We are now facing cascading crises, which can be addressed with the concept of “traps”. The debate on traps in social-ecological-technological systems will advance sustainability science by clarifying what prevents our societies from escaping unsustainability traps.
This publication explores interdisciplinary perspectives from the social sciences and bridges two fields of scholarship: the resilience approach and sustainability transitions approach. Through interactions between global, social, and human systems, it presents a unique transdisciplinary effort to understand key phenomena in and trade-offs between global and local problem solving in social-ecological systems.
Articles in the special issue:
- Keith Tidball, Niki Frantzeskaki & Thomas Elmqvist, (2016), Traps! An introduction to expanding thinking on persistent maladaptive states in pursuit of resilience, Sustainability Science, 11(6), 861-866, DOI 10.1007/s11625-016-0398-9
- Keith G. Tidball, (2016), Traps in and of our minds: relationships between human logic, dialectical traps and social-ecological traps, Sustainability Science, 11(6), 867–876, DOI 10.1007/s11625-016-0396-y
- Wiebren Johannes Boonstra, Emma Björkvik, L. Jamila Haider & Vanessa Masterson, (2016), Human responses to social-ecological traps, Sustainability Science, 11(6), 877–889, DOI 10.1007/s11625-016-0397-x
- Richard C. Stedman, (2016), Subjectivity and social-ecological systems: a rigidity trap (and sense of place as a way out), Sustainability Science, 11(6), 891–901, DOI 10.1007/s11625-016-0388-y
- Jakub Kronenberg & Klaus Hubacek, (2016), From poverty trap to ecosystem service curse, Sustainability Science, 11(6), 903–907, DOI 10.1007/s11625-016-0370-8
- Sreeja Nair & Michael Howlett, (2016), From robustness to resilience: avoiding policy traps in the long term, Sustainability Science, 11(6), 909–917, DOI 10.1007/s11625-016-0387-z
- Johan Enqvist, Maria Tengö & Wiebren J. Boonstra, (2016), Against the current: rewiring rigidity trap dynamics in urban water governance through civic engagement, Sustainability Science, 11(6), 919–933, DOI 10.1007/s11625-016-0377-1
- Shiliang Liu, Yuhong Dong, Fangyan Cheng, Ana Coxixo, Xiaoyun Hou, (2016), Practices and opportunities of ecosystem service studies for ecological restoration in China, Sustainability Science, 11(6), 935-944, doi:10.1007/s11625-016-0390-4
- Terama, E., Milligan, B., Jiménez-Aybar, R. et al. (2016), Accounting for the environment as an economic asset: global progress and realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Sustainability Science, 11 (6): 945, doi:10.1007/s11625-015-0350-4
Link to Special Issue on Springer
November 1, 2016