Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach

by Hiroshi Komiyama
     
 

ISBN-10: 9280811800

ISBN-13: 9789280811803

Pub. Date: 04/29/2011

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

Sustainability science is a new academic discipline emerging in response to threatened sustainability of the global environment. The purpose of this discipline is to help build a sustainable society by developing solutions to climate change, resource exhaustion, ecological destruction, and other environmental crises that threaten humanity.

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Sustainability science is a new academic discipline emerging in response to threatened sustainability of the global environment. The purpose of this discipline is to help build a sustainable society by developing solutions to climate change, resource exhaustion, ecological destruction, and other environmental crises that threaten humanity.

Sustainability science demands a realignment of existing academic disciplines. Whereas academia has moved inexorably toward fields of in-depth specialization, sustainability science seeks comprehensive, integrated solutions to complex problems. It therefore requires a restructuring of education and research that spans multiple disciplines.

This volume offers diverse approaches to the development of a transdisciplinary perspective that embraces the natural, social, and human sciences in the quest for a sustainable society. It strives for a global perspective while incorporating the wisdom and experience of societies on the local level.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789280811803
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
04/29/2011
Series:
United Nations University Press Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
375
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Figures ix

Tables xi

Plate xiii

Box xiv

Contributors xv

Preface xx

1 Introduction 1

1-1 Sustainability science: Building a new academic discipline Hiroshi Komiyama Kazuhiko Takeuchi 2

2 The connections between existing sciences and sustainability science 21

2-1 The structuring of knowledge Yuya Kajikawa 22

2-2 The structuring of action Yuya Kajikawa Hiroshi Kamiyama 35

2-3 The structuring of knowledge based on ontology engineering Riichiro Mizoguchi Kouji Kozak Osamu Saito Terukazu Kumazawa Takanori Matsui 47

2-4 The application of ontology engineering to biofuel problems Osamu Saito Kouji Kozaki Takeru Hirota Riichiro Mizoguchi 69

2-5 Conclusion Kazuhiko Takeuchi 87

3 Concepts of "sustainability" and "sustainability science" 91

3-1 The evolution of the concept of sustainability science Motoharu Onuki Takashi Mino 92

3-2 Exploring sustainability science: Knowledge, institutions and innovation Masaru Yarime 98

3-3 Multifaceted aspects of sustainability science Kensuke Fukushi Kazuhiko Takeuchi 112

3-4 Conclusion Kensuke Fukushi Kazuhiko Takeuchi 117

4 Tools and methods for sustainability science 119

4-0 Introduction Hideaki Shiroyama 120

4-1 Problem-structuring methods based on a cognitive mapping approach Hironori Kato 22

4-2 Technology governance Hideaki Shiroyama 145

4-3 Policy instruments Mitsutsugu Hamamoto 158

4-4 Consensus-building processes Masahiro Matsuura 171

4-5 Public deliberation for sustainability governance: GMO debates in Hokkaido Nobuo Kurata 190

4-6 Science and technology communication Hideyuki Hirakawa 204

4-7 Global governance Hirotaka Matsuda Makiko Matsuo Hideaki Shiroyama 220

4-8 Conclusion Hideaki Shiroyama 246

5 The redefinition of existing sciences in light of sustainability science 249

5-1 Global change and the role of the natural science Akimasa Sumi 250

5-2 Science and technology for society Hiroyuki Yoshikawa 256

5-3 Science for sustainable agriculture Mitsuru Osaki 272

5-4 Defining the sustainable use of fishery resources Gakushi Ishimura Megan Bailey 294

5-5 The market economy and the environment Takamitsu Sawa 305

5-6 Social science and knowledge for sustainability Jin Sato 327

5-7 The human dimension in sustainability science Makio Takemura 336

5-8 The integration of existing academic disciplines for sustainability science Kazuhiko Takeuchi 353

6 Education 357

6-1 Overview of sustainability education Mitsuhiro Nakagawa Michinori Uwasu Noriyuki Tanaka 358

6-2 Core competencies Makoto Tamura Takahide Uegaki 366

6-3 Pedagogies of sustainability education Hisashi Otsuji Harumoto Gunji 374

6-4 Key concepts for sustainability education Motoharu Onuki Takashi Mino 385

6-5 Economics, development and governance in sustainability education Akihisa Mori 390

6-6 Practices and barriers in sustainability education: A case study of Osaka University Michinori Uwasu Michinori Kimura Keishiro Hara Helmut Yabar Yoshiyuki Shimoda 399

6-7 Field study in sustainable education: A case from Furano City, Hokkaido, Japan Nobuyuki Tsuji Yasuhiko Kudo Noriyuki Tanaka 409

6-8 Sustainability education by IR3S universities Takashi Mino Yoshiyuki Shimoda 416

6-9 Conclusion Takashi Mino 432

7 Conclusion 435

7-1 Building a global meta-network for sustainability science Kazuhiko Takeuchi 436

Index 443

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