Planet4B Project – Horizon 2020

The Horizon 2020 research project “Planet4B” has been approved and funded.

“Planet4B. Understanding Plural values, intersectionality, Leverage points, Attitudes, Norms, Behaviour and Social Learning in Transformation for Biodiversity decision making”

Main data:

  • Call: HORIZON-CL6-2022-BIODIV-01
  • Type of action: HORIZON-RIA
  • Activity: HORIZON-CL6-2022-BIODIV-01-09
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Starting: 1st December 2022
  • Network’s Countries: UK, CZ, HU, AT, NO, DE, NL, IT, CH, BE

Italian Unit: University of Pisa: Department of Political Science (Coordinator), Department of Agriculture, Interdisciplinary Centre Science for Peace.

Italian Team: Matteo Villa (Coordinator), Maura Benegiamo, Marta Bonetti, Gianluca Brunori, Luigi Pellizzoni, Daniele Vergamini.


Alarming and continued loss of biodiversity now threatens both the biosphere and human life through failures in fundamental ecosystem service delivery. System-wide transformative changes are needed, including altering paradigms, behaviour and values (IPBES, 2019). To address this, PLANET4B will provide insight into the diverse perceptions of biodiversity and its communication to understand behaviours and motivations around biodiversity prioritisation. Existing multidisciplinary behaviour theories (e.g. framing, nudging, leverage points) that could be applied for biodiversity decision-making will be explored. Factors such as gender, religion, ethnicity, race, age, culture, disability will be reviewed to understand how they can potentially impact biodiversity perception and decision making. Founded on this knowledge, a transdisciplinary framework will be developed for changing attitudes and behaviour in a generative way, which actively embraces the transformative power of plural knowledges and intersectional diversity. Relevant behaviour change (e.g. experiential games), creative and deliberative (e.g. story-telling) methods will be adapted and applied in 11 place-based and sectoral cases from 8 countries, EU and at global level to explore the applicability of these theories and methods for triggering transformative change. Having monitored the impacts of these co-creative and participatory interventions in a range of key sectors, as well as socio-cultural and environmental settings, the findings will be synthesised and scaled up to EU and global levels to serve as inputs for EU and international policies (e.g. implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, post-2020 global biodiversity framework) and for businesses about how transformative change can be triggered. Target groups, sectors and institutions will be enabled with the gained knowledge and methods to initiate transformative change.