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Chad Boda

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Values, science, and competing paradigms in sustainability research: furthering the conversation

Author

  • Chad Boda

Summary, in English

Sustainability science is fundamentally a problem-driven and solutions-oriented science which necessitates engagement with questions of interdisciplinarity and normativity. Nagatsu et al. (2020) recently investigated the significance of these peculiar characteristics and produce a useful and timely overview of the problems facing sustainability science, as a science. Perhaps the most crucial and crosscutting challenge they identify regards the need for researchers to justify the particular values guiding sustainability research. In the spirit of advancing Nagatsu et al.’s agenda for further developing the role of values in sustainability science, I argue two things. First, that there are in practice several active and competing approaches to dealing with the problem of normativity in sustainablity science that provide options to researchers. Second, that this unresolved tension at the core of sustainability science points to a more overarching problem, namely the need to more explicitly identify coherent, competing research paradigms within the field.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2021-08-18

Language

English

Publication/Series

Sustainability Science

Issue

16

Document type

Journal article (comment)

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Human Geography

Keywords

  • Sustainability science
  • Normativity
  • Hegelian ethics
  • immanent critique

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1862-4057