The methodological approach taken by ENP researchers is diverse, reflecting the wide range of topics and problems addressed. Overall the ENP research program is underlined by three core methodological qualities:
1. Multi- and interdisciplinary research - combining the social research approaches of ENP with natural science approaches of other chair groups to understand environmental change; especially in the context of major research programs like PROVIDE, RESCOPAR and BESTTuna.
2. Combined application of quantitative and qualitative research methods - is preferred over an exclusive focus on either one of them.
3. Global reach both in content and geography - innovative solutions have to be found in the area of transnational, comparative research methodologies, resulting in new questions to be answered.