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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TRIGGER

TRIGGER aims to deepen current understanding of the linkage between climate, health and ecosystems and to use this knowledge to advance society uptake at personal and policy level.

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PLAN’EAT

PLAN’EAT Project aims to advance the scientific basis on factors influencing dietary behaviour and the health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of dietary patterns and deliver solutions for transition through a transdisciplinary and multi-level approach.

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FOODCLIC

FOODCLIC Project aims to contribute to urban food environments that make healthy and sustainable food available, affordable and attractive to all citizens (including deprived and vulnerable groups).

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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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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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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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