Topic 1a Theoretical Approaches


Recommended Reading:
In ‘Journey to Earthland’ (2016) Paul Raskin sketches his vision on the “Great Transition to Planetary Civilization: available here. Recommended reading!

Inspiring video explains basics in 5 minutes.


Next Conference: Track 1a

Please look for more information on track 1a at the 2019 Nanjing Conference.

Related UN-SDGs

Past Conference

At the 2018 ISDRS Conference in June 2018 in Messina, Italy presentations in our track on theoretical approaches stressed some pivotal topics in sustainability science, like resilience and systems modelling. Moreover, the challenges and limitations caused by human behavior were discussed. The presentations were enriched by thrilling case studies and the presentations came up with new and interesting insights, e.g. concerning SDG impact and housing.

Knowledge Resources

State of the Art:
There is emerging agreement that sustainability challenges require new ways of knowledge production and decision-making: read here for more.
Collaborative research and teaching in international networks is critical, as it allows for accelerating learning by sharing problem understandings, successful solutions: read here for more.

Recommended Sources:
1) One of the useful academic teaching books is written by Bert de Vries.
2) Look at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on Data, Indicators & more.
3) Useful courses available at the UN SDG Academy; see for example “The Age of Sustainable Development”


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Who are we?

Who are we?

Dr. Walter J.V. Vermeulen, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, Netherlands

LinkedIn Discussions in our Topic group 1a

Recent discourses on the ISDRS LinkedIn discussion group:

Oct 2017 Peter Strachan posted: Sustainable Energy and Transition Theory

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