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ACCESS Leadership College – call for applications from environmental social scientists now open

The ACCESS Leadership College – led by Dr. Saffron O’Neill (University of Exeter) is an opportunity for emerging leaders (based in the UK) who are using social science to tackle environmental problems to be part of a cohort of people from diverse sectors (academia, public sector, NGOs and charities, business) to work, learn and grow as leaders together: as they work to address the social science challenges associated with the transition to a sustainable and biodiverse environment and a net zero society. We are looking for environmental social scientists who can demonstrate emerging leadership, and who are enthusiastic about working in an interdisciplinary way to champion the use of social science to tackle environmental problems. Fellows will be working as catalysts for change within their own organisation, within their sector, or beyond.

The closing date for applications is Friday 16 December, 16:00 GMT

The ACCESS Leadership College is designed to build capacity in environmental social science throughout the UK, through fostering a community of emerging leaders who are well informed about the social science dimensions of environmental challenges.


ACCESS Leadership College fellows will come together for a 3-day residential retreat every year, over four years (2023-2026). Each retreat will focus on a topic of concern for environmental social scientists, with contributions from international experts. The retreats will provide opportunities for training, knowledge exchange, mentoring and career development; through a mix of formal and participant-led learning. The College will also provide opportunities for the group to get to know and learn from each other in an interdisciplinary setting. The same participant cohort will attend throughout the four years, to maximise opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, networking and collaboration. In addition, the College will provide opportunities for the group to work together on funding applications towards the ACCESS Flexible Fund.

Applicants will need to commit to attending a three-day, in-person retreat each year over the four years of the College (2023-2026 inclusive). The first College event will be held 26-28th April 2023 at Dartington Hall in Devon, with a focus on ‘Health, Wellbeing and the Environment’.

Applications should be made via the ACCESS Leadership College application form. If you have a query, it may be answered in the FAQs (scroll down the page). If your question is not answered in the FAQs, please get in touch: [email protected].

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