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Elmqvist, T., Andersson, E., McPhearson, T. et al. Urbanization in and for the Anthropocene. npj Urban Sustain 1, 6 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42949-021-00018-w
Key insights on needs in urban regional governance - Global urbanization (the increasing concentration in urban settlements of the increasing world population), is a driver and accelerator of shifts in diversity, new cross-scale interactions, decoupling from ecological processes, increasing risk and exposure to shocks. Responding to the challenges of urbanization demands fresh commitments to a city–regional perspective in ways...
Winkelmann, R., Donges, J., F., Smith, K.E., Milkoreit, M., Eder, C., Heitzig, J., Katsanidou, A., Wiedermann, M., Wunderling, N., Lenton, T.M. 2021. Social tipping processes for sustainability: An analytical framework. arXiv:2010.04488
Societal transformations are necessary to address critical global challenges, such as mitigation of anthropogenic climate change and reaching UN sustainable development goals. Recently, social tipping processes have received increased attention, as they present a form of social change whereby a small change can shift a sensitive social system into a qualitatively different state due to strongly self-amplifying (mathematically ...
Venter, Z.S., Shakleton, C.M., Van Staden, F., Selomane, O., Masterson, V.A. 2021. Green Apartheid: Urban green infrastructure remains unequally distributed across income and race geographies in South Africa. Landscape and Urban Planning Volume 203, November 2020, 103889, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.103889
Urban green infrastructureprovides ecosystem services that are essential to human wellbeing. A dearth of national-scale assessments in the Global South has precluded the ability toexplore how political regimes, such as the forced racial segregation in SouthAfrica during and after Apartheid, have influenced the extent of and access togreen infrastructure over time. We investigate whether there are disparities ingreen infrastru...
Haider, L.J., Schlüter, M., Folke, C. et al. Rethinking resilience and development: A coevolutionary perspective. Ambio 50, 1304–1312 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-020-01485-8
The interdependence of social and ecological processes is broadly acknowledged in the pursuit to enhance human wellbeing and prosperity for all. Yet, development interventions continue to prioritise economic development and short-term goals with little consideration of social-ecological interdependencies, ultimately undermining resilience and therefore efforts to deliver development outcomes. We propose and advance a coevolut...
Guerrero, A.M., Jones, N.A., Ross, H., Virah-Sawmy, M. and Biggs, D., 2021. What influences and inhibits reduction of deforestation in the soy supply chain? A mental model perspective. Environmental Science & Policy, 115, pp.125-132.
Multiple sustainability initiatives have emerged in response to the environmental impacts of soy production, especially deforestation and climate change. But company commitments to reduce deforestation in their supply chains are not leading to outcomes on the ground. Achieving concerted action by supply chain actors requires consideration of their diverse perspectives. We investigate the mental models of Producer Associations...
Harmáčková, Z.V., Blättler, L., Aguiar, A.P.D. et al. 2021. Linking multiple values of nature with future impacts: value-based participatory scenario development for sustainable landscape governance. Sustain Sci, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11625-021-00953-8
Reaching sustainable and just futures for people and nature requires tackling complex social-ecological challenges across multiple scales, from local to global. Pathways towards such futures are largely driven by people’s decisions and actions, underpinned by multiple types of motivations and values. Thus, understanding the link between potential futures and the values underpinning them represents a key question of current su...
West, S., Haider, J.L., Stålhammar, S., Woroniecki, S. 2021. Putting relational thinking to work in sustainability science – reply to Raymond et al. Ecosystems and People, Volume 17, 2021 - Issue 1, https://doi.org/10.1080/26395916.2021.1898477
We welcome Raymond et al.’s invitation to further discuss the ‘pragmatics’ of relational thinking in sustainability science. We clarify that relational approaches provide distinct theoretical and methodological resources that may be adopted on their own, or used to enrich other approaches, including systems research. We situate Raymond et al.’s characterization of relational thinking in a broader landscape of differing approa...
Tengö, M., Andersson, E. 2021. Solutions-oriented research for sustainability: Turning knowledge into action. Ambio (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-020-01492-9
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 s...
Crona, B., Wassénius, E., Lillepold, K., Watson, R., Selig, E., Hicks, C., Österblom, H., Folke, C., Jouffray, J.B. and Blasiak, R., 2021. Sharing the seas: A review and analysis of ocean sector interactions. Environmental Research Letters.
Ocean activities are rapidly expanding as Blue Economy discussions gain traction, creating new potential synergies and conflicts between sectors. To better manage ocean sectors and their development, we need to understand how they interact and the respective outcomes of these interactions. To provide a first comprehensive picture of the situation, we review 3187 articles to map and analyze interactions between economically im...
Marcinko, C.L.J., Nicholls, R., Daw, T., Hazra, S., Hutton, C., et.al. 2021. The Development of a Framework for the Integrated Assessment of SDG Trade-Offs in the Sundarban Biosphere Reserve. Water 2021, 13(4), 528; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13040528
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their corresponding targets are significantly interconnected, with many interactions, synergies, and trade-offs between individual goals across multiple temporal and spatial scales. This paper proposes a framework for the Integrated Assessment Modelling (IAM) of a complex deltaic socio-ecological system in order to analyze such SDG interactions. We focused on the Sun...
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