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:
(1) Cambridge Sustainability Commission Report (50 page or so report including the following):
(2) Cambridge Sustainability Commission Paper: a 5000-7000 word synthesis paper in Global Sustainability
The first commission is “Cambridge Sustainability Commission on Scaling Sustainable Behaviour Change: State of Knowledge & Challenges for Societal System Transformations”, commissioned by the Copenhagen-based KR Foundation.
The global scientific assessment will be overseen by Professor Peter Newell of Sussex University, who will call on expertise across disciplines, regions and sectors to inform the commission’s work. He will also gather evidence from those working on sustainable behaviour change and is due to publish in 2021.
Find out more here: https://www.cambridge.org/core...