Environmental Social Science

Section in the Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University

Danish name Samfundsvidenskabelig miljøforskning
Head of section Berit Hasler
Section employees See list
Situated AU Roskilde
Research keywords Green economy, transition to sustainability, environmental economics, environmental sociology, environmental political science.

Photo: Bjarne Jensen

Fields of research in the Section

Environmental social science provides knowledge and insights about the interplay between society and the environment.

In the Environmental Social Science Section, we conduct research and provide advisory services and education within the fields of environmental sociology, environmental economics and political science. We integrate different professional disciplines and collaborate with natural scientists in order to describe and devise solutions to environmental problems and challenges related to the aquatic environment and water resources, air pollution, climate, soil, land and nature management, and urban environments.

We analyse the environmental consequences of the development of society, and investigate how environmental regulation and management affect society at different levels ranging from everyday life to the national welfare economic level. An important research area is also the optimal implementation of environmental regulation. We continually develop and improve the theoretical and methodological foundation for our empirical analyses.

The environmental social science research contributes to the establishment of a scientifically well-founded basis for making decisions regarding future environmental and nature policies at both local, national and international levels.  We also contribute to education and place a strong emphasis our responsibility to disseminate our knowledge about environment and society to the population at large.

Biodiversity and ecosystem services

Perception and use of ecosystem services, assessment of ecosystem services, economic valuation of ecosystem services, ethics and perceptions of nature, approaches to nature management, sustainability criteria, climate adaptation, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

Scientific research

You will find information on the scientific results of research and advisory work carried out by the section via the following links:

Section employees divided into fields

Environmental Sociology

NameJob titleEmailPhoneBuilding
Ferrucci, MartinaPostdocmafe@envs.au.dk+45871586657420, K1.02
Jensen, AnneSenior Researcheraj@envs.au.dk+45871586337420, K1.13
Petersen, Lars KjerulfSenior Researcherlkp@envs.au.dk+45871585757420, K1.27

Environmental Political Science

NameJob titleEmailPhoneBuilding
Andersen, Mikael SkouProfessormsa@envs.au.dk+4587158606
Christensen, Lotte DalgaardPhD Studentldc@envs.au.dk
Nielsen, Helle ØrstedSenior Researcherhon@ps.au.dk+4587158879
Pedersen, Anders BranthSenior Researcherabp@envs.au.dk+45871585457420, K1.23

Environmental Economics

NameJob titleEmailPhoneBuilding
Abay, Abrha TeklayPhD Studentaba@envs.au.dk+45871586437420, K1.02
Cong, RonggangScientistrc@envs.au.dk+45871585467420, K1.08
Hansen, Line BlockResearcherlbh@envs.au.dk+45871584697420, K1.22
Hasler, BeritSenior Researcher - Head of sectionbh@envs.au.dk+45871586377420, K1.07
Konrad, Maria Theresia HedegaardPostdocmthk@envs.au.dk+45871586687420, K1.20
Martinsen, LouiseAcademic staff memberlom@envs.au.dk+45871586677420, K1.08
Nainggolan, DoanResearcherdna@envs.au.dk+45871586297420, K1.29
Zandersen, MarianneSenior Researchermz@envs.au.dk+45871587287420, K1.08
Zemo, Kahsay HailePhD Studentkhz@envs.au.dk+45871586347420, K1.02
Zhang, JinPhD Studentjiz@envs.au.dk+45871587297420, K1.02