A pluralistic and integrated approach to action-oriented knowledge for sustainability
Reviewartikel, 2021

Sustainability science needs to better mobilize a range of knowledge to support transformative change. This Perspective contends that such transformative, action-oriented knowledge emerges from integrating multiple kinds of knowledge and ways of knowing. Sustainability science needs more systematic approaches for mobilizing knowledge in support of interventions that may bring about transformative change. In this Perspective, we contend that action-oriented knowledge for sustainability emerges when working in integrated ways with the many kinds of knowledge involved in the shared design, enactment and realization of change. The pluralistic and integrated approach we present rejects technocratic solutions to complex sustainability challenges and foregrounds individual and social learning. We argue that research institutions devoted to sustainability should focus more on creating the conditions for experimenting with multiple kinds of knowledge and ways of knowing to foster sustainability-oriented learning.


Guido Caniglia

Leuphana Universitat Lüneburg

Konrad-Lorenz-Institut für Evolutions- und Kognitionsforschung

C. Luederitz

McGill University

University of Waterloo

T. von Wirth

Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam

I Fazey

University of York

B. Martin-Lopez

Leuphana Universitat Lüneburg

K. Hondrila

Université du Luxembourg

A. Koenig

Université du Luxembourg

H. von Wehrden

Leuphana Universitat Lüneburg

Niko Alexander Schäpke

Chalmers, Rymd-, geo- och miljövetenskap, Fysisk resursteori

M. D. Laubichler

Arizona State University

Santa Fe Institute


D. J. Lang

Leuphana Universitat Lüneburg

Nature Sustainability

23989629 (eISSN)

Vol. 4 2 93-100


Tvärvetenskapliga studier


Systemvetenskap, informationssystem och informatik med samhällsvetenskaplig inriktning



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