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
The Land Gap Report
In "The Land Gap Report," CSSN Scholars examine the area of land required to meet projected national climate pledges, highlighting how these commitments rely on unrealistic amounts of land-based carbon removal that will not be feasible without causing further negative impacts. CSSN Scholars involved in "The Land Gap Report": Kate Dooley, Wim Carton, Kirstine Lund Christiansen, and Jens Friis Lund.
Whose climate intervention? Solar geoengineering, fractions of capital, and hegemonic strategy
In a recent research article, CSSN Scholars Kevin Surprise and J.P. Sapinski explore the shift in support for solar geoengineering research, experimentation, and potential deployment from interests aligned with the fossil fraction of capital to climate capital. 
Organising Responses to Climate Change
CSSN Scholars Daniel Nyberg, Christopher Wright, and Vanessa Bowden published a book that explores how the exponential growth of the capitalist system has allowed the fossil fuel industry to maintain its power and highlights how we can prevent the worst effects of climate change.

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.