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Social-Environmental Research Network (SEReNe)

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Understanding how social and environmental processes are linked is critical to developing a sustainable relationship with the Earth. To mitigate climate change, put an end to poaching, and ensure natural-resource equity; all these problems require a detailed understanding of social, ecological, economic, and political processes. In order to provide Princeton scientists with the best possible opportunity to solve these problems, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) have developed a Social-Environmental Research Network (SEReNe), which is supported by Global Collaborative Networks Fund. This network, supported in part by Santander Bank, is comprised of the Stockholm Resilience Centre (Stockholm University), the Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (University of Oslo) and the Venice Centre for Climate Change Studies (Ca’Foscari University of Venice).

PEI and EEB are seeking Princeton scholars (graduate students, post-docs and faculty) to apply for funding to support short or long-term visits at one (or more) of the partner institutes. Visits can range from a few days to a few months.  The objective is to provide participants with the opportunity to expand their research network and to conduct research with scientists from a wide range of fields. PEI and EEB will also support participation at conferences and workshops, with the condition that the work presented is both social and environmental in nature.

Network Partners

The Stockholm Resilience Centre

The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) is a world-leading interdisciplinary research center that advances the understanding of complex social-environmental systems and generates new and detailed insights, and the means for the development of management and governance practices. The Stockholm Resilience Centre advises policymakers from all over the world, and develops innovative collaboration with all relevant actors, from those working at local scales (e.g. pollution in Stockholm), to the global policy arena (e.g. climate change mitigation). The SRC’s strength is in its broad base of interdisciplinary researchers: sociologists, anthropologists, economists and biologists all sit at SRC. For a taste of SRC’s research, see this TED talk by the SRC director, Johan Rockström, and the SRC webpage.

The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis

The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) is a Norwegian and Nordic Centre of Excellence. CEES’s mission is to combine the competence of ecologists, evolutionary biologists, climatologists, statisticians, mathematicians and economists in order to approach major, but still unresolved, scientific challenges. CEES has strong and extensive experience in doing so. Several large, multi-institute research projects are being run from CEES, and participating in research at CEES will give you the opportunity to expand your network to several European research groups. To see what research they do at CEES, have a look at their website.

The Venice Institute for Climate Change Studies

The Venice Institute for Climate Change Studies (VICCS) is a new inter-disciplinary research center based at the Ca’Foscari University of Venice, focusing on the assessment, detection, quantification, communication and facilitation of sustainable solutions to global change problems. Its mission is to investigate and model the feedbacks between society and the climate system, and provide reliable, rigorous, and timely scientific results to help develop climate change adaptation and mitigation policies. It is a hub of interdisciplinary research, with a focus on business, environmental economics and climate policy. Head to VICCS’ website to learn more.

How to apply

If interested, please fill in the application fields below. For both visits with our research partners, and participation in conferences/workshops, a detailed project description is required. Information of the location and the research that will be conducted should be provided; please explore the webpages of the network partners to identify potential collaborations. We also request that a detailed budget be submitted.

For more information regarding SEReNe, please email Simon Levin at