Research of the Environmental Policy group

The globalization of environmental problems are more than ever shaping our world. Production and consumption practices around the world have driven climate change, biodiversity loss and natural resource depletion. Learn how our research at the Environmental Policy group contributes to tackling these problems.

Why Environmental Policy?

Complex global environmental problems require governance solutions that enable societies—including governments, private sector, civil society and everyday citizens—to effectively respond. Research at the Environmental Policy group (ENP) produces fundamental knowledge on how these societal actors can transform their practices, technologies of environmental reform and forms of social and political organization to enable inclusive and effective forms of environmental governance to address these environmental challenges.

Central research concepts

Environmental Regimes

We examine connections and contradictions in current environmental regime-making. In doing so, we understand environmental regimes as the formal and informal rules, norms, principles, institutional architectures and networks that emerge and evolve to govern multi-scalar environmental and sustainability challenges.

Practices & Transformations

We analyse practices as the basis of social life, which means understanding human action as taking place amidst a dynamic socio-material context through embodied routines and interconnecting practices, that play out at the intersection of structure and agency.

Technologies for Sustainability

We explore how technologies, as part of socio-material practices and regimes, mediate and influence how we interpret and govern environmental challenges.