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Colding, J., Samuelsson, K., Marcus, L., Gren, Å., Legeby, A., Berghauser Pont, M., Barthel, S.. 2022. Frontiers in Social–Ecological Urbanism. Land. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/land11060929
This paper describes a new approach in urban ecological design, referred to as social–ecological urbanism (SEU). It draws from research in resilience thinking and space syntax in the analysis of relationships between urban processes and urban form at the microlevel of cities, where social and ecological services are directly experienced by urban dwellers. The paper elaborates on three types of media for urban designers to int...
Malmborg, K., Enfors-Kautsky, E., Schultz, L., Norström, A. 2022. Embracing complexity in landscape management: Learning and impacts of a participatory resilience assessment. Ecosystems and People. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/26395916.2022.2061596
Landscapes and their management are at the center of many of the sustainability challenges that we face. Landscapes can be described as social-ecological systems shaped by a myriad of human activities and biophysical processes, interacting across space and time. Managing them sustainably requires considering this complexity. Resilience thinking offers ways to address complexity in decision-making. In this paper, we analyse th...
Garcia, C., Savilaakso, S., Verburg, R., Stoudmann, N., Fernbach, P., Sloman, S., Peterson, G., Araújo, M., Bastin, J., Blaser, J., Boutinot, L., Crowther, T., Dessard, H., Dray, A., Francisco, S., Ghazoul, J., Feintrenie, L., Hainzelin, E., Kleinschroth, F., Naimi, B., Novotny, I., Oszwald, J., Pietsch, S., Quétier, F., Robinson, B., Sassen, M., Sist, P., Sunderland, T., Vermeulen, C., Wilmé, L., Wilson, S., Zorondo-Rodríguez, F., Waeber, P.. 2022. Strategy games to improve environmental policymaking. Nature Sustainability. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41893-022-00881-0
While the scientific community documents environmental degradation and develops scenarios to identify the operational margins of system Earth, less attention is given to how decisions are made that steer the system in one direction or the other. We propose to use strategy games for this purpose, increasing the representation of human agency in scenario development and creating spaces for deliberation between different worldvie...
Downing, A., Kumar, M., Andersson, A., Causevic, A., Gustafsson, Ö., Joshi, N., Krishnamurthy, C., Scholtens, B., Crona, B.. 2022. Unlocking the unsustainable rice-wheat system of Indian Punjab: Assessing alternatives to crop-residue burning from a systems perspective. Ecological Economics. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2022.107364
Crop residue burning in Indian Punjab emits particulate matter with detrimental impacts on health, climate and that threaten agricultural production. Though legal and technological barriers to residue burning exist – and alternatives considered more profitable to farmers – residue burning continues. We review black carbon (BC) emissions from residue burning in Punjab, analyse social-ecological processes driving residue burnin...
Uusitaloa, L., Blenckner, T., Puntila-Dodda, R., Skyttäa, A. et al. 2022. Integrating diverse model results into decision support for good environmental status and blue growth, Science of The Total Environment, Volume 806, Part 2. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.150450.
Sustainable environmental management needs to consider multiple ecological and societal objectives simultaneously while accounting for the many uncertainties arising from natural variability, insufficient knowledge about the system's behaviour leading to diverging model projections, and changing ecosystem. In this paper we demonstrate how a Bayesian network- based decision support model can be used to summarize a large body o...
Kininmonth, S.; Blenckner, T.; Niiranen, S.; Watson, J.; Orio, A.; Casini, M.; Neuenfeldt, S.; Bartolino, V.; Hansson, M. 2022. Is Diversity the Missing Link in Coastal Fisheries Management? Diversity, 14, 90. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14020090
Fisheries management has historically focused on the population elasticity of target fish based primarily on demographic modeling, with the key assumptions of stability in environmental conditions and static trophic relationships. The predictive capacity of this fisheries framework is poor, especially in closed systems where the benthic diversity and boundary effects are important and the stock levels are low. Here, we presen...
Chapin, F., Weber, E., Bennett, E., Biggs, R., van den Bergh, J., Adger, W., Crépin, A., Polasky, S., Folke, C., Scheffer, M., Segerson, K., Anderies, J., Barrett, S., Cardenas, J., Carpenter, S., Fischer, J., Kautsky, N., Levin, S., Shogren, J., Walker, B., Wilen, J., de Zeeuw, A.. 2022. Earth stewardship: Shaping a sustainable future through interacting policy and norm shifts. Ambio 51, 1907–1920 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-022-01721-3
Transformation toward a sustainable future requires an earth stewardship approach to shift society from its current goal of increasing material wealth to a vision of sustaining built, natural, human, and social capital—equitably distributed across society, within and among nations. Widespread concern about earth’s current trajectory and support for actions that would foster more sustainable pathways suggests potential social ...
Österblom, H., Folke, C., Rocha, J. et al. Scientific mobilization of keystone actors for biosphere stewardship. Sci Rep 12, 3802 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-07023-8
The biosphere crisis requires changes to existing business practices. We ask how corporations can become sustainability leaders, when constrained by multiple barriers to collaboration for biosphere stewardship. We describe how scientists motivated, inspired and engaged with ten of the world’s largest seafood companies, in a collaborative process aimed to enable science-based and systemic transformations (2015–2021). CEOs face...
van Vuuren, D.P., Zimm, C., Busch, S., Kriegler, E., et.al. 2022. Defining a sustainable development target space for 2030 and 2050. One Earth, Volume 5, Issue 2, 18 February 2022, Pages 142-156, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2022.01.003
With the establishment of the sustainable development goals (SDGs), countries worldwide agreed to a prosperous, socially inclusive, and environmentally sustainable future for all. This ambition, however, exposes a critical gap in science-based insights, namely on how to achieve the 17 SDGs simultaneously. Quantitative goal-seeking scenario studies could help explore the needed systems' transformations. This requires a clear de...
Barnes, M.L., Jasny, L., Bauman, A., B., J. 2022. ‘Bunkering down’: How one community is tightening social-ecological network structures in the face of global change. People and Nature, https://doi.org/10.1002/pan3.10364
Complex networks of relationships among and between people and nature (social-ecological networks) play an important role in sustainability; yet, we have limited empirical understanding of their temporal dynamics. We empirically examine the evolution of a social-ecological network in a common-pool resource system faced with escalating social and environmental change over the past two decades. Our results depict a community t...
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