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Environmental Protest in Western Europe$

Christopher Rootes

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199252060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199252068.001.0001

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(p.280) Appendix B The TEA (Transformation of Environmental Activism) Project

(p.280) Appendix B The TEA (Transformation of Environmental Activism) Project

Environmental Protest in Western Europe
Oxford University Press

This project, funded by the European Commission (DG XII—Research contract no.: ENV4‐CT97‐0514), commenced in March 1998. Data collection was completed in September 2001. The partners in the project were:

  • University of Kent at Canterbury—Christopher Rootes (coordinator)

  • Science Centre for Social Research, Berlin (WZB)—Dieter Rucht

  • University of Aalborg—Andrew Jamison

  • Juan March Institute, Madrid—Manuel Jiménez

  • University of the Basque Country, Bilbao—Iñaki Barcena and Pedro Ibarra

  • National Foundation of Political Sciences (CEVIPOF), Paris—Olivier Fillieule

  • University of Crete—Maria Kousis

  • University of Florence—Donatella della Porta

  • University of Strathclyde—Mario Diani

The project aims to examine the various forms of environmental activism, changes in their relative incidence during the 1990s and from one EU member state to another, and changes in environmental movement organizations (EMOs) and their relationships with other actors within and outside the wider environmental movement. It also aims to advance explanations for the patterns of variation, and to examine their implications for policy‐making at the European level.

The project has involved systematic comparison of the incidence and forms of environmental activism and its relationship with EMOs in Germany, Britain, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Sweden, and the Basque Country as well as at the level of the European Union itself.

The investigation embraces three complementary strategies:

  1. (1) the quantitative and qualitative study of protest events about environmental issues by means of the analysis of reports published in mass media and environmental movement publications;

  2. (2) examinations, based on literature, documents, and interviews, of EMOs and their relations with other actors;

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  4. (3) observation and interviews at local level of current/recent cases of envir‐onmental contention, and exploration, principally by means of analysis of local media reports and informant interviews, of the incidence and forms of environmental action in selected localities, urban and rural.

Further information on the project is posted at: www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/TEA.html.