Solutions-oriented research for sustainability: Turning knowledge into action
In this perspective, we reflect upon the question: what processes may help transition scientific insights on sustainability issues into practice and thus contribute to tackling the complex, systemic sustainability problems of today?
We use five forerunners in the field of providing and brokering knowledge for science informed real world solutions, all published in Ambio and highlighted in this Anniversary collection, as our starting point.
We discuss how the authors present solutions, whom they tried to reach, and what was suggested—implicitly or explicitly—as the potential uptake processes for turning scientific knowledge into practice. With this as the starting point, we discuss how sustainability science, as a field vowed to action, has evolved in its views of actors, pathways for impacts, and the potential roles of research and researchers to promote sustainability transformations.
Research news | 2022-09-29
Recent graduates reflect on what it’s like to do a master’s at the centre
Straight from their final presentations, MSc graduates Bérénice Robaglia and Nora Giertz share insights into their master thesis projects, time at the centre and future plans.
Research news | 2022-09-28
To curb biodiversity loss, development cooperation needs a rethink
Working paper highlights the need for development cooperation to adopt complexity-aware theories of change
Research news | 2022-09-23
Civil society could be the gamechanger for climate policymaking
To make climate policies fair and effective we need to harness the power of civil society, argues centre researcher Thomas Hahn
Research news | 2022-09-19
Turning food by-products into fodder could feed a billion people
Using waste from food production to feed livestock and aquaculture could help feed more people with less
Research news | 2022-09-13
Mutual interests and benefits are no guarantee for increased collaboration
Awareness of interdependencies may not promote, but instead even inhibit, exchange and dialogue between different policy actors
Research news | 2022-09-08
World at risk of passing multiple climate tipping points above 1.5°C global warming
Human emissions have already pushed Earth into the danger zone. Five of sixteen identified tipping point may be triggered at today’s temperatures