Citizen Social Science

YOUCOUNT aims to generate new knowledge and innovations to increase the social inclusion of youth at risk of exclusion across Europe through cocreative youth citizen social science (CSS).

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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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News

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New Living Library showcases collaborative short food chains across Europe

A living library showcasing good-practice examples of collaborative short food chains has today been launched by a consortium of organisations, under the three-year, EU-funded COACH project. This living library includes more than 30 concrete examples of how collaboration between farmers, consumers, local governments and other actors can help to scale up short agri-food chains, in order to rebalance farmers’ position in the chain, create win-wins for producers and consumers, and drive locally led innovation in territorial food systems.

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Empowering communities, inspiring citizen science

InSPIRES brought together practitioners and experts from across and beyond Europe to co-design, jointly pilot, implement, and roll out innovative models for Science Shops. We launched several Science Shop projects to reflect on participatory research models and strengthen communication between scientists and citizens to provide input on the research agenda over the next years.

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Interview with Eszter Kelemen and her peers in the EuroNatur Magazin

Last October, the IPBES community of more than 1,000 researchers received the EuroNatur Award 2021. On their behalf, our senior resercher, Eszter Kelemen accepted the award with marine ecologist, Dr. Yunne-Jai Shin (France), and German environmental scientist and agricultural biologist Prof. Josef Settele. In an interview, the three scientists talk about why they are full of hope despite the alarming state of the Earth.

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What’s next for Citizen Science?

After 3 years of intense work and co-creation of the platform, the EU-Citizen.Science project has come to an end at the end of 2021. ESSRG, as a founding organisation of the European Citizen Science Association, has contributed to the content development and dissemination of the EU-Citizen Science platform.

 

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RADIANT project encourages agrobiodiversity and battles the monoculture paradigm

RADIANT: realizing dynamic value chains with underutilized crops is a new European project coordinated by Catholic University of Portugal in Porto (Portugal), financed by Horizon 2020, the European Community Framework Program for Research and Innovation. The objective is to develop solutions and tools that will promote agrobiodiversity, combating the agricultural paradigm of monoculture and industrialized agriculture.

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ESSRG researchers participated in YouCount & ECSA second webinar

As practitioners of Citizen Science, community-based research and youth engagement, researchers used this series of webinars to create space for discussing important questions of Y-CSS, mobilise feedback on the YouCount framework and start building a community of interest around Y-CSS. Participation is open to everybody and free of charge. The webinars were organised by the Working Group on Empowerment, Inclusiveness & Equity at the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) and the Living Knowledge Network (LKN) together with the YouCount EU project.

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