The Social Sciences and Humanities Network

"Nature and human culture are inextricably linked", as acknowledged at the eighth IPBES Plenary. Thus, "IPBES requires expertise in theory, methods, and empirical data from the social sciences and humanities." The SSH Network is dedicated to enhancing these contributions to the work of IPBES, and engaging more experts and knowledge from the social sciences and humanities. The SSH Network is an ONet Member Organisation.


"Meaningful assessments of the state of biodiversity, and potential policies, practices and technologies to conserve and sustainably use it require the integration of knowledge on genes, species and ecosystems with knowledge on humans and societies."

~ Report to the eighth IPBES Plenary in 2021


SSH logoOur scope and leadership

The SSH Network was established by IPBES in 2020. It is led by Håkon B. Stokland in consultation with Marie Stenseke and Marla Emery.

It is an open network for anyone interested in the role of the social sciences and humanities in IPBES. If you are interested in joining the network, please sign up: we look forward to meeting you.

Do you have further requests or questions? Please email Håkon.



The SSH Webinar Series

Link to the list of SSH webinars
Click above to watch recordings of SSH Network webinars

The SSH Network hosts an ongoing webinar series. Shortly after they are presented, webinar recordings are usually made openly available on the YouTube Channel of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, @Naturforskning.

To watch the recordings, please see our dedicated page. Alternatively, please find a playlist of SSH Network Webinars on YouTube.


Upcoming webinars

Watch this space for future SSH Network webinars.

We also advertise on the ONet Events pages.



Publications on the SSH Network

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 on work related to building capacity for the IPBES 8 Plenary (IPBES/8/INF/9), pages 16-22. It is available for download, in pdf and docx format.

An introduction to the SSH Network
Stokland, H.B., Stenseke, M., Emery, M.R., 2022. A network to enhance the contributions from the social sciences and humanities to IPBES. Ecosystems and People 18 (1), pp. 95-98. Open access at

Session by the SSH Network at IPBES-9 Stakeholder Day
The SSH Network held a session at IPBES-9 Stakeholder Day in Bonn, 2 June 2022. It included a presentation of the network by Håkon Stokland and a panel discussion led by Marie Stenseke. A recording of the session is available to watch below (starting at 33:07) or on YouTube.




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