Main research activities are concentrated into the novel approaches in studying environmental governance. In particular concerns are theory of commons, social innovations as mechanisms to innovate governance under the complexity.

Experimental platform – Virtual laboratory of experimental social sciences (VEEL) has been established by CETIP under the SPECTRA+ and collaboration with Virtual Scientific Laboratories (VSL) initiated by Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity (CSID), Arizona State University. Laboratory mission is to increase innovative potential of interdisciplinary natural-social science and to address frontiers research challenges.

CETIP participated on field experiments with common pool resources coordinated with Elinor Ostrom (2007) and under the supervision of Dr. Marco Janssen, (2009-2011) who was also hosted by CETIP at a research visit in September –October 2011 (read more).

The frontiers of research interests are the analysis and prediction of individual and group behaviour in decision-making under the complexity and uncertainty of external disturbances. The complexity of the contemporary world, in particular the diversity of interests, multiple-decision actors, and the spatial dynamics of economic and natural processes have dramatically increased the probability of unexpected events and the vulnerability of traditional socio-ecological systems. Adaptation to those disturbances requires new governance and policy approaches.

Novel research challenges address governance innovations on modelling collective actions under controlled conditions to reduce the uncertainty of information and the complexity of social, technological and biological factors. Frontiers research concerns also social innovations, ecosystem service governance, transition to low carbon societies, and polycentric governance and transdisciplinary collaboration

H2020 project SIMRA deals with social innovations in marginalized rural areas and where CETIP team is involved in designing SIMRA classification of social innovations in marginalized rural areas and transdisciplinary framework of social innovations development as well as in case study data collection in Slovakia. CETIP together with Slovak Academy of Science hosted the first SIMRA Social Innovation Think Tank workshop: Shaping social Innovation in marginalized rural areas (2016) with key note speech of professor Suzan Baker, Cardiff university, UK.

Under the partnership with Earth System Governance, CETIP contributed to global governance research within the completed Cost Action Transformation of Global Environmental Governance, which focused on cross-scale governance mechanisms, in particular regional inter-linkages (participation in several publications including Science, MIT press, etc.). In 2011 CETIP organized the international workshop: The Role of New Approaches in Studying Sustainable Governance: Experimental Research and Modelling of Governance Processes.

Concept of multiple method approach (originally by Pottete, Janssen, Ostrom, 2010) has been developed by CETIP as the training course to support intergenerational continuity and increase research and collaborative capacity of doctoral and post doctoral interdisciplinary researchers. To date the course has been incorporated into the regular PhD program at Slovak University of Technology and Comenius University Bratislava. In October 2012 it become part of training series of the European Society for Ecological Economics, which is follow up program to successful series of THEMES project (read more).

Visit of Dr. Marco Janssen, director of partner Centre to Study Institutional Diversity (CSID) at Arizona State University was undertaken in September and October 2011 (read more).

Prof. Dan Bromley and Jouni Paavola undertaken research visit in October 2012 (read more).

We plan to continue inviting important international researchers for short-term and long-term research visits and exchange visit of our researchers.

Series of discussion sessions organized jointly by CETIP, CSID and other partners has been undertaken within numerous international scientific conferences since 2009 (read more).

Experimental methods in governance of the commons in social and natural science has been expanded as topic of scientific and popularization projects during the established activities such as “The Researchers’ Night”. Web based version of Forestry game was tested with students from Primary Schools and Gymnasium in Bratislava, Slovakia. The game was adopted for educational purposes. The aim of this experiment is to develop children’s ability to make decisions on natural resources, collectively and responsibly (read more).