The browser you are using is not supported by this website. All versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported, either by us or Microsoft (read more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-ie-support).

Please use a modern browser to fully experience our website, such as the newest versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.

David Harnesk (photo Emilio José Bernard)

David Harnesk

Postdoctoral Fellow

David Harnesk (photo Emilio José Bernard)

Three crucial considerations when presenting alternative paradigms in sustainability research

Author

  • Chad Boda
  • David Harnesk

Summary, in English

Sustainability science (SS) is diverse field of problem-driven and solution-oriented research that is still developing. The further maturation of the field relies on its practitioners formulating alternative paradigms to use-inspired knowledge production to facilitate comparison and reasoned judgment on what constitutes scientific best practices. In this short article, we flag several blind spots that can arise in attempts to articulate potential paradigms in SS. We identify and discuss three crucial components that should be included when constructing and presenting potential paradigms in the field, namely the necessity of 1) comparing suggested alternatives with available competitors, 2) preserving scientific integrity in scientific knowledge production, and 3) clarifying the particular contribution of scientific knowledge to social change. Keeping sight of these three important issues will allow the still developing field of SS to mature in a way that builds on scientific comparison and reasoned judgment among the field’s practitioners, with implications for advancing its research agenda. The issues we outline here should not only concern authors, but reviewers and editors of SS journals as well.

Department/s

  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)

Publishing year

2022-03-16

Language

English

Publication/Series

Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Springer

Topic

  • Climate Research
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Keywords

  • Sustainability Science
  • Action-oriented research
  • Scientific knowledge production
  • Competing paradigms

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 2190-6491