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Bergen Summer Research School

Open Lecture @ BSRS 2017

Sustainability Science: The state of the field

A review of the state of sustainability science and some of the challenges with which researchers are grappling

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William Clark
Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

Discussant
Alberto D. Cimadamore
CROP Scientific Director / CROP Secretariat

Sustainability science has emerged over the last two decades as a vibrant field of research and innovation.  Today, the field has developed a core research agenda, an increasing flow of results, and a growing number of universities committed to teaching its methods and findings.

Like "agricultural science" and "health science" sustainability science is a field defined by the problems it addresses rather than by the disciplines it employs. In particular, the field seeks to facilitate a "transition toward sustainability" improving society’s capacity to use the earth in ways that advance human well-being now and in the future. 

This presentation will review the state of sustainability science and some of the challenges with which researchers are now grappling.

The lecture is part of the Bergen Summer Research School and is open to the public.

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