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Sustainability Science

A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Sustainability science is an academic discipline that emerged in response to threats to the sustainability of the global environment. Its purpose is to help build a sustainable society by developing solutions to climate change, the exhaustion of resources, ecological destruction and other environmental crises that threaten the future of humanity. Sustainability science seeks comprehensive, integrated solutions to complex problems and a restructuring of education and research that spans multiple disciplines. It demands the development of policies that protect the natural and cultural diversity of different regions and promotes the physical and economic health of their inhabitants. This volume offers approaches to the development of a transdisciplinary perspective that embraces natural, social and human sciences in the quest for a sustainable society. It also strives for a global perspective while incorporating the wisdom and experience of local societies.

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Introduction

Sustainability science is a discipline that points the way towards a sustainable society (Chapter 1). Sustainability science is more than just the collection of specific solutions to specific sustainability issues in specific contexts. But it has to incorporate methods to identify problems and solutions relating to sustainability in specific contexts and to manage the process of transitions to the solutions. In addition, it has to incorporate tools to implement solutions through influencing the behaviour of actors in society. This chapter introduces tools and methods to identify problems relating to sustainability issues, to find solutions, to manage the process of transition to solutions, and to implement solutions through influencing the behaviour of actors.

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