Re-shaping Sustainability Science for the 21st Century: Young Scientists’ Perspectives

Schinko T, Borgomeo E, Dufva M, Figge L, & Schipfer F (2017). Re-shaping Sustainability Science for the 21st Century: Young Scientists’ Perspectives. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-17-001

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Abstract

Humanity is facing unprecedented environmental, social and economic challenges. We ask what the role of the sustainability science community should be in tackling these challenges, focusing particularly on young scientists’ perspectives on the issue. On the basis of a questionnaire and a workshop with young scientists, we identify four major challenges facing humanity and develop three guidelines for sustainability science that seeks to address them. Results show that to help address humanity’s grand challenges, sustainability scientists need to move towards a trans-disciplinary system view of science and sustainability science problems. According to this view knowledge emerges from a collaborative and transdisciplinary environment and young scientists are trained to work across disciplinary boundaries and engage with policy communities.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Working Paper)
Research Programs: Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA)
Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2017 13:27
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2017 17:23
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/14375

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