The creation of a sustainable society involves decisions that encompass economics, politics, business, ethics, and social structures in addition to science. These decisions will be influenced by individuals, communities, industry, scientists and policy makers at local, regional, national, and supranational levels. Such decision-making processes are both dynamic and interactive, formed by social and cultural structures and debated in (social) media. iCRAG's researhers in this area aim to advance decision-making processes, to ensure responsible environmental management decisions and responsible extraction and (re)use of Earth’s resources. Our work examines how cultural and social structures and media debates influence perspectives and choices related to the Earth system and geoscience, and how inclusiveness may be enhanced, e.g., by looking at gender issues, rural communities, and vulnerable groups.
Research activities are focussed on the following areas:
- Advancing sustainability of business and policy decision making
- Social risk perceptions of geoengineering and geohazards
- Examining societal variability regarding just transition and climate action
- Responsible geoscience research and innovation