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Structuring Complexity in Sustainability Science with the Multilevel DPSIR Framework: the Case of the Swedish Sugar System

Author:
  • Barry Ness
  • Stefan Anderberg
  • Lennart Olsson
Publishing year: 2008
Language: English
Pages:
Publication/Series: Sustainability Science
Document type: Working paper

Abstract english

Sustainability science needs new methods which allow 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 multilevel institutional framework represented by Torsten Hägerstrand’s system of nested domains. The proposed taxonomy assists to decipher and understand the key casual chains and societal responses at the appropriate spatial levels for particular sustainability problem areas. To illustrate the scheme more concretely a sampling of problems of unsustainability from the case of the sugar production system in Sweden is used. The discussion focuses on how the scheme fulfills the four research strategy requirements within the field of sustainability science.

Keywords

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Complex systems
  • Sustaianbility Science
  • Sweden
  • sugar

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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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