Five Shades of Sustainability

One of the most difficult issues of sustainability science has been to give some order to all the methods and approaches used to tackle sustainability studies as they seem to be driven by bottom-up approaches, meaning that it is the question at hand that calls for the disciplines involved, and not the opposite.

In this entry, we present five different approaches from papers contributed by members of the research team TESS in the last two years, addressing a sustainability question. In the first one, Fernandez-et al. 2018 uses a « space for time approach » to examine socio-ecological adaptation along ecological gradients in the Mediterranean basin. Sansilvestri et al. 2019 uses the theory of natural and social capital to assess the capacity of forest social-ecological systems to face the challenges of climate change and varying market pressures. Castañeda-Ccori et al. 2020, used the diagnostic approach of Ostrom to assess the sustainability of four Amazon communities in Ecuador where cacao production has been introduced. Sediri et al. 2020, used a comparative conceptual analysis on the popular idea of transformability of social-ecological systems, explaining how the medicine can be worse than the illness, so to speak. Locatelli et al. 2020 address the issue of how multi-disciplinary groups of researchers interact, possibly through the presence of brokers or facilitators that can help create true inter-disciplinarity within large research groups.

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