We focus on environmental, technology and sustainability issues from a sociological perspective in interdisciplinary settings.
Our research group aims at
- developing a better understanding of environmental and socio-technical problems
- by investigating specific topics in cooperation with actors in the field, often in collaboration with other scientific disciplines
- driven by the sociological issue behind what is often presented as a technical problem or a matter of implementation, and the development of new practices,
- and always inspired by current insights in the field of social and policy sciences
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You can find us in the fields of environmental nuisance, environment & health, integrated risk assessments and risk governance, brownfield rehabilitation, integrated water and flood management, disposal of nuclear waste, energy & climate, sustainable development, education for sustainable development, environmental justice, transitions towards sustainable materials and circular economy, the food system, nature conservation, spatial planning and policy evaluation.
Our expertise and interests
lie in dealing with the evolving role of expertise in contexts of scientific uncertainty and public controversy, new arrangements for boundary work, stakeholder and citizen participation in knowledge processes; the social construction of risk, safety and the living environment, social inequalities and environmental justice, intentional socio-technical transitions, institutional dynamics in policy and environmental policy evaluation.
Our research group also collaborates with the Institute for Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development (IMDO), with OASeS (Reseach Centre on Inequalities, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City) and with the Urban Studies Institute (USI) of the University of Antwerp.