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Session 13– 12.06.2010 Core questions of sustainability science (Speaker: Bill Clark)

This session will focus on identifying and discussing candidate "core questions" of sustainability science. Our goal with "core questions" is to highlight topics ripe for research that would promote fundamental, generalizable understanding of social-environmental systems with special attention to the subset of that understanding relevant to sustainability. We distinguish such "core questions" from the "grand challenges" (such as those identified by the Gates Foundation for global health) for which we seek to mobilize knowledge in ways that directly improve technologies or policies and ultimately outcomes that directly advance sustainability in particular contexts the world.

Required reading from the Sustainability Science book (Speaker: Bill Clark)
Supplemental readings from the Reader
1) Collier, P. 2007. Poverty reduction in Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104(43):16763-16768. 2) Socolow, R., R. Hotinski, J. B. Greenblatt, and S. Pacala. 2004. Solving the climate problem. Environment 46(10):8-19. 3) Bannon, I., and P. Collier. 2003. Natural resources and conflict: What we can do. In Natural Resources and Violent Conflict: Options and Actions, eds. I. Bannon and P. Collier. Washington, D.C.: World Bank, pp. 1-16.
Supplemental readings from moderator/discussant William Clark, Harvard Univ
Dec 5: I have posted here a digest of the questions submitted by seminar participants. Please try to read before class. Thanks. BC
Video recording: Core questions of sustainability science