Related Research Organizations

This page contains links to other groups doing related social science research on climate change.

Academic Groups:

  • Millenium Assessment of Human Behavior
    This is the site for a research project based at Stanford. Their goal is to "begin to re-frame people's definitions of, and solutions to, sustainability problems." They plan to "encourage a global discussion about what human goals should be (i.e., "what people are for") and examine how cultural change can be steered toward creation of a sustainable society." The site includes links to a wiki, a blog, a related academic center, and a number of academic journal citations. Quote is from
  • STIRPAT: A Research Program in Structural Human Ecology
    "STIRPAT is a coordinated program of research devoted to understanding the dynamic couplings between human systems and the ecosystems upon which they depend."
  • Environmental Sustainability Index
    This 2005 project was a collaboration between the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP), the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) of Columbia University, and others. The project's reports, data, etc. are provided here.
  • Environmental Performance Index
    This Yale- and Columbia-based project "ranks 163 countries on 25 performance indicators tracked across ten policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality." It provides data on individual countries as well as aggregated data on many environmental indicators, including climate change performance.

Other Groups:

  • Earth System Governance Project
    The Earth System Governance Project is a core project of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). It aims to better understand global, national and local institutions and governance systems as they relate to natural environment and global biochemical systems. The COMPON project is listed as an affiliated project on their website.
  • The Global Carbon Project
    The Global Carbon Project aims to develop a complete picture of the global carbon cycle, including both its biophysical and human dimensions together with the interactions and feedbacks between them.
  • Coordinated Action Carbon Observation System (COCOS)
    COCOS coordinates the sharing of datasets related to the global carbon cycle, and the integration of carbon cycle data with related research data.
  • Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
    CIFOR advances human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research to inform policies and practices that affect forests in developing countries. CIFOR is one of 15 centres within the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). CIFOR is using COMPON methodology for part of a global comparative study on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD); click here for more information about that collaboration.
  • The Corner House
    The Corner House "carries out analyses, research and advocacy with the aim of linking issues, of stimulating informed discussion and strategic thought on critical environmental and social concerns, and of encouraging broad alliances to tackle them" (according to its website). It includes a set of resources on climate change, which can be accessed here.
  • America's Climate Choices
    This website highlights research and reports produced by the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council (all of the U.S.).