Inequality and the Biosphere

Posted: 26 Oct 2018

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Maike Hamann

Stellenbosch University

Kevin Berry

University of Alaska Anchorage

Tomas Chaigneau

University of Exeter

Tracie Curry

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Robert Heilmayr

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Patrik J.G. Henriksson

Stockholm University

Jonas Hentati-Sundberg

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Amir Jina

Harris Public Policy, University of Chicago ; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Emilie Lindkvist

Stockholm University

Yolanda Lopez-Maldonado

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Emmi Nieminen

Government of the Republic of Finland - Finnish Environment Institute

Matías Piaggio

Universidad de la Republica

Jiangxiao Qiu

University of Florida

Juan C. Rocha

Stockholm University

Caroline Schill

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Alon shepon

Weizmann Institute of Science

Andrew R. Tilman

University of Pennsylvania

Inge van den Bijgaart

Gothenburg University

Tong Wu

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Biology and Society

Date Written: October 2018

Abstract

Rising inequalities and accelerating global environmental change pose two of the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century. To explore how these phenomena are linked, we apply a social-ecological systems perspective and review the literature to identify six different types of interactions (or “pathways”) between inequality and the biosphere. We find that most of the research so far has only considered one-directional effects of inequality on the biosphere, or vice versa. However, given the potential for complex dynamics between socioeconomic and environmental factors within social-ecological systems, we highlight examples from the literature that illustrate the importance of cross-scale interactions and feedback loops between inequality and the biosphere. This review draws on diverse disciplines to advance a systemic understanding of the linkages between inequality and the biosphere, specifically recognizing cross-scale feedbacks and the multidimensional nature of inequality.

Suggested Citation

Hamann, Maike and Berry, Kevin and Chaigneau, Tomas and Curry, Tracie and Heilmayr, Robert and Henriksson, Patrik J.G. and Hentati-Sundberg, Jonas and Jina, Amir and Lindkvist, Emilie and Lopez-Maldonado, Yolanda and Nieminen, Emmi and Piaggio, Matías and Qiu, Jiangxiao and Rocha, Juan C. and Schill, Caroline and shepon, Alon and Tilman, Andrew R. and van den Bijgaart, Inge and Wu, Tong, Inequality and the Biosphere (October 2018). Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 43, pp. 61-83, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3273320 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-102017-025949

Maike Hamann

Stellenbosch University

Private Bag X1
Stellenbosch, Western Cape 7602
South Africa

Kevin Berry

University of Alaska Anchorage ( email )

3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
United States

Tomas Chaigneau

University of Exeter ( email )

Northcote House
The Queen's Drive
Exeter, Devon EX4 4QJ
United Kingdom

Tracie Curry

University of Alaska Fairbanks ( email )

Fairbanks, AK 99775-6660
United States

Robert Heilmayr

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) ( email )

Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States

Patrik J.G. Henriksson

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Jonas Hentati-Sundberg

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) ( email )

S-901 83 Umea
Sweden

Amir Jina

Harris Public Policy, University of Chicago ( email )

1155 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Emilie Lindkvist

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Yolanda Lopez-Maldonado

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) ( email )

Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
Munich, DE Bavaria 80539
Germany

Emmi Nieminen

Government of the Republic of Finland - Finnish Environment Institute ( email )

00260 Helsinki
Finland

Matías Piaggio

Universidad de la Republica ( email )

Gonzalo Ramirez 1926
Montevideo, 11200
Uruguay

Jiangxiao Qiu

University of Florida ( email )

PO Box 117165, 201 Stuzin Hall
Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
United States

Juan C. Rocha

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Caroline Schill

The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences ( email )

P.O. Box 50005
Stockholm, 104 05
Sweden

Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University ( email )

Kräftriket 2B
Stockholm, 10691
Sweden

Alon Shepon

Weizmann Institute of Science ( email )

234 Herzl Street
Rehovot, 76100
Israel

Andrew R. Tilman

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Inge Van den Bijgaart

Gothenburg University ( email )

Sweden

Tong Wu (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Center for Biology and Society ( email )

Post Office Box 874701
Tempe, AZ 85287-4701
United States

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