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Research sections

International environment and development

NIVA's Section for International Environment and Development works with solutions to complex environmental problems, locally, nationally, and globally. We work interdisciplinary, qualitatively, and quantitatively and connect social science and natural science methods to create holistic analyses and solution proposals. 

Our section participates in many of the processes related to international conventions that will help solve the climate and nature crisis. We contribute with relevant knowledge towards the shaping of national and international politics, and study what knowledge is used and understood in different contexts. 

Key actors outside the research sector, many with practical experience in waste management and use of natural resources, do not always have a seat at the negotiating table. At the same time, they possess expertise and relationships that are central to solving climate and environmental problems locally and globally. To change behaviour and systems that harm the environment and lead to climate change, we use research-based methods to get different actors to collaborate, across sectors, geographical borders, and disciplines. 

The section has broad and interdisciplinary expertise on pollution, especially within topics related to various aspects of plastic pollution, from macro- to microplastics. The section also has projects on climate and marine management.  We work methodically with competence enhancement, with the intersection between research and politics and involving stakeholders in research and development.