Sustainable World: Approaches to Analyzing and Resolving Wicked Problems

Author(s): Sonya Remington-Doucette

Edition: 2

Copyright: 2017

Pages: 616


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Sustainable World: Approaches to Analyzing and Resolving Wicked Problems is the first introductory textbook to offer a comprehensive overview of the problem solving methods used by sustainability scientists to resolve real-world sustainability problems. The book’s content is based on an undergraduate sustainability course taught by the author in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University and was reviewed by world renowned sustainability scientist faculty from the School. The course is taken by a diverse group of students ranging from sustainability to business majors. Thus, the book is appropriate for a wide range of undergraduates, advanced high school students, and also as an introduction to the sustainability science problem solving approach for any interested reader. It is perfect for a stand-alone course focused on sustainability problem solving, whether inside the classroom through case studies or out in the real-world. The book is a reasonable length, such that it can be used as supplemental reading for any course in any discipline that is focused on using disciplinary knowledge to resolve real-world sustainability problems.

Sustainable World: Approaches to Analyzing and Resolving Wicked Problems' content draws from a wide range of disciplines that define the emerging 21st century field of sustainability science, including anthropology, business, ecology, economics, science and technology studies, sociology, urban planning, and major others. The book’s focus is on developing five key sustainability competencies (system thinking, normative, anticipatory, strategic, and interpersonal) that foster the knowledge, skills, and understandings needed by change-agents to resolve sustainability problems in the real-world. The book includes an introduction to sustainability and socio-ecological system complexity and also to each component of the sustainability science problem solving approach: current state analysis, future scenarios, visioning, and transition strategies. Core Questions and Key Concepts structure each chapter’s content. End-of-chapter case studies, discussion questions, and projects allow for exploration and application of concepts.

CHAPTER 1 Introduction to Sustainability

Core Questions and Key Concepts

Key Terms

Section 1.1 People and Nature, Today and throughout

Human History

Section 1.1.1 Recent Human Transformation of Natural Systems

Section 1.1.2 Human Interaction with Natural Systems in the Past

Section 1.2 Understanding Human Transformations Using

the I = PAT Model

Section 1.2.1 Present-Day Application of I = PAT

Section 1.2.2 Comparing Human Transformations Then and

Now Using I = PAT

Section 1.3 Natural Systems and Human Well-Being

Section 1.3.1 Connections between Natural Systems and

Human Well-Being

Section 1.3.2 Defining Human Well-Being

Section 1.3.3 Aspects of Human Well-Being Affected by Natural

System Transformations

Section 1.4 Origins of Sustainability

Section 1.4.1 Environment and Natural Capital

Section 1.4.2 Economy and Development

Section 1.4.3 Society and Equity

Section 1.4.4 Birth of Sustainability


End-of-Chapter Questions

CHAPTER 2 Wicked Problems and Their Resolution

Core Questions and Key Concepts

Key Terms

Section 2.1 Understanding Sustainability Problems

Section 2.1.1 Introduction to Wicked Problems

Section 2.1.2 Wicked Problems, Socioecological Systems,

and Complexity

Section 2.2 Resolving Sustainability Problems

Section 2.2.1 Overview of the Transformational Sustainability

Research Framework

Section 2.2.2 Making Tradeoffs for Sustainability

Section 2.2.3 Participatory and Transdisciplinary Approaches


End-of-Chapter Questions

CHAPTER 3 Current State Analysis

Core Questions and Key Concepts

Key Terms

Section 3.1 Defining the System and Classifying Drivers

Section 3.1.1 Defining the System

Section 3.1.2 Classifying Driver Scale

Section 3.1.3 Classifying Driver Influence

Section 3.2 Causal Chain Analysis

Section 3.2.1 Assessing Causality

Section 3.2.2 Extent of Influence, Current Trends, and

the Importance of Context

Section 3.2.3 Drivers and Causal Chains: A Western Indian Ocean

Case Study

Section 3.3 Stakeholder Analysis

Section 3.3.1 Identifying Stakeholders

Section 3.3.2 Analyzing Stakeholder Behavior, Interest,

and Influence

Section 3.3.3 Investigating Stakeholder Relationships


End-of-Chapter Questions

CHAPTER 4 Indicators of Sustainability

Core Questions and Key Concepts

Key Terms

Section 4.1 Introduction to Sustainability Indicators

Section 4.1.1 Sustainability Indicators versus Traditional Indicators

Section 4.1.2 Characteristics of Effective Sustainability Indicators

Section 4.2 Sustainability Indicators, a Case Study from

the Primorska Region of Slovenia

Section 4.2.1 The Participatory Process of Indicator Development


End-of-Chapter Questions

CHAPTER 5 Resilience and Patterns of Change

Core Questions and Key Concepts

Key Terms

Section 5.1 Regime Shifts, Thresholds, and Resilience

Section 5.1.1 Regimes

Section 5.1.2 Thresholds and Regime Shifts

Section 5.1.3 Resilience

Section 5.2 Feedbacks and Resilience

Section 5.2.1 Shifting Dominance of Stabilizing and

Reinforcing Feedbacks

Section 5.2.2 System Fluctuations and Feedbacks

Section 5.3 Adaptive Cycles and Resilience

Section 5.3.1 Introduction to Adaptive Cycles

Section 5.3.2 Adaptive Cycle Application


End-of-Chapter Questions

CHAPTER 6 Complex Adaptive Systems

Core Questions and Key Concepts

Key Terms

Section 6.1 Emergent Feature and Behaviors

Section 6.1.1 Sophisticated Properties from Simple Individual


Section 6.1.2 Emergent Properties versus Collective Properties

Section 6.2 Interactions between the System and External


Section 6.2.1 Disturbance and Patterns of Fluctuation

Section 6.2.2 Disturbance, Internal Dynamics, and Stability


Section 6.3 Adaptation

Section 6.3.1 Biological Evolution by Natural Selection

Section 6.3.2 Cultural Evolution by Learning


End-of-Chapter Questions

CHAPTER 7 Thinking about the Future

Core Questions and Key Concepts

Key Terms

Section 7.1 Scenarios and Future Thinking

Section 7.1.1 Challenges to Future Predictions about SESs

Section 7.1.2 Introduction to Future Scenarios

Section 7.1.3 Scenario Typology for Future Thinking

Section 7.2 Visioning and Future Thinking

Section 7.2.1 Visions for Sustainability

Section 7.2.2 The Visioning Process

Section 7.2.3 Quality Criteria for Visioning


End-of-Chapter Questions

CHAPTER 8 Sustainability Transitions

Core Questions and Key Concepts

Key Terms

Section 8.1 Understanding Transitions

Section 8.1.1 Niches, Regimes, and Landscapes

Section 8.1.2 Transition Pathways

Section 8.1.3 Tying It All Together

Section 8.2 Guiding Sustainability Transitions

Section 8.2.1 Multi-Phase Concept

Section 8.2.2 Building a Transition Strategy

Section 8.2.3 Intervention Points


End-of-Chapter Questions

CHAPTER 9 Governing the Commons

Core Questions and Key Concepts

Key Terms

Section 9.1 Introduction to Tragedy of the Commons

Section 9.1.1 Excludability and Rivalry

Section 9.1.2 The Market, the State, or Communities?

Section 9.2 Characteristics of Successful Common

Property Regimes

Section 9.3 Evaluating the Tragedy of the Commons

Using Essential Ingredients


End-of-Chapter Questions



Sonya Remington-Doucette

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