How can we change the world? Making sense of sustainability transformations across societies
When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the recent Climate Action Summit in New York urged countries to “show the way towards a full transformation of economies in line with sustainable development goals”, he reflected the growing international science and policy attention to the need for fundamental, systemic, non-linear societal changes to achieve sustainability in response to climate change and unsustainable trajectories. But how can we understand what drives such transformative changes, to what extent can transformations be governed, and how do actors’ understandings of the goals and pathways of transformations differ within and across societies?
At this breakfast seminar, Björn-Ola Linnér presents findings of how societal transformations are made sense of in the academic literature, policy documents, and media across the world as well as focus groups in five continents. The presentation will be based on his research on stories of societal transformations and his new book Sustainability Transformations: Agents and Drivers across Societies (with Victoria Wibeck), published at Cambridge University Press
Björn-Ola Linnér is Professor in Environmental Change (Tema M), Linköping University, and affiliated to the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research (CSPR) at Campus Norrköping.
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