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Pereira, L.M., Morrow, D.R., Aquila, V., Beckage, B., Beckbesinger, S., Beukes, L., Buck, H.J., Carlson, C.J., Geden, O., Jones, A.P., Keller, D.P., Mach, K.J., Mashigo, M., Moreno-Cruz, J.B., Visioni, D., Nicholson, S. & Trisos, C.H. 2021. From fairplay to climate wars: making climate change scenarios more dynamic, creative, and integrative. Ecology and Society 26(4), 30.
Understanding possible climate futures that include carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation modification (SRM) requires thinking not just about staying within the remaining carbon budget, but also about politics and people. However, despite growing interest in CDR and SRM, scenarios focused on these potential responses to climate change tend to exclude feedbacks between social and climate systems (a criticism applicab...
Gupta, J., Liverman, D., Bai, X., Gordon, C., Hurlbert, M., Inoue, C.Y.A., Jacobson, L., Kanie, N., Lenton, T.M., Obura, D., Otto, I.M., Okereke, C., Pereira, L., Prodani, K., Rammelt, C., Scholtens, J., Tabara, J.D., Verburg, P.H., Gifford, L. & Ciobanu, D. 2021. Reconciling safe planetary targets and planetary justice: Why should social scientists engage with planetary targets? Earth System Governance 10, 100122.
As human activity threatens to make the planet unsafe for humanity and other life forms, scholars are identifying planetary targets set at a safe distance from biophysical thresholds beyond which critical Earth systems may collapse. Yet despite the profound implications that both meeting and transgressing such targets may have for human wellbeing, including the potential for negative trade-offs, there is limited social science...
Pereira, L.. 2021. Follow the ‘Ting: sorghum in South Africa. Food, Culture & Society. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15528014.2021.1984631
This paper follows sorghum, an indigenous, but currently underutilized, grain in South Africa, through six encounters to discover its potential to transform the country’s food system. By listening to stories from diverse perspectives, it shows that the re-inclusion of sorghum could not only diversify diets, but could also move toward breaking colonial stereotypes of what constitutes aspirational food. It employs a Follow the T...
Pereira, L., Asrar, G., Bhargava, R., Fisher, L., Hsu, A., Jabbour, J., Nel, J., Selomane, O., Sitas, N., Trisos, C., Ward, J., van den Ende, M., Vervoort, J., Weinfurter, A.. 2021. Grounding global environmental assessments through bottom-up futures based on local practices and perspectives. Sustainability Science. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-021-01013-x
Future scenarios and pathways of potential development trajectories are powerful tools to assist with decision-making to address many sustainability challenges. Such scenarios play a major role in global environmental assessments (GEAs). Currently, however, scenarios in GEAs are mostly developed at the global level by experts and researchers, and locally imagined, bottom-up scenarios do not play a role in such assessments. In...
Kuiper, J., Wijk, D., Mooij, W., Remme, R., Peterson, G., Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, S., Mooij, C., Leltz, G., Pereira, L.. 2021. Exploring desirable nature futures for National Park Hollandse Duinen. Authorea. August 09, 2021. DOI: 10.22541/au.162792252.23771630/v2
Achieving global sustainability goals requires most people and societiesto fundamentally alter their relationship with nature. New approachesare called for to guide change processes towards sustainable futuresthat embrace the plurality of people’s perspectives on nature. This paper presents a novel approach to exploring desirable futures fornature and people that was developed through an application in National Park Hollandse...
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Ely, A., Marin, A., Charli-Joseph, L., Abrol, D., Apgar, M., Atela, J., Ayre, B., Byrne, R., Choudhary, B.K., Chengo, V. and Cremaschi, A., 2020. Structured Collaboration Across a Transformative Knowledge Network—Learning Across Disciplines, Cultures and Contexts?. Sustainability, 12(6), p.2499.
Realising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require transformative changes at micro, meso and macro levels and across diverse geographies. Collaborative, transdisciplinary research has a role to play in documenting, understanding and contributing to such transformations. Previous work has investigated the role of this research in Europe and North America, however the dynamics of transdisciplinary research on ‘trans...
Archer, E., Dziba, L.E., Mulongoy, K.J., Maoela, M.A., Walters, M., Biggs, R., Salem, M.C., DeClerck, F., Diaw, M.C., Dunham, A.E. and Failler, P., 2020. Biodiversity and ecosystem services on the African continent–What is changing, and what are our options?. Environmental Development, p.100558.
Throughout the world, biodiversity and nature's contributions to people are under threat, with clear changes evident. Biodiversity and ecosystem services have particular value in Africa– yet they are negatively impacted by a range of drivers, including land use and climate change. In this communication, we show evidence of changing biodiversity and ecosystem services in Africa, as well as the current most significant drivers ...
Rana, S., Ávila-García, D., Dib, V., Familia, L., Gerhardinger, L.C., Martin, E., Martins, P.I., Pompeu, J., Selomane, O., Tauli, J.I. and Tran, D.H., 2020. The voices of youth in envisioning positive futures for nature and people. Ecosystems and People, 16(1), pp.326-344.
The unpredictable Anthropocene poses the challenge of imagining a radically different, equitable and sustainable world. Looking 100 years ahead is not easy, and especially as millennials, it appears quite bleak. This paper is the outcome of a visioning exercise carried out in a 2-day workshop, attended by 33 young early career professionals under the auspices of IPBES. The process used Nature Futures Framework in an adapted v...
Skrimizea, E., Lecuye, L., Bunnefeld, N., Butler, J.R., Fickel, T., Hodgson, I., Holtkamp, C., Marzano, M., Parra, C., Pereira, L. and Petit, S., 2020. Sustainable agriculture: Recognizing the potential of conflict as a positive driver for transformative change. Advances in Ecological Research, pp.255-311.
Transformative changes in agriculture at multiple scales are needed to ensure sustainability, i.e. achieving food security while fostering social justice and environmental integrity. These transformations go beyond technological fixes and require fundamental changes in cognitive, relational, structural and functional aspects of agricultural systems. However, research on agricultural transformations fails to engage deeply with ...
Scoones, I., Stirling, A., Abrol, D., Atela, J., Charli-Joseph, L., Eakin, H., Ely, A., Olsson, P., Pereira, L., Priya, R. and van Zwanenberg, P., 2020. Transformations to sustainability: combining structural, systemic and enabling approaches. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 42, pp.65-75.
The imperatives of environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation and social justice (partially codified in the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) call for ambitious societal transformations. As such, few aspects of actionable knowledge for sustainability are more crucial than those concerning the processes of transformation. This article offers a brief overview of different conceptualisations of transformation, and ou...
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