CICERO - Center for International Climate Research

In CICERO we want to execute research that makes a real difference on the local level. We focus on all aspects of the processes of transformation towards a low-emission society. We can assist with knowledge of processes (what we call Short-travelled Quality) calculations and instruments, and knowledge about climate affairs in the municipal sector.

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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!

Local environmental agreements' contribution to sustainable land and transport development

In this project we look at the potential of comprehensive urban environment agreements to achieve sustainable housing, area and transport development

Not All Grass is Green

Is our appetite for meat part of the climate problem? Can it be the solution? A study sheds new light on the old discussion about pastorals and sustainability.

Drivers and scenarios for the food value chain in Norway by 2030

The aim of this workshop was to create a better understanding of the linkages between different parts in the food value chain, and which factors or drivers of change are important in its future development.

People in the Himalayas need the glaciers

Melting glaciers below 6000 metres create problems for Himalayan farmers.

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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.