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Approaches for Framing Sustainability Challenges : Experiences from Swedish Sustainability Science Education

Author:
  • Barry Ness
Publishing year: 2019-11-13
Language: English
Pages: 35-53
Publication/Series: Framing in Sustainability Science : Theoretical and Practical Approaches
Document type: Book chapter
Publisher: Springer

Abstract english

Sustainability challenges are defined by their complex and multifaceted interactions between nature and society and contention as to how and where to direct problem-solving efforts. This chapter presents four different approaches that exist for framing sustainability challenge areas that are introduced and worked with by students in LUMES International Master Programme in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden. The approaches include the (1) Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) framework, (2) causal loop diagrams (CLDs), (3) multi-scale and level perspective, including transition theory and management, and the SES framework. Each approach is described and critically assessed, especially from the perspective of student mastery. The outcome of the chapter is a more comprehensive understanding of which approaches are useful for different sustainability problem constellations and a deeper comprehension of how the framing tools can be taught in sustainability science education.

Keywords

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Framing approaches
  • Sustainability education
  • DPSIR
  • Transition theory
  • SES framework
  • Sweden
  • CLDs

Other

Published
  • ISBN: 978-981-13-9061-6
  • ISBN: 978-981-13-9060-9
Barry Ness
E-mail: barry [dot] ness [at] LUCSUS [dot] lu [dot] se

Senior lecturer

LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

+46 46 222 48 09

+46 70 259 02 57

Wrangel, 113

Wrangel, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

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Associate professor

LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

+46 46 222 48 09

+46 70 259 02 57

Wrangel, 113

Wrangel, Biskopsgatan 5, Lund

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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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