Bridging divides in sustainability science

Daniel J. Lang, Arnim Wiek, Henrik von Wehrden

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Abstract

Transdisciplinary research between diverse academic and societal actors is a core practice in sustainability science. However, it often seems to fail in delivering new scientific insights while also significantly contributing to sustainability transformations. It is also often experienced as a burden instead of adding value, which leads to fatigue and disengagement. To address these challenges, we propose to bridge four divides: (i) positioning and linking disciplinary and transdisciplinary research; (ii) transferring and scaling insights from real-world experimentation; (iii) opening the “extended ivory towers” and reaching a majority of relevant societal actors; (iv) aligning research practice with broader sustainability values such as collaboration, mindfulness, and altruism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalSustainability Science
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StateAccepted/In press - Nov 1 2017

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Keywords

  • Engagement
  • Impact
  • Solutions
  • Stakeholders
  • Sustainability science theory
  • Transformations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Health(social science)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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Bridging divides in sustainability science. / Lang, Daniel J.; Wiek, Arnim; von Wehrden, Henrik.

In: Sustainability Science, 01.11.2017, p. 1-5.

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Lang, Daniel J. ; Wiek, Arnim ; von Wehrden, Henrik. / Bridging divides in sustainability science. In: Sustainability Science. 2017 ; pp. 1-5.
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