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CSEC was established in 1991 by the partnership of a London-based environmental activist, Robin Grove-White, and a Lancaster University based Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS), Brian Wynne. Their aim in 1991 was to establish a research centre at Lancaster University that could combine the critical aspects of STS (the interdisciplinary study of Science Technology and Society) with the activism and political insight needed to understand and intervene in contemporary environmental problems and policies.
CSEC built up a substantial group of researchers in the 1990s. CSEC researchers were passionately interested in environmental politics, but they wanted to think about environmental issues as sociological, cultural, philosophical phenomena, rather than a purely ‘physical’ or ‘policy’ set of issues and problems.
Many different aspects of the environment and of environmental politics have been the subject of CSEC research, including:
CSEC researchers were among the first to really explore what it meant to embrace a social constructivist position with regard to nature and the environment at the same time as wanting, as academics, to intervene in and improve the quality of environmental debates.
Click on the links below for examples of recent and current research:
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