Research Centers

Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP)

Director: Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

The 3CSEP is an interdisciplinary research and educational center at CEU, whose mission is to foster solutions to climate change and sustainable energy challenges while advancing the implementation of development agendas. The 3CSEP also provides a platform for academic, outreach and educational activities at CEU in these fields. Research and education at 3CSEP is focused on global and regional problems. Effective work related to climate change and sustainable energy must cross traditional disciplines and clusters of thinking. Thus, the center is committed to an interdisciplinary approach as well as integrating knowledge and methods from the natural, technical, social sciences, and humanities. Projects often target the interface among technology, society, policy and politics. Several of our projects directly advise national and trans-national governments (EU, UN) and provide guidance for international organizations and networks.

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Director: Viktor Lagutov

The Laboratory aims at modeling of environmental and social systems using various software packages. Special attention is paid to cartography and application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to environmental analysis and management. The Laboratory also hosts the vast Environmental Collection of data and publications on ecosystem changes in the region.

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UNEP Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Collaborating Center

Director: Ruben Mnatsakanian

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy is one of the collaborating centers in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Project, launched by UNEP (United Nations Environment Program) in 1995. The GEO project has two components: 
. A global environmental assessment process that is cross-sectoral, participatory and consultative. 
. GEO outputs, in printed and electronic formats, including the GEO report series.

The Collaborating Centers play a very important role in the GEO reporting process, being responsible for research, writing, and review of the regional parts of the reports and also providing specialized expertise. Since 1997, three GEO reports have been published. CEU has participated in the GEO process since 1996.