Twitter Chat: Sustainability Science from a Social Science Perspective

Twitter Chat: Sustainability Science from a Social Science Perspective

Join us this again this Friday, 1/31/2014 at 1:25PM-2:15PM for another twitter chat (#chatreclaim) on the History of Sustainability Science and Contemporary Discourse.

We hope to:

1. Explain how sustainability is a social / cultural construction with different definitions and representations across space and time, and

2. Relate sustainability to systems thinking and context-sensitive modeling for local conditions and settings, conceived in terms of resilience, adaptation (to future challenges), and mitigation (of current problems)

Watch this video before the talk: http://youtu.be/6Q0LYW0rQcg. Also, the following are three readings to supplement the talk:

Ingold, Tim. (2008) Globes and Spheres: The Topology of Environmentalism. In Environmental Anthropology: A Historical Reader. Michael R. Dove and Carol Carpenter, eds. Pp. 462-469. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Orr, David W. (1994) Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect. Washington DC: Island Press.

Ostrom, Elinor (2009) A general framework for analyzing sustainability of social-ecological systems. Science 325: 419-22.

Here are the questions that will be discussed:

Q1: Which of these models do you think is most useful for conceptualizing sustainability, and why? (pictures of sustainable development models will be provided: overlapping domains of economy, society, and environment and the nested model)

Q2: Who’s interests are generally represented in conversations and policies about sustainability? Why should we care?

Q3: What implications does a globalized worldview have on our approaches to sustainability?

Q4: How can ‘Systems Thinking’ Help Us Model Human-environmental Issues in Local Settings?

Q5: What does it mean to be “context-sensitive” in doing interdisciplinary work and research to achieve sustainable solutions?

Q6: How should we measure the success of sustainable development projects?

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