SHARED GREEN DEAL: Social sciences & Humanities for Achieving a Responsible, Equitable and Desirable GREEN DEAL

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Management of Conservation Areas MSc

SHARED GREEN DEAL’s core goal is to stimulate shared actions on Green Deal initiatives across Europe by providing Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) tools to support the implementation of six EU Green Deal policy areas, at the local and regional level.

The project consortium consists of 22 leading organisations from across the EU including eight universities, three research institutions, eight network organisations and three small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Throughout the five-year project duration, The UNESCO Chair at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences (CUAS) acts as an important contact and liaison partner for all matters concerning the UNESCO and UniTwin networks.

The project compromises 11 work packages, which are structured around lessons from a set of six social experiments concerning six priority Green Deal topics (Clean Energy, Circular Economy, Efficient Renovations, Sustainable Mobility, Sustainable Food and Preserving Biodiversity).Through its longstanding experience in nature conservation, the CUAS UNESCO Chair team is a core research partner in the stream “Preserving Biodiversity.” The methodology institutes study circles in communities in rural regions to explore cultural values linked to biodiversity, biodiversity loss and potential solutions, centred on traditional cultural landscapes and urban greening.

Each social experiment will be delivered across four EU member states. A transdisciplinary approach will be taken, covering 19 social science and humanities disciplines, with multi-stakeholder, practice-based and policy-science expertise, including gender studies as a key component throughout. The output includes the development of tools (e.g. an online Green Deal policy tracker), as well as translating project findings into stakeholder-specific policy briefs and roundtable events.

SHARED GREEN DEAL is expected to deliver changes in societal practices and behaviour of individuals, communities, and public and private organisations. Through the development of effective new strategies, it will address behavioural change and long-term commitment, trust, social acceptance and buy-in of policies from people, communities and organisations.

Financed by: Horizon 2020, EU programme for research and innovation

Lead partner: Anglia Ruskin University (coordinated by Dr. Chris Foulds and Dr. Rosie Robison)

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