OBSERVA - Observatory of Environment, Territory and Society of the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon promotes the two-way communication between scientific research and society in the areas of environment and territory.
OBSERVA's mission is to bring together projects and activities of the Research Group on Environment, Territory and Society (GIATS) with different types of public, by publicising results, promoting debates and workshops, conducting training, publishing studies, providing useful information for the definition of public policies and dissemination of knowledge about environment, territory and society to the general public. OBSERVA also conducts nationwide surveys and maintains databases on environmental and territorial issues.
Its activities focus on a necessarily vast and complex field, addressing several thematic areas related to the environment and the territory: participation and citizenship; evaluation of public policies; role of media and education for sustainability; consumer and food practices; urban transitions; study of representations, attitudes and behaviour towards the environment, climate, energy, and territory. It currently has the role of contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2030).