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Civil Society for Sustainability

Objective

Civil society and its organisations (CSO) play a vital role in the implementation of sustainable development (SD). Civil society actors exhibit special features, they are to a large degree driven by visions or ideals, place a focus on common action, participate in and initiate discourses about SD in society, enhance social capital, and share a non-economical (non-efficiency driven) world view. Given these characteristics, CSOs show some specific shortcomings: a non-economical worldview leads to less efficient pursuit of SD goals and to a weak representation in political and economical decision-processes; initiating discourses often excludes evidence-based thinking, giving away chances for increased self-reflexivity and learning; and a lack of institutionalisation within existing institutional frameworks of governance provide not sufficient leverage to influence policy making. Apart from these more general shortcomings, there are numerous specific and context-related issues that would need to be researched in order to increase efficiency of CSOs. To foster sustainability from an analytical perspective, there are two aspects underlying (or overarching) all these context-dependent problems: (1) Degree of institutionalisation of sustainable development efforts within a local/regional context (socio-economical-political-cultural). Also therein, the degree of institutionalisation of sustainability-driven CSO in political/institutional decision structures (“participative governance”). (2) Sustainability knowledge and sustainability learning: getting sustainability across to people (“the long way from head to hand”). These aspects are closely related to each other and will provide the general research framework (GRF) of the proposed project, providing the “bracket” to keep context-related research with CSO partners focused on a more general analytic framework which will be individually adapted to each participating CSO's needs. The GRF will be identical for all partners, sufficiently theoretically structured and capable of deriving generalisations, but at the same time flexible enough and adaptive to various contexts to fit into different CSO environments.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-CSO - Research for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

Coordinator

DIALOGIK GEMEINNUETZIGE GESELLSCHAFT FUER KOMMUNIKATIONS- UND KOOPERATIONSFORSCHUNG mbH
Address
Lerchenstraße 22
70176 Stuttgart
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 227 348
Administrative Contact
Agnes Lampke

Participants (5)

ULMER INITIATIVKREIS NACHHALTIGE WIRTSCHAFTSENTWICKLUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 171 040
Address
Blaubeurerstrasse 86
89077 Ulm
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Joa Bauer (Mr.)
MUTADIS CONSULTANTS SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 119 550
Address
Rue D'alsace 5
75010 Paris 10
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gilles Heriard Dubreuil (Mr.)
REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE -REC
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 95 356
Address
Ady Endre Ut 9-11
2000 Szentendre
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Milena Marega (Ms.)
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA SZOCIOLOGIAI KUTATOINTEZET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 94 860
Address
Uri Utca 49
1014 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anna Vári (Prof.)
ENERGIAKLUB SZAKPOLITIKAI INTEZET ES MODSZERTANI KOZPONT EGYESULET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 143 840
Address
Szerb Utca 17-19
1056 Budapest
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Csikai (Ms.)