Sustainability Science

21 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2001  

Robert Kates

Independent Scholar

William C. Clark

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

J. Michael Hall

Government of the United States of America - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Carlo Jaeger

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Ian Lowe

Independent

James J. McCarthy

Independent

Hans J. Schellnhuber

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK)

Bert Bolin

Stockholm University

Nancy M. Dickson

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Sylvie Faucheux

Independent

Gilberto C. Gallopin

Independent

Arnulf Gruebler

Independent

Brian Huntley

Independent

Jill Jäger

Harvard University - Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability (ISTS)

Narpat S. Jodha

Independent

Roger E. Kasperson

Independent

Akin Mabogunje

Independent

Pamela Matson

University of California, Berkeley

Harold Mooney

Stanford University - Department of Biological Sciences

Berrien Moore III

Independent

Tim O'Riordan

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Environmental Sciences

Uno Svedin

Independent

Date Written: December 2000

Abstract

The world's present development path is not sustainable. Efforts to meet the needs of a growing population in an interconnected but unequal and human-dominated world are undermining the Earth's essential life-support systems. Meeting fundamental human needs while preserving the life support systems of planet Earth will require a world-wide acceleration of today's halting progress in a transition toward sustainability. A significant response to this challenge has begun to emerge as a new field of sustainability science. This paper, written by a group of leading natural scientists, social scientists, and policy analysts from around the world, outlines the core questions of the field, the extensions of existing research strategies that will be required to address those questions successfully, and the institutional innovations that will be needed to develop an integrated system of research, assessment and decision support adequate for the task at hand.

Suggested Citation

Kates, Robert and Clark, William C. and Hall, J. Michael and Jaeger, Carlo and Lowe, Ian and McCarthy, James J. and Schellnhuber, Hans J. and Bolin, Bert and Dickson, Nancy M. and Faucheux, Sylvie and Gallopin, Gilberto C. and Gruebler, Arnulf and Huntley, Brian and Jäger, Jill and Jodha, Narpat S. and Kasperson, Roger E. and Mabogunje, Akin and Matson, Pamela and Mooney, Harold and Moore, Berrien and O'Riordan, Tim and Svedin, Uno, Sustainability Science (December 2000). KSG Working Paper No. 00-018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=257359 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.257359

Robert Kates

Independent Scholar

Cambridge, 02138

William C. Clark (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617-495-3981 (Phone)
617-495-8963 (Fax)

J. Michael Hall

Government of the United States of America - National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Washington, DC
United States

Carlo C. Jaeger

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) ( email )

P.O. Box 601203
14412 Potsdam, Brandenburg
Germany
+49 331 2882601 (Phone)
+49 331 2882600 (Fax)

Ian Lowe

Independent

No Address Available

James J. McCarthy

Independent

No Address Available

Hans J. Schellnhuber

Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK) ( email )

P.O. Box 601203
14412 Potsdam, Brandenburg
Germany

Bert Bolin

Stockholm University

Dept. of Meteorology
S-106 91 Stockholm
Sweden

Nancy M. Dickson

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
617-496-9469 (Phone)
617-495-8963 (Fax)

Sylvie Faucheux

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Gilberto C. Gallopin

Independent

No Address Available

Arnulf Gruebler

Independent

No Address Available

Brian Huntley

Independent

No Address Available

Jill Jäger

Harvard University - Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability (ISTS)

Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Narpat S. Jodha

Independent

No Address Available

Roger E. Kasperson

Independent

No Address Available

Akin Mabogunje

Independent

No Address Available

Pamela Matson

University of California, Berkeley

310 Barrows Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States

Harold Mooney

Stanford University - Department of Biological Sciences ( email )

Stanford, CA
United States

Berrien Moore III

Independent

No Address Available

Tim O'Riordan

University of East Anglia (UEA) - School of Environmental Sciences ( email )

Norwich, NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Uno Svedin

Independent

No Address Available

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