The survey is now closed. Thank you for your time and participation

This invitation is from the co-chairs of a subtask force under the UN Environment Programme’s Life Cycle Initiative. Our subtask is working on creating a global model for weighting of issues that are important for our environment, human health and natural resources. This research is needed in order to help decision-makers prioritise when analyses of the complex world we live in provide answers that point in different directions. Decision-makers sometimes have to rank these important matters (environment, human health and natural resources) in order to make decisions. The nature of this work is subjective and value based, so we have developed a survey to learn what preferences people around the world have on these matters. In order to get a representative picture for the complex world we live in, with such different levels of income and ways of living, we need lots of people around the world to answer our survey.

What we would like you to do?

  1. We would really appreciate if you could answer the survey. Here is the access link [We recommend you use Chrome or Safari browser]:
  2. We need responses from a representative global population, so it would be great if you could also distribute this survey to as many people as possible in your country and network.

Some very brief background on the survey:

This research project is for the UN Environment Programme, consisting of a survey for weighting environmental impacts. The project is led by Dr. Marco Cinelli from Leiden University College (LUC) and Dr. Cecilia Askham from the Norwegian Institute for Sustainability Research (NORSUS). It aims to identify the different importance levels that citizens assign to various environmental impacts (called Areas of Protection, AoP).

Further key information about the survey:

  • The survey is available in several languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu.
  • There is a consent form at the start of the survey where respondents will be asked if they consent to participating.
  • Those participating in the survey will be asked questions related to:
    • Basic background characteristics (education, gender, age group, geographical area of residence)
    • Different importance levels that they assign to various environmental impacts, which will be in the form of different scenarios
    • Feedback on the survey
  • The survey is likely to take between 15-20 minutes to
  • The participation is voluntary and further details about data confidentiality, participation, among others, are reported at the start of the survey.

We hope that you are able to support us by asking your network, friends and family to answer the survey and very much appreciate this effort on our behalf.

Cecilia Askham and Marco Cinelli

Co-chairs of the weighting subtask, Life Cycle Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme