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Sustainability Transformations
Agents and Drivers across Societies

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  • Publication planned for: November 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108720373

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  • Societal transformations are needed across the globe in light of pressing environmental issues. This need to transform is increasingly acknowledged in policy, planning, academic debate, and media, whether it is to achieve decarbonization, resilience, national development plans, or sustainability objectives. This volume provides the first comprehensive comparison of how sustainability transformations are understood across societies. It contains historical analogies and concrete examples from around the world to show how societal transformations could achieve the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through governance, innovations, lifestyle changes, education and new narratives. It examines how societal actors in different geographical, political and cultural contexts understand the agents and drivers of societal change towards sustainability, using data from the academic literature, international news media, lay people's focus groups across five continents, and international politics. This is a valuable resource for academics and policymakers working in environmental governance and sustainability.

    • Provides analytical frameworks for distinguishing between different types of transformations in terms of scope, scale and tempo
    • Includes concrete examples from low-, middle- and high-income countries of how societal transformations could achieve the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals
    • Supplies a unique cross-country comparison of international organizations' and countries' contributions to the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: November 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108720373
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 mm
    • contains: 7 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Making Sense of Transformations:
    1. How do we change the world?
    2. Sense-making analysis
    3. How societies change: theories of transformation
    Part II. Varieties of Transformations to Sustainability:
    4. Global arenas of transformations
    5. Localizing transformations
    6. Transformation narratives
    Part III. Manoeuvring in a Multi-Transformational World:
    7. Governing transformations
    8. Our transforming world

  • Authors

    Björn-Ola Linnér, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
    Björn-Ola Linnér is Professor of Environmental Change at Linköpings Universitet, Sweden. He leads internationally recognized research on transnational climate governance and geopolitics of sustainability transformations. He has long experience as advisor in international climate governance and sustainable development research policy. He is author of The Return of Malthus (2003) and co-author of The Political Economy of Climate Change Adaptation (2015).

    Victoria Wibeck, Linköpings Universitet, Sweden
    Victoria Wibeck is Professor of Environmental Change at Linköpings Universitet, Sweden. Her research focuses on communication studies. She is a recognized authority on sense-making of complex sustainability challenges, social representations of climate change, and communicative aspects of environmental management by objectives. Wibeck has internationally unique expertise in methodology for cross-country focus group research.

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