The multidimensional nature of environmental, technological and energy phenomena makes it necessary to incorporate social research and human behaviour in these areas. From the design of sustainability, saving and energy efficiency policies to the installation of new technological infrastructures and the management of existing ones, or the design of campaigns to get people involved in environmental and technological issues, systematic research on social and human aspects is essential, as well as the potential impacts of these interventions and policies.

Through its participation in funded research projects, collaboration agreements, and research networks, CISOT aims to contribute to the development of research and knowledge on the social dimensions of the environment, energy, and safety.

Its main line of research is called Social Research. This line develops research into the social and psychosocial dimensions of the environment, the energy system and the risks. From a transdisciplinary approach, we incorporate the knowledge and methods of the social sciences into Ciemat's own research areas. The ultimate aim is to generate relevant empirical evidence for the design, implementation and evaluation of environmental and energy policies.

At the same time, there are two sub-lines:

  • Social research on sustainability, environmental and technological risks
  • Safety and risk in complex systems: Studies in culture, organisations and human factors

This sub-line includes the analysis of the the social acceptance of energy systems; the studies of social and subjective vulnerability towards environmental and technological risks; and the design of related public engagment strategies. The ultimate aim is generating suitable empirical evidence for the design, implementation and evaluation of publics policies to foster sustainable behaviour and favour ecological transitions.