University of Gothenburg
Ferry boats at Göta älv in Gothenburg in winter time.
Göta älv in Gothenburg.
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Sustainability work

We both teach and conduct research on environmental policy and sustainability. The Department of Political Science is hosting the Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR), part of the University of Gothenburg´s big focus on global social challenges: UGOT Challenges.


The study of environmental politics assumes that it is societies that cause environmental problems. It is also societies that value how serious the environmental problems are and how the problems are to be solved. This mobilizes different interests in society where environmental problems become political issues - our focus is to study these issues from a political science perspective.


Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR)

CeCAR’s research aims to contribute knowledge about the mechanisms behind voluntary and regulated, large-scale collective action. A better understanding of large-scale collective action is one of the greatest and most pressing challenges of our time. It is arguably absolutely crucial if we are going to avoid serious social, environmental and health-related problems in the future. Read more at CeCAR´s website.

Centre for Environmental Political Studies (CEPS)

Our research on environmental policy and public administration seeks answers to questions about the interaction between society and the environment. How do various social actions impact the environment? What are the trends in the opinions and behaviours of citizens in relation to the environment? Is democracy compatible with sustainable development? The questions are many, and they are also urgent and sensitive. CEPS has a broad spectrum of research initiatives under way, and its activities are carried out in collaborations with other disciplines. Read more about the research group here.

Environmental issues within the Department of Political Science

We work according to the University of Gothenburg’s Environmental Management System (EMS). Central for the system is the action plan for environment and sustainable development, the University’s vision and the environmental policy. A sustainability report is produced annually and contains results and achievements from all objectives in the action plan.