There is a rising recognition of the necessity and value of synthesizing the state of scientific knowledge, in a world of rapidly rising volume of research outputs across the world. Global assessments, such as the IPCC, MEA, GEA, are increasingly complemented by focused fast-track assessments, such as the IPCC SREX report and the IPES recent report on sustainable agriculture. We still face though, a scientific gap between reviews led by single authors, on the one hand, and global assessments, on the other hand.
To address this, Cambridge University Press has launched Cambridge Sustainability Commissions.
A Cambridge Sustainability Commission is a scientific assessment of any global sustainability issue pertaining to planetary and societal resilience, or any solutions for societal transformations. The CSC’s attempt to identify, appraise and synthesize all the evidence-based natural and/or social science expertise to answer specific research questions on the themes of global sustainability.
A Cambridge Sustainability Commission can only "come to life" after an approval by the Editorial leadership of the journal Global Sustainability of a project proposal. The journal is now open to receive proposals for new Cambridge Sustainability Commissions.
Such proposals need to present:
Normally a Cambridge Sustainability Commission will operate over a 12-18 month period.
For further inquiries or submission of proposals, please contact CambridgeSustainabilityCommission@cambridge.org
The reviewers of the project include: the Editor in Chief of Global Sustainability, the deputy editors and at least one Section Editor that is closest to the proposed commission theme; and from Cambridge University Press, the managing editor for the journal, currently Monica Moniz.
All outputs will be peer reviewed. They can be: