Article review: Sustainability within the Academic EcoHealth Literature: Existing Engagement and Future Prospects

Lisitza and Wolbring took on a significant task when they decided to map the instances of Sustainability in the Academic EcoHealth landscape. 647 academic articles were tracked and qualitative and quantitative data was taken, and the results can be found in their report here. Two things struck me about the findings in this report: 1) Unsustainability: Lisitza and Wolbring state The term “unsustainable”… Read more

Simon Wessen: Green dream

While a future where renewable energy prevails is a dream for many, today the UK is still heavily reliant on older power generation technology such as coal, gas and nuclear. What steps are necessary to make the renewable energy future a reality? For the first time ever renewable energy surpassed coal in supplying the UK’s electricity for a whole quarter according to government statistics released in September 2015,… Read more

The Middle East: most water stressed region in the world by 2040?

This region will suffer from acute water scarcity, as projected by dreary future scenarios for 2020, 2030 and 2040 – at least according to an August 2015 report by environmental think tank World Resources Institute (WRI). The WRI report covers the globe, but the emphasis on the Middle East comes from the fact that it harbors 14 of the 33 likely most water stressed countries in 2040. The statistics include nine countries… Read more

Doing Science Differently – Contributions from Social Science and the Humanities to the Sustainable Seas National Science Challenge: Guest blogger Kate Davies

Key words: Ecosystem Based Management, Interdisciplinary, National Science Challenge, Social Science, Sustainable Seas Introduction The introduction of the eleven National Science Challenges, funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) over the next ten years, is generating some exciting opportunities for the social science and humanities research community in New Zealand. In… Read more

Is Sustainability Science a sustainable discipline?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] In 2007, the American Association for the Advancement of Science counted 32 sustainability science programs at colleges and universities in the United States. Today, there are 118. Universities across the country are increasingly buying into the idea of sustainability science as an academic discipline, and like many of my fellow academics, I consider it to be academia’s… Read more

Now Open – The Smart City

Earlier this year, ISSC called for contributors to a book of blogs called ‘Dialogues of sustainable urbanisation: social science research and transitions to urban contexts’. Seven months later and the book is published online. Over 80 urban social researchers across the world have contributed their work to the book of blogs. The book is a diverse mix of research, thoughts, and developments on sustainable… Read more

Vertically Integrated Science: Creating Solutions for Climate Change Challenges

The biggest climate change challenges from a social science perspective  is not just to understand physics and natural events that are occurring, but to understand those in the context of risk and risk mitigation for human activities. A good example of climate change challenges was the big storm in Wellington. Houses in Eastbourne and Seatoun were affected by enormous waves. If you’re a sand hopper you might… Read more