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See detailTaking the Complex Dynamics of Human–Environment–Technology Systems Seriously: A Case Study in Doctoral Education at the University of Luxembourg
König, Ariane UL; Ravetz, Jerome; Raber, Bo Manuel UL et al

in Frontiers in Sustainability (2021), 2

Our existential sustainability challenges involve human–environment–technology systems that are complex, dynamic and tightly coupled. But at universities, knowledge, in teaching and research, is mostly ... [more ▼]

Our existential sustainability challenges involve human–environment–technology systems that are complex, dynamic and tightly coupled. But at universities, knowledge, in teaching and research, is mostly organized into discrete parcels, the disciplines. These are further divided into the categories of natural sciences, social science and the humanities. This paper addresses the question of how in their training of researchers, universities can equip them to better understand their roles and also to act as change agents. It describes a doctoral school course in transferable skills that is offered across faculties. The unique aim of the course is to provide a space for reflection on different research paradigms and the way they differ in their framing the role of a scientific researcher in pluralist societies that face existential challenges. The course introduces diverse more recent approaches to scientific inquiry that harness the potential of democratizing science in our networked knowledge society, including critical interdisciplinarity, post-normal science, citizen science and transformative sustainability science, that complement normal disciplinary research practices. [less ▲]

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See detailSustainability indicators
Ravetz, Jerome; Hild, Paula UL; Thunus, Olivier et al

in König, Ariane; Ravetz, Jerome (Eds.) Sustainability Science (2018)

In our science-based society, we are surrounded by indicators. At every turn they tell us where we are, how we compare, where we should or should not be and whether we are moving towards or away from the ... [more ▼]

In our science-based society, we are surrounded by indicators. At every turn they tell us where we are, how we compare, where we should or should not be and whether we are moving towards or away from the desired or undesired state. Wealth and health of individuals, communities and natural systems are conveyed by indicators. Their representations include numbers, graphs, dials, letters, symbols and colours. And they vary in reliability, from the gauge that says your car’s engine temperature is ‘normal’, to the prediction that next month’s weather temperatures will be ‘normal’. They are one of the main channels whereby the citizen interacts with science. How can the citizen make good decisions in the midst of this jungle of indicators? The citizen might well ask, “What do I really know, when I’m told that I have an Ecological Footprint of 4.1 global hectares? And then what should I do about it?” [less ▲]

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