Sustainability Science is an emerging, transdisciplinary academic field that aims to help build a sustainable global society by drawing and integrating research from the humanities and the social, natural, medical and engineering sciences combined with knowledge from relevant actors from outside academia such as policy-makers, businesses, social organizations and citizens. The field is focused on examining the interactions between human, environmental, and engineered systems to understand and contribute to solutions for complex challenges that threaten the future of humanity and the integrity of the life support systems of the planet, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution and land and water degradation. This working group focuses on the concept ‘Sustainability Science’.
Vital questions that will be investigated are:
– What core ideas does this concept embody?
– What insights does the concept provide, particularly regarding cultural, economic, political, social and technological change for sustainability?
– Has its trajectory or evolution been affected by resistance or critique? And if so, what kind of critique has been raised against it and from what ontological and epistemological position(s) and perspective(s)?
– What is the future of SS, should it remain an open field or should it be institutionalised? Does it compete with or complement disciplinary science?
For more information please contact:
Prof. Anne Jerneck
Professor in Sustainability Science
Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies
Dr. Thaddeus Miller
Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Portland State University,
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