EPIGOV projekt uurib keskkonnapoliitika lõimimise võimalusi ja meetodeid teiste valdkondade poliitikasse ühiskonna korralduse erinevatel astmetel: globaalsel tasemel, Euroopa Liidu tasemel, riiklikul tasemel, piirkondlikul ja kohalikul tasemel.
EPIGOV is a research project on the modes of governance employed at global, EU, national and regional/local levels to support the integration of environmental concerns into other policy areas. Relevant policy areas are, for example, transport, agricultural, and energy policy. Running over three years (2006-2008), EPIGOV brings together nineteen research institutions from ten European countries. EPIGOV aims to co-ordinate and synthesise existing research on environmental policy integration and multi-level governance and to generate new research questions and initiatives. To obtain feedback and disseminate results, EPIGOV will also involve policy-makers and non-state stakeholders. EPIGOV addresses two sets of main research questions: Which modes of governance are used to improve environmental policy integration (EPI) at different levels of governance? Is it possible to identify dominant modes at particular levels? Which modes are particularly effective or promising? Which effects does the presence/interaction of the same/different modes of governance at different levels of governance have on EPI? The project will focus primarily on the first question of identifying modes of governance which are used to support EPI. Building on this, it will be possible to address interaction effects at a later stage in the project. EPIGOV is build around three thematic conferences which will be held over the duration of the project. The EPIGOV partners will produce a range of different types of publications, including literature reviews, state-of-the-art reports, research papers, a final synthesis report, and a policy paper.