IPBES has pioneered new ways to include knowledge and expertise from the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in global environmental assessments. The SSH Network aims to facilitate the further development and implementation of this initiative.
IPBES requires expertise in theory, methods, and empirical data from the social sciences and humanities 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). Nature and human culture are inextricably linked. Therefore, 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. Learn more about joining the network here. ONet is an ideal platform for the network to engage SSH scholars both new to and already engaged in IPBES.