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Structuring sustainability issues: the case of the Swedish sugar system

Author:
  • Barry Ness
  • Stefan Anderberg
Publishing year: 2007
Language: English
Document type: Conference paper

Abstract english

This paper suggests an approach to conceptualize problems of unsustainability situations by embedding the Drivers-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) scheme within a system of jurisdictional levels represented by Torsten Hägerstrand’s system of nested domains. Taken together these frameworks offer one way to decipher complex situations at different levels by identifying specific problem areas, their associated driving forces, actors, discover where problem-solving attempts are occurring, and where applicable, spot where contradictions and/or disconnects may lie (e.g. conflicting policy goals, policy gaps, technological deficiencies). To illustrate the scheme the case of the multiple problems associated with the sugar production system in Sweden is used. The result is a representation of the important driving forces at a number of levels and better insights as to where contradictions, scalar disconnects within the system lie.

Keywords

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Other

NGM (Nordic geographers Meeting), 2007
2007-06-15 - 2007-06-17
Bergen, Norway
Unpublished
Barry Ness
E-mail: barry [dot] ness [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se

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Introduction

Barry Ness is Associate Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies and Director of Studies of the PhD Research School. He is also the Director of the local interaction platform in Skåne for the Mistra Urban Futures project, and, and the editor-in-chief of Challenges in Sustainability (Librello Publishing). His current research interests include inter- and transdisciplinary approaches for both comprehending and addressing complex sustainability challenges.

He is also a researcher and work package leader for the Globally and Locally-sustainable Food-Water-Energy Innovation in Urban Living Labs (GLOCULL) project, focusing on creating an urban living lab approach for the food-water-energy nexus. Barry is also a project researcher in LUCID project and the TRANSFORM project (starting autumn 2018). 


 

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