ACCESS consists of four work packages underpinned by three crosscutting themes of ‘Knowledge Co-Production’, ‘Equality, Diversity & Inclusion’, and ‘Net Zero Sustainability’:
WP1. Map, Assess and Learn from the past experiences of social scientists to catalyse change in policy culture, institutions (e.g., civil service), businesses and civil society.
WP2. Empower environmental social scientists at different learning and career stages by providing tailored training and capacity building.
WP3. Innovate by creating new ideas and testing new approaches that enable social scientists to play influential, leading roles in addressing environmental challenges.
WP4. Champion & coordinate environmental social scientists across the UK and internationally by providing an accessible knowledge/data hub and innovative public engagement tracker.
The ACCESS team includes world-leading social science and interdisciplinary experts led by the Universities of Exeter and Surrey.
The core team includes Universities of Bath, Leeds and Sussex and the Natural Environment Social Research Network (Natural Resources Wales, NatureScot, Natural England, Environment Agency and Forest Research).
Partners include Strathclyde University, Queens University Belfast, Cardiff University, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, Manchester University, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, University of Sydney.
Stakeholders include the Welsh Government (WG), Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), National Trust (NT), Academy for Social Sciences (AcSS), Community Energy England (CEE), Winchester Science Centre (WSC), Devon and Surrey County Councils (DCC, SCC).
The team’s expertise spans a wide range of climate areas with a social science focal point that include, but are not limited to; resilience and vulnerability in communities impacted by environmental change; health, wellbeing, social justice and access to nature; risk and net zero climate technologies & behavioural change in relation to mobility, diet and heating. Other focuses include; social and technological innovation, net zero and industrial decarbonisation; economics of nature-based solutions to climate change; and citizens assemblies and the politics of climate mitigation.