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Social Science and Sustainability
Sustainability policies shape the ways that society and the economy interact with the environment, natural resources, and ecosystems, and they address issues such as water, energy, food security, and climate change. These policies are complex and, at times, obscured by contestation, uncertainty, and sometimes ignorance. Ultimately, sustainability problems are social problems, and they need to be addressed through social and policy change.
Social Science and Sustainability draws on the wide-ranging experience of CSIRO’s social scientists in the sustainability policy domain. These researchers have extensive experience in addressing complex issues of society–nature relationships, usually in interdisciplinary collaboration with natural scientists. This book describes some of the evidence-based concepts, frameworks, and methodologies they have developed, which may guide a transition to sustainability. Contributions range from exploring ways to enhance livelihoods and alleviate poverty to examining Australians’ responses to climate change, to discussing sociological perspectives on sustainability, and how to make policy relevant.
Researchers, policy-makers and decision-makers around the globe will find this book a valuable and thought-provoking contribution to the sustainability literature. It is also suited to academics and students in postgraduate-level courses in social sciences and sustainability, or in courses in applied sociology, applied social psychology and other applied social sciences.
1 Introduction – Heinz Schandl and Iain Walker
2 Why do we need a sociology of society’s natural relations to inform sustainable development? – Heinz Schandl
3 Integration science for impact: fostering transformations towards sustainability – Ro Hill, Cathy Robinson, Petina Pert, Marcus Barber, Ilisapeci Lyons, Kirsten Maclean, Leah Talbot and Catherine Moran
4 Integrating development studies and social-ecological systems thinking: towards livelihood adaptation pathways – James R.A. Butler, Liana J. Williams, Toni Darbas, Tanya Jakimow, Kirsten Maclean and Clemens Grünbühel
5 Remote, marginal and sustainable? The key role of brokers and bridging institutions for stronger Indigenous livelihoods in Australia’s deserts – Jocelyn Davies, Yiheyis T. Maru, Fiona Walsh and Josie Douglas
6 Sustainability science, place and regional differences: vulnerability and adaptive capacity in Sydney – Tom Measham, Bruce Taylor and David Fleming
7 A hierarchy of needs for achieving impact in international Research for Development – James R.A. Butler, Toni Darbas, Jane Addison, Erin L. Bohensky, Lucy Carter, Michaela Cosijn, Yiheyis T. Maru, Samantha Stone-Jovicich, Liana J. Williams and Luis C. Rodriguez
8 The co-construction of environmental (instream) flows and associated cultural ecosystem benefits – Rosalind H. Bark, Cathy J. Robinson, Sue E. Jackson and Karl W. Flessa
9 Dipping in the well: how behaviours and attitudes influence urban water security – Anneliese Spinks, Kelly Fielding, Aditi Mankad, Rosemary Leonard, Zoe Leviston and John Gardner
10 Making sense of Australians’ responses to climate change: insights from a series of five national surveys – Iain Walker, Zoe Leviston, Rod McCrea, Jennifer Price and Murni Greenhill
11 Innovation, sustainability and the promise of inclusion – Lucy Carter
12 Risk, sustainability and time: sociological perspectives – Stewart Lockie and Catherine Mei Ling Wong
13 Policy-relevant research: improving the value and impact of the social sciences – Brian W. Head