Environmental social science research group

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

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Better decisions for biodiversity and people

Understand and influence decision-making affecting biodiversity.

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Nature-based solutions for more inclusive and resilient communities

We explore how nature-based solutions can contribute to the societal change needed to address the biodiversity and climate crisis.

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Ecologically sustainable nutrient management

Several innovative technologies will be deployed to reduce fertiliser use by at least 20% by 2030.

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Science Service for a better biodiversity policy

The loss of biodiversity might be the most severe and complex natural challenge we face in our lifetime.

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We produced an animation video on RRI

We produced an animation video on responsible research and innovation. We tell you in 4 short minutes the bases of the responsible research and innovation (RRI) approach. We explain why we think it is important that researchers, research-performing organisations and even research funding organisations are connected to society. We also give a few examples from our current RRI project, where our partners have made institutional changes in the hope of responsible research.

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Food, Place & Innovation, a Sustainable Food Systems Approach – Summer School in Bornholm

Let us present a brief throwback to sunny August and the Food, Place & Innovation, a Sustainable Food Systems Approach Summer School attended by our COACH junior researcher, Dominika Huczynska.

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Come along and visit Szezon Kert, the organic garden we work with

In the RADIANT Project, we are implementing dynamic value chains for underutilised crops in Europe, realising opportunities whilst overcoming barriers.

The project partners work with 20 pilots, so-called “Aurora Farms” (different agro-ecologies across Europe) to co-create and test good practices and transformation avenues.

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Sustainable food systems not addicted to growth – paper with Bálint Balázs in Nature Sustainability

The global food system is Exhibit A in the crisis of growth-addicted development. Exploitative of humans and animals, ecologically rapacious, hooked on fossil fuels, and controlled by a small number of multi-national corporations from food to fork, this system produces massive quantities of the wrong foods at incredible social, ecological and economic cost. With food crises again looming on the near horizon, a strategy to tweak and maintain the current growth-driven food system is highly questionable. In a new perspective paper published in Nature Sustainability, a team of 32 food system scholars provide the blueprint for something very different: sustainable post-growth food systems. Our senior researcher, Bálint Balázs is one of the authors.

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YouCount team holds the first physical meeting in Copenhagen

ESSRG’s YouCount project has successfully arrived at the mid-period. Consortium members met in Copenhagen (Denmark) in June for the first time to move the project forward and share research results across the 10 case studies, including the two Hungarian cases.

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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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