Social Sciences & Humanities for Achieving a Responsible, Equitable and Desirable Green Deal

Much of the recent focus on tackling climate change has centred on green technology development. SHARED GREEN DEAL, however, will involve 24 separate ‘social experiments’ – taking place in neighbourhoods across Europe – looking at how organisations and individuals can work together to make our daily lives more sustainable.  

SHARED GREEN DEAL is expected to deliver changes in societal practises and in the behaviour of individuals, communities, and public and private organisations. It is deliberately spanning a large number of areas – many more than research projects traditionally include – under one umbrella. It covers mobility, energy efficiency, renewables, biodiversity, food and the circular economy, as well as climate action and pollution."

A total of 22 partner institutions from across Europe will examine the role that social sciences can play in helping countries and neighbourhoods dramatically reduce their carbon emissions as part of the European Green Deal.

Fraunhofer ISI is leading the work package aiming at integrating responsible research and innovation (RRI) considerations and practises in the project’s setup and in particular in the design of the social experiments.

Investigating behavioural and cultural factors that are enabling not only an effective but also inclusive and just implementation of the European Green Deal.

  • Social Experimentation (24 "labs")
  • Interviews
  • Online Surveys




European Commission; European Research Executive Agency REA


  • Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) –Lead / coordinator
  • Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT)
  • Energy Cities
  • Instituto de Ciencias Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa (ICS)
  • ICLEI Europe
  • ALDA – European Association for Local Democracy
  • Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP)
  • Circular Economy Research Centre (CERC)
  • The Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU)
  • National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG)
  • CEE Bankwatch Network (BWN)
  • Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF)
  • International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
  • Acento Comunicación
  • Aalborg Universitet (AAU)
  • Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE)
  • Circular Economy Alliance (CEA)
  • Metropolitan Research Institute (MRI)
  • Carinthia University of Applied Sciences KFT (CUAS)
  • Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN)