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1 - Citizen participation in sustainability assessments

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 September 2009

Bernd Kasemir
Affiliation:
Research fellow John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Director SustainServ Consulting, Zurich and Sustainable Mobility Intelligence Group, Boston
Carlo C. Jaeger
Affiliation:
Head of the Social Systems Department Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); Professor Modelling Social Systems, University of Potsdam
Jill Jäger
Affiliation:
Former Executive Director International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), Bonn
Bernd Kasemir
Affiliation:
Harvard University, Massachusetts
Jill Jäger
Affiliation:
International Human Dimensions Programme, Bonn
Carlo C. Jaeger
Affiliation:
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Matthew T. Gardner
Affiliation:
Biogen Inc.
William C. Clark
Affiliation:
Harvard University, Massachusetts
Alexander Wokaun
Affiliation:
Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
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Summary

The challenge

Perhaps the biggest challenge of our times is the task of achieving a transition to sustainability, a transition that will enable people around the world to live free from want and fear without compromising the ability of future generations to do so as well (Annan 2000). Research that supports such a transition can build upon first steps toward understanding nature–society interactions from two converging areas of study. The first area is work in environmental science, that has not only made substantial contributions toward our understanding of the natural world, but also has begun to include human causes and impacts of environmental change. The second area is work in economic, social, and development studies, that has started to go beyond purely societal issues and to incorporate environmental factors as well.

The emerging field of ‘sustainability science’ combines these two areas of study and uses these foundations for a better understanding of complex dynamic interactions between social, environmental, and economic issues. In order to be successful and robust, sustainability science needs to include methods and procedures for increasing public participation in its discussions and debates. In the current volume, we discuss why this is the case, and what such procedures for public participation in sustainability science could look like. We have used the issue of climate change and its relation to urban lifestyles as a case study to examine the possible roles of public participation in sustainability science.

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Print publication year: 2003

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  • Citizen participation in sustainability assessments
    • By Bernd Kasemir, Research fellow John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Director SustainServ Consulting, Zurich and Sustainable Mobility Intelligence Group, Boston, Carlo C. Jaeger, Head of the Social Systems Department Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); Professor Modelling Social Systems, University of Potsdam, Jill Jäger, Former Executive Director International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), Bonn
  • Edited by Bernd Kasemir, Harvard University, Massachusetts, Jill Jäger, International Human Dimensions Programme, Bonn, Carlo C. Jaeger, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Matthew T. Gardner, Biogen Inc.
  • Foreword by William C. Clark, Harvard University, Massachusetts, Alexander Wokaun, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
  • Book: Public Participation in Sustainability Science
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511490972.005
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  • Citizen participation in sustainability assessments
    • By Bernd Kasemir, Research fellow John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Director SustainServ Consulting, Zurich and Sustainable Mobility Intelligence Group, Boston, Carlo C. Jaeger, Head of the Social Systems Department Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); Professor Modelling Social Systems, University of Potsdam, Jill Jäger, Former Executive Director International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), Bonn
  • Edited by Bernd Kasemir, Harvard University, Massachusetts, Jill Jäger, International Human Dimensions Programme, Bonn, Carlo C. Jaeger, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Matthew T. Gardner, Biogen Inc.
  • Foreword by William C. Clark, Harvard University, Massachusetts, Alexander Wokaun, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
  • Book: Public Participation in Sustainability Science
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511490972.005
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  • Citizen participation in sustainability assessments
    • By Bernd Kasemir, Research fellow John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Director SustainServ Consulting, Zurich and Sustainable Mobility Intelligence Group, Boston, Carlo C. Jaeger, Head of the Social Systems Department Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); Professor Modelling Social Systems, University of Potsdam, Jill Jäger, Former Executive Director International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), Bonn
  • Edited by Bernd Kasemir, Harvard University, Massachusetts, Jill Jäger, International Human Dimensions Programme, Bonn, Carlo C. Jaeger, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Matthew T. Gardner, Biogen Inc.
  • Foreword by William C. Clark, Harvard University, Massachusetts, Alexander Wokaun, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland
  • Book: Public Participation in Sustainability Science
  • Online publication: 22 September 2009
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511490972.005
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