The Social Sciences and Humanities Network (SSH Network)

Acknowledging the importance of enhancing the contributions from the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the work of IPBES, this network is dedicated to engage more SSH experts and knowledge in IPBES. SSH is a member organisation of ONet.

In order to accomplish its objective “to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development” (UNEP 2012), IPBES requires expertise in theory, methods, and empirical data from the social sciences and humanities. Nature and human culture are inextricably linked. As a consequence, meaningful assessments of the state of biodiversity, and potential policies, practices and technologies to conserve and sustainably use it must integrate knowledge on genes, species and ecosystems with knowledge on humans and societies. Moreover, an integrative approach is crucial to produce policy relevant knowledge for implementation of international targets such as the program of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The SSH Network is led by Håkon B. Stokland in consultation with Marie Stenseke and Marla Emery, and is an open network for anyone interested in the role of SSH in IPBES. If you are interested in joining the network, you can sign up here:

Report on progress in piloting a community of practice for the social sciences and humanities (the SSH Network)

A report on the piloting and establishment of the SSH Network is included in the information document on capacity building for the IPBES 8 plenary. It is available on: (Click on Information, then on IPBES/8/INF/9, and then the box EN  (the report of the SSH Network is on p. 17-22).

Hakon Stokland and SSH logo


SSH Webinar Series

The Social Sciences and Humanities Network is starting up a webinar series this spring (2021), with the following webinars:


  • 22nd April, 14-15 CET. Dr. Jasper Montana (University of Oxford): Moving beyond inclusion for social sciences and humanities in IPBES: Lessons from the first work programme

Click here for a direct link to this webinar.

  • 27th May, 14-15 CET. Professor Andrew Church (University of Brighton) and Dr. Robert Fish (University of Kent): Values, non-human agency and the Anthropocene: Arts, humanities, biodiversity and ecosystem services research in the UK

Click here for a direct link to this webinar.

The seminars will be open to all. However, it would be helpful for us to know how many participants to expect. Therefore, please register your participation at either or both webinars via the online registration form.



Contact: Håkon B. Stokland,