Research Groups & Centers

Research Groups

The Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG)

EPRG is a University-wide platform for energy policy research. EPRG hosts regular seminars and an Energy Policy Lecture Series. EPRG welcomes PhD students and faculty from all CEU departments.

Email: eprg {@}
Web: (old website)  

The Environmental and Social Justice Action Research Group 

ACT JUST is a platform for dialogue, scholarship, and activism in the broad field of environmental and social justice.

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Web: (old website)

The Spatial Mapping and Analysis Research Group (SMARG)

SMARG of the Central European University (CEU) aims to be a focal point of the University geospatial research and teaching activities. Initiated and hosted by the CEU Environmental Systems Laboratory the Research Group brings together faculty, researchers and students from various University departments and units covering the entire range of possible application of geospatial methods, technologies and software packages.

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Research  Centers

Environmental Systems Laboratory

Director: Viktor Lagutov

The Systems Laboratory aims at enabling use of latest Information and Communication Technologies in the areas of CEU core expertise. Special attention is paid to modeling of environmental and social systems and promoting use of geospatial technologies. Syslab develops and runs the graduate courses and workshops on use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing tailored for the needs of various CEU departments and units.

Syslab also conducts regular in-service trainings for practitioners and professionals on using ICTs in various domains, such as disaster management, water security, biodiversity conservation, among others. In order to keep up with latest developments and provide participants with first hands information, Syslab cooperates with global leaders in geospatial technologies, such as UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, UN Development Program, European Comission's Joint Research Center, Esri, Google. See the ISEPEI Project for more details.

The Spatial Mapping and Analysis Research Group was launched by Syslab in 2012 to establish the platform for CEU community to cooperate on applying geospatial technologies in cross-departmental and multidisciplinary research.

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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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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.