CICERO - Center for International Climate Research

In the Local Solutions group, we do research on and for transformation processes towards a low-emission and climatically adapted society. In doing so, we analyze interactions between relevant processes and actors at different scales in order to produce high-quality research that is applicable for various societal actors. By drawing on both qualitative and quantitative methods, we investigate how individuals, and different societal groups influence and respond to the combined effects of social, political and environmental changes.

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In January 2021, the Norwegian government presented an ambitious plan to reduce Norway's climate emissions by up to 55 percent by 2030 compared with 1990 (Ministry of Climate and Environment 2021). To achieve this, transport policy must support comprehensive emission reductions that are at the same time perceived as sufficiently fair that it can be maintained over time. This is the starting point in the collaborative project SUSTAIN.

UPSCALE - Oppskalering av bærekraftig deling ved hjelp av offentlige biblioteker

This project addresses how public libraries can be used as hubs for an upscaling of collaborative consumption contributing to the transformation to a low emission society.

Flexeffect -Flexible electricity use in households: barriers, opportunities and effects

The project will meet the urgent need for social science research on flexible electricity policy and technology in Norway.

Indian prime minister Modi is re-elected. What now for climate policy and mitigation?

India is the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases and is set to become the world’s most populous country by 2025, thus it is by sheer size one of the most important actors in global climate governance. What will five new years of Modi/BJP government mean for climate policy and measures?

Governance practices in the transition to a low-carbon future

Governance practices as well as obstacles for the public acceptability of low-carbon policies took center stage when researchers met with stakeholders in two fruitful workshops mid-June. Reports from the project will be out soon!

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Enabling the European Union

This project seeks to enable people of the European Union to go even greener - in transportation, heating and cooling, and electricity choices - by understanding the drivers of our energy choices. 


The TRANSFORM project explores how Norwegian municipalities can contribute to transformation to a low-emission society.

ACT - Public responses to climate policy instruments

ACT will establish the first scientifically based annual survey tracking Norwegians’ attitudes and actions in response to climate policy instruments.


I prosjektet «Climate emission and energy use planning at the local level: Top-down directives and bottom-up responses» har vi undersøkt hvordan SPR-en har blitt fulgt opp av kommunene gjennom de lokale prosesser og tiltak som retningslinjen har utløst.

Sis-klimat- Climate transitions in the Norwegian food system

How can the Norwegian food production - consumption system be changed towards sustainable production of more climate friendly food? This overarching question targets opportunities for climate change adaptation and emission reductions, but also looks for co-benefits for, and stronger links between, producers and consumers.

Power from the People? Driving forces and hindrances

We address the driving forces and barriers for households in Norway to become producers of electricity which is made possible by smart grids and smart meters, allowing energy users not only to consume energy, but also to generate energy and feed this into the grid.


PITCH focuses on how governance, values and norms and organizations are important preconditions for societal transformation to happen in a climate change context.

SIS Future Africa - Co-production of climate services in South Africa and Tanzania

The core idea of this project is the production of climate information through the co-production of climate services. However, the type of and need for climate information depend very much on the location, sector and livelihood of people.

The Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP)

HICAP is a collaboration between three organisations – CICERO, ICIMOD, and GRID-Arendal. The programme aims to enhance the resilience of mountain communities, and particularly of women, through improved understanding of vulnerabilities, opportunities, and potentials for adaptation.