Project Description

The Environmental Social Science Research Group – ESSRG – is a small research and development enterprise established by researchers of different disciplines looking for autonomy and enjoying working together on the boundaries of environmental and social sciences. ESSRG aims to apply and develop social science research methods to assist communities and decision makers in their efforts of transforming our societies towards social justice and ecological sustainability. We believe in opening up established systems of knowledge creation toward various forms of co-creation, including Participatory Action Research (PAR), Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and citizen science, thus enhancing society’s capacity for transformative learning.


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The Hungarian Policy and City Labs have jointly written an article in the Journal of Food Investigation (text in English after the Hungarian version), presenting the urgent need for a food system transformation at national, European level and international level. It lays out the foundations of a food system approach and describes the importance of responsible research and innovation (RRI) to achieve the transition of our food system. The focus of this first article – which is the first in a series of articles – lies in the theoretical background of the Labs.