The UW Center for Environmental Politics (CEP) was created to study the environment from the social science perspective. The director Aseem Prakash said there hasn’t been enough action taken on climate change even though there are several available technologies to help address the change, but unless we understand the politics and the social science of environmental challenges, we will not be able to address them.
“We have an excellent College of the Environment, we have excellent natural and physical scientists, but the social science understanding remained quite poor,” Prakash said. “And University of Washington, I think, despite all of its resources, did not have a platform.”
The CEP has acted as an innovator in the field of examining environmental challenges through a social science lens since its founding and hopes to cover more issues and involve even more scholars and community members in the future.
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