CSSN is an international network of social science scholars focused on understanding the cultural and institutional dynamics of the political conflict over climate change.

About Us
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CSSN Request for Proposals: Spring 2023
CSSN invites proposals for social science research into the structural, political, and institutional dynamics of climate change politics
Climate Obstruction: How Denial, Delay and Inaction are Heating the Planet
A book published by CSSN Scholars explores why we fail to avoid the climate crisis through an analysis of the ways climate action has been blocked in the past. CSSN Scholars Involved: Kristoffer Ekberg, Bernhard Forchtner, Martin Hultman, and Kirsti M. Jylhä
At COP27, the US Said It Will Lead Efforts to Halt Deforestation. But at Home, the Biden Administration Is Considering Massive Old Growth Logging Projects
An Inside Climate News article interviewed CSSN Scholar Prakash Kashwan on his expertise in climate governance and environmental policies. The article focuses on highlighting issues with using forests as carbon offsets including corruption and overstepping the rights of Indigenous peoples.

CSSN in Action

The Latest Research
The latest releases of research from CSSN Scholars around the world, advancing knowledge about climate conflicts and organizations obstructing action on climate change.
Our Working Groups
CSSN working groups bring together scholars with shared interests, for discussion and collaborative research. The working groups will provide input into the CSSN Research Agenda. The groups are self-organizing and directing, and we hope to provide seed funding.
Our Projects
CSSN scholars have several projects underway that evaluate the institutional and cultural dynamics of climate-related political conflicts.

Welcome to CSSN

CSSN Seeks to:

  • Coordinate, conduct, and support peer-reviewed research into the institutional and cultural dynamics of political conflicts around climate change,
  • Assist scholars to communicate the results of this research to policymakers, the public, and the wider climate change community, and
  • Conduct educational activities regarding the results of the research to inform the political, legal, and media communities.

Featured Scholar: Thomas L. Daniels

Tom Daniels is a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches Planning for Climate Change, Land Use Planning, Land Preservation, and Environmental Planning. His research focuses on carbon offset credits, nature based solutions in agriculture, renewable energy, and growth management to mitigate climate change.

Learn more about Thomas L. Daniels.