Re-shaping Sustainability Science for the 21st Century: Young Scientists’ Perspectives

Thomas Schinko, Edoardo Borgomeo, Mikko Dufva, Lukas Figge, Fabian Schipfer

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    Humanity is facing unprecedented environmental, social and economic challenges. We ask what the role of the sustainability science community should be in tackling these challenges, focusing particularly on young scientists’ perspectives on the issue. On the basis of a questionnaire and a workshop with young scientists, we identify four major challenges facing humanity and develop three guidelines for sustainability science that seeks to address them. Results show that to help address humanity’s grand challenges, sustainability scientists need to move towards a trans-disciplinary system view of science and sustainability science problems. According to this view knowledge emerges from a collaborative and transdisciplinary environment and young scientists are trained to work across disciplinary boundaries and engage with policy communities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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