Understanding Sustainability

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Carewa, Anna L. and Fern Wicksonb. 2010. "The TD Wheel: A heuristic to shape, support and evaluate transdisciplinary research." Futures 42:1146-1155. [PDF]

Clark, Susan G., Murray B. Rutherford, Matthew R. Auer, David N. Cherney, Richard L. Wallace, David J. Mattson, Douglas A. Clark, Lee Foote, Naomi Krogman, Peter Wilshusen, and Toddi Steelman. 2011. "College and University Environmental Programs as a Policy Problem (Part 1): Integrating Knowledge, Education, and Action for a Better World?" Environmental Management 47(5):701-715. [part 2 (PDF)]

Clark, Susan G., Murray B. Rutherford, Matthew R. Auer, David N. Cherney, Richard L. Wallace, David J. Mattson, Douglas A. Clark, Lee Foote, Naomi Krogman, Peter Wilshusen, and Toddi Steelman. 2011. "College and University Environmental Programs as a Policy Problem (Part 2): Strategies for Improvement." Environmental Management 47(5):716-726. [PDF] [part 1]

Clark, William C. 2007. "Sustainability Science: A Room of its Own." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(6):1737-1738. [PDF] [related video]

  • "Like 'agricultural science' and 'health science,' sustainability science is a field defined by the problems it addresses rather than by the disciplines it employs." (p. 1737)

Clark, William C. 2009. "Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development. Progress report from an international research program of the Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability." Academy of Sciences of the Developing World (TWAS), U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), CGIAR (ICRAF/ILRI/CIFOR/ASB), Sustainability Science Program. Harvard University, Cambridge. [slide presentation (PDF)]

Clark, William C. and N.M. Dickson. 2003. "Sustainability Science: The Emerging Research Program." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 100(14):8059-8061.

Clark, William C., Paul J. Crutzen, and Hans J. Schellnhuber. 2005. "Science for Global Sustainability: Toward a New Paradigm." CID Working Paper #120, Center for International Development (CID), Harvard University, Cambridge.

Clark, William C., Paul J. Crutzen, and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber. 2004. "Science for Global Sustainability: Toward a New Paradigm." Pages 1-28 in H.J. Schellnhuber, P.J. Crutzen, W.C. Clark, M. Claussen, and H. Held (eds.), Earth System Analysis for Sustainability, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press, Cambridge. [PDF

Ecological Economics "is concerned with extending and integrating the study and management of nature's household (ecology) and humankind's household (economics). This integration is necessary because conceptual and professional isolation have led to economic and environmental policies which are mutually destructive rather than reinforcing in the long term. The journal is transdisciplinary in spirit and methodologically open."

Gaziulusoy, A. İdil and Carol Boyle. 2013. "Proposing a heuristic reflective tool for reviewing literature in transdisciplinary research for sustainability." Journal of Cleaner Production 48:139-147.  [PDF]

Hirsch Hadorn, Gertrude, David Bradley, Christian Pohl, Stephan Rist, and Urs Wiesmann. 2006. "Implications of transdisciplinarity for sustainability research." Ecological Economics 60(1):119-128. [PDF

Lang, Daniel J., Arnim Wiek, Matthias Bergmann, Michael Stauffacher, Pim Martens, Peter Moll, Mark Swilling, and Christopher J. Thomas. 2012. "Transdisciplinary Research in Sustainability Science: Practice, Principles, and Challenges." Sustainability Science 7(Supplement 1):25-43. [PDF]

Lawton, Ricky N. and Murray A. Rudd. 2013. "Crossdisciplinary research contributions to the United Kingdom′s National Ecosystem Assessment." Ecosystem Services 20 August. 

Mihelcic, James R., John C. Crittenden, Mitchell J. Small, David R. Shonnard, David R. Hokanson, Qiong Zhang, Hui Chen, Sheryl A. Sorby, Valentine U. James, John W. Sutherland, and Jerald L. Schnoor. 2003. "Sustainability Science and Engineering: The Emergence of a New Metadiscipline." Environmental Science and Technology 37(23):5314-5324.

Sustainability Science "probes interactions between global, social, and human systems, the complex mechanisms that lead to degradation of these systems, and concomitant risks to human well-being. The journal provides a platform for building sustainability science as a new academic discipline which can point the way to a sustainable global society by facing challenges that existing disciplines have not addressed. These include endeavors to simultaneously understand phenomena and solve problems, uncertainty and application of the precautionary principle, the co-evolution of knowledge and recognition of problems, and trade-offs between global and local problem solving.

The journal promotes science-based predictions and impact assessments of global change, and seeks ways to ensure that these can be understood and accepted by society. Sustainability Science creates a transdisciplinary academic structure and discovery process that fuses the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. 

  • Definition: "Sustainability is defined as dynamic stability in global, social, and human systems and their interactions over time. Sustainable science is characterized by two important objectives. One is to integrate the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities by means of a holistic approach. And the second is to address pressing global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and poverty issues, particularly in developing countries."

Weinstein, Michael P., R. Eugene Turner, and Carles Ibáñez. 2013. "The Global Sustainability Transition: It Is more than Changing Light Bulbs." Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 9(1):4-15.

  • "Abstract: Current policies and norms to reconcile human demands for resources with the Earth’s ability to supply them have resulted in practices that mainly treat the symptoms of unsustainability rather than their underlying causes. Moreover, the increase in our knowledge about humankind’s role in ecosystems is not keeping pace with our understanding of the consequences of our actions, resulting in a deepening inability to address sustainability issues. The extreme complexity and intricate workings of the world require the expansion of our mental models in a systems-thinking framework if we are to realize a sustainable place for humans in it. The challenge of the emerging transdiscipline of sustainability science lies in developing specific tools and processes, including curriculum development and a new generation of systems models, to help us better understand complexity — uncertainty and surprise, scale, hierarchy, and feedback loops — and to educate a new generation of sustainability scientists to design better policies, to facilitate social learning, and to catalyze the technical, economic, social, political, and personal changes needed to create a sustainable world."

  • Summary: The paper employs the dual-pillar sustainability model based on human and natural systems, stated as "coupled human-environment systems" (CH-ESs). From an education perspective, the authors frame six challenges all related to the principal challenge of finding a way for humans to meet their needs without compromising future options while also maintaining ecological integrity. Included in the six are: reconciling that the worldview articulated in the Bretton Woods agreement in 1944, that economic growth must reach all persons and must continue indefinitely, must change; that our economy must reduce energy consumption and the throughput of resources; we must fundamentally change the way our cities are built and operate; and that we must learn how to create resiliency in human systems. The authors also discuss six sustainability dimensions five—technical, economic, social, political, and personal—embedded in nature.

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