Agricultural landscape.
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Centre for Environmental Political Studies (CEPS)

Research group

Short description

CEPS is a research group within the Department of Political Science. We work with multidisciplinary social science studies of environmental policy and environmental problems. Our research activities focus on various problems in the field of environmental politics and policy and we use a broad scope of methodological approaches. Examples of topics that we study includes sustainable development, climate change, environmental public opinion and management of natural resources such as fisheries, water and energy policy.


The CEPS research group has comprehensive contacts with both society and with researchers at other departments and universities. We have close ties with researchers within the natural sciences and other social sciences within and outside of the University of Gothenburg. Examples of our collaborating partners are found below:

  • Center for Collective Action Research, CeCAR
  • The Environmental Social Science Programme
  • Masters program in Environmental Management and Economics
  • The Environmental Economics Unit, at the school of business, economics and law, University of Gothenburg
  • The department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg
  • School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg
  • Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development, (GMV)
  • Tellus, Centre for Earth System Science, University of Gothenburg
  • Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Physical Resource Theory, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
  • University of Lund
  • Luleå University of Technology

The CEPS group is also very active when it comes to informing about current research and to contributing to the public debate. For example, people at CEPS have participated in the following fora during the last years:

• Staff meeting of the Minister for the Environment
• The Standing Committee on Environment and Agriculture
• Ministry of Finance
• Folkuniversitetet, adult education association
• The Swedish Board of Fisheries
• Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
• Evening lectures at the NGO Ekocentrum (Centre for Ecology)
• The International Science Festival Gothenburg and the day of social sciences at the University of Gothenburg
• Medborgarskolan, adult education association
• Breakfast lectures at The Centre for Environment and Sustainability, (GMV)
• ABF Stockholm, adult education association
• Human Rights days 2009
• The research seminar of the Adlerbertska foundation
• Student associations
• Members of CEPS are regularly engaged by media for various expert assignments

Research group