The browser you are using is not supported by this website. All versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported, either by us or Microsoft (read more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-ie-support).

Please use a modern browser to fully experience our website, such as the newest versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.

Anne Jerneck

Anne Jerneck

Professor, Docent

Anne Jerneck

Resourcification : A Non-Essentialist Theory of Resources for Sustainable Development

Author

  • Hervé Corvellec
  • Johan Hultman
  • Anne Jerneck
  • Johan Ekroos
  • Susanne Arvidsson
  • Niklas Wahlberg
  • Timothy Luke

Summary, in English

Overuse of resources is accelerating today’s negative trends in climate change, ecosystem destruction, and biodiversity loss. The ultimate result is contemporary human societies are reaching or exceeding the limits of planetary boundaries. It is therefore imperative to articulate a new theoretical understanding of resources and the ethical, political and environmental conditions of their use. In this article, we introduce a radical departure from existing paradigms, which treat resources as having fixed essential qualities usually ready-to-exploit by anyone who finds them, to a non-essentialist theory of how resources never exist in this fashion as such. Instead, they come into being as the result of social processes. We label this approach resourcification. This shift offers a new theoretical platform for developing a post-sustainability understanding of the relationships of humans to humans, to other living creatures, and to the physical environment, which is more suited to meet the challenges of working with the sustainable development goals in the Anthropocene.

Department/s

  • Department of Service Management and Service Studies
  • Faculty Office
  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
  • Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC)
  • BECC: Biodiversity and Ecosystem services in a Changing Climate
  • Accounting and Corporate Finance
  • Systematic Biology Group
  • Biological Museum
  • Biodiversity

Publishing year

2021-12-23

Language

English

Pages

1249-1256

Publication/Series

Sustainable Development

Volume

29

Issue

6

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Topic

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Ecology

Keywords

  • Anthropocene
  • Genes
  • Labor
  • Resources
  • Waste

Status

Published

Project

  • Resourcification - Theme, Pufendorf IAS

Research group

  • Systematic Biology Group

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0968-0802