Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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United Nations University, 2011 - Business & Economics - 474 pages
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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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Hiroshi Komiyama is chairman of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Japan. Kazuhiko Takeuchi is deputy executive director of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, University of Tokyo. Hideaki Shiroyama is a professor in the Graduate School for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo. Takashi Mino is a professor in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo.

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