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Structuring problems in sustainability science: The multi-level DPSIR framework

Author:
  • Barry Ness
  • Stefan Anderberg
  • Lennart Olsson
Publishing year: 2010
Language: English
Pages: 479-488
Publication/Series: Geoforum
Volume: 41
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

Sustainability science needs approaches that allow for the integration of knowledge across disciplines and scales. This paper suggests an approach to conceptualize problems of unsustainability by embedding the Drivers-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) scheme within a multi-level institutional framework represented by Hagerstrand's system of nested domains. The proposed taxonomy helps to decipher and to better understand key casual chains and societal responses at the appropriate spatial levels for particular sustainability problem areas. To illustrate the scheme more concretely the example of recent problem-solving efforts for Baltic Sea eutrophication driven by Swedish agriculture is examined. The discussion focuses on how the scheme fulfills the four research strategy requirements within the field of sustainability science and how the scheme is distinct from alternative approaches. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • DPSIR
  • Hagerstrand
  • Eutrophication
  • Baltic Sea
  • Multi-level
  • Hierarchies
  • Sustainability science
  • Scale

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Published
  • ISSN: 1872-9398
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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