A call out for applications for the ACCESS Leadership College. An opportunity for emerging leaders who are using social science to tackle environmental problems.
The Advancing Capacity for Climate and Environment Social Sciences (ACCESS) Leadership College is a new opportunity for emerging leaders who are using social science to tackle environmental problems.
A four-year cohort of people from diverse sectors (academia, public sector, NGOs and charities, business) to work, learn and grow as leaders together: as they work to address the social science challenges associated with the transition to a sustainable and biodiverse environment and a net zero society.
The first of four College events will be held 26-28 April 2023 at Dartington Hall in Devon, with a focus on ‘Health, Wellbeing and the Environment’. Dr Saffron O’Neill explains why the Leadership College is so important.
The social sciences offer essential insights that are needed to effectively tackle the major environmental challenges – from the biodiversity crisis to climate change – facing us today. Yet often these insights are overlooked in favour of, for example, technological fixes: which might seem initially appealing, but which underestimate the social dimensions of policy and practice interventions. The ACCESS Leadership College will focus on and invest in developing this crucial next generation of social science innovators and leaders across academia, the public sector, NGOs and charities, and the business sector.
We are looking for environmental social scientists who can demonstrate emerging leadership, and who are enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary way to champion the use of social science to tackle environmental problems. Fellows will be working as catalysts for change within their own organisation, within their sector, or beyond. If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you.
This is an open call for applications to the ACCESS Leadership College. We welcome suitably qualified applicants to apply through one of four sector-defined pathways (academia, public sector, NGOs and charities, business). Twenty fellows will be recruited. ACCESS is committed to advancing equality, diversity and inclusion in climate and environmental social science and we recognise that many groups are under-represented in these domains. We actively welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and those who may require additional support to enable participation. Find out more
The Leadership College is part of ACCESS a five year climate and environment social science project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It is headed by Professor Patrick-Devine Wright of the University of Exeter, with Professor Birgitta Gatersleben of the University of Surrey as Deputy Director. ACCESS aims to provide leadership on the social science contribution to tackling and solving a range of environmental problems. Read on