1a. Theoretical approaches (e.g. sustainability science, resilience, transformations, post-normal science)

Track Chairs:

Marlen Gabriele Arnold. Corporate Environmental Management. Chemnitz University of Technology. Germany. marlen.arnold@wirtschaft.tu-chemnitz.de

Walter J.V. Vermeulen. Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands. w.j.v.vermeulen@uu.nl

Goals and objectives of the track

Sustainability science stresses the interrelations and interdisciplinary of sustainability challenges. It connects research and practice, local and global angles, and disciplines across all branches, like social sciences, natural science and, life science, and applied sciences. What are new or inspiring contributions of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary insights or solutions towards sustainability?
Resilience is a crucial capability and characteristics of dynamic systems. However, in permanent changing environments and anthropogenic caused accelerated development time, preconditions and structures might change. So, how is resilience formed and can be retained in different contexts light of sustainability?
Transformations highlight fundamental and groundbreaking or innovative long-term challenges and changes in society, environment, economy, and technology. The main question is how stepwise or radical, and targeted or unintended pathways can enhance and foster sustainability in manifold perspectives around the globe.
Post-normal science emphasizes the uncertainties and conditions of decisions that real-world problems are based on. Black swans and black elephants have to be recognized and integrated in analysis and problem-solving strategies. What kind of new concepts and pitfalls are of importance in the light of sustainability?

Contributions shall focus on descriptive, normative or prescriptive approaches and theory development bringing different sciences together to address sustainability challenges. New methods and tools as well as lateral thinking are also invited.


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Deadline for abstracts: 30 November 2017 7 January 2018