The Team

The RARE project is being carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of 16 scientists, researchers and consultants from seven leading research institutions from across the EU.

You will find a brief description of these institutions below. If you are interested in the specific responsibilities that individual partners take over within the project or in the addresses and contacts please click on the links in the left-hand navigation.

The Öko-Institut/ Institute for Applied Ecology (Germany) is an independent German research and consultancy institution, carried by a private association and recognised by law as a non-profit organisation. Founded in 1977, its research is orientated to sustainability, especially environmental considerations. There are at present about 100 permanent staff members working at the institute in offices at Freiburg, Darmstadt and Berlin. The Öko-Institut has a tradition in working both inter-disciplinarily and closely with stakeholders, including companies.

The Fridjof Nansen Institute (FNI, Norway) is an independent foundation engaged in research on international environmental, energy, and resource management politics. The Institute seeks to maintain a multi-disciplinary approach, with main emphasis on political science, economics, and international law. It collaborates extensively with other institutions, in Norway and abroad.

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI, Sweden) is an independent and non-profit international research institute specialising in sustainable development and environment issues. SEI’s mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development around the world by providing integrative knowledge that bridges science and policy in the field of environment and development. SEI employs around 100 research and support staff. Its headquarters are in Stockholm, with centres at York (UK), Boston (USA), Tallinn (Estonia), Bangkok (Regional Asia-Office), and an office at Oxford (UK).

The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM, Italy) is a no-profit, no-partisan research institution established to carry out research in the field of sustainable development. Recognised by the President of the Italian Republic in July 1989, it has since become a leading international research centre. One of its principal aims is to promote interaction between academic, industrial and public policy spheres in order to comprehensively address concerns about economic development and environmental degradation. FEEM also supplies technical support and advice to the public and private decision-making process.

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE, Hungary) is one of the greatest Hungarian higher education institutions. Its Department of Environmental Economics is part of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and was established in 1989. Its lecturers have degrees in a range of scientific areas (economics, engineering, forestry, chemistry, geosciences, law), which provides an extensive background for multidisciplinary research activity. The Department has participated in several successful international research projects and has fruitful relationships with universities and research institutes.

The Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung (ISOE)/ Institute for Social-Ecological Research (ISOE, Germany) was founded in Frankfurt/Main in 1988. The independent, non-profit research institute promotes transdisciplinary knowledge of the conflictual interactions between nature and society both from a theoretical and a practical perspective. Presently 18 researchers work at the Institute. The main areas of the Institute’s research are: water and social-ecological planning; science and research policy; everyday ecology and consumption; mobility and lifestyle analysis; population development and supply systems; gender and environment.

Peter Wilkinson Associates (United Kingdom): Peter Wilkinson is project consultant to Transparency International and member of the Secretariat for the Business Principles for Countering Bribery, a business framework for companies for countering bribery. The Business Principles are an initiative of Transparency International and Social Accountability International and were developed by an international multi-stakeholder Steering Committee. The Business Principles are now managed by a Transparency International Secretariat.