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Jappe-Heinze, Arlette
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Fraunhofer ISI discussion papers innovation systems and policy analysis 10
We propose a research agenda integrating environment-related science, technology, and innovation (STI) using a problem-solving approach to sustainable development. We argue that STI for sustainability encompasses four major task domains: (1) ecological modernization and transformation, (2) ecosystem management, (3) environmental risk assessment, and (4) adaptation to environmental change, each posing great social challenges. For each domain, nature–society interaction increasingly relies on knowledge acquisition. The proposed agenda focuses on the investigation of R&D capacity and linking knowledge and action within and among societal spheres (i.e., science, politics, business, law, mass media, and education). While today the disciplinary niches of environment-related STI research are still fragmented, with this broader framework, STI research could develop into a major social science field of human–environment relations.
human dimensions of global environmental change
environmental sociology
science for sustainability
STI research
innovation research
social studies of science
so-ciology of knowledge
nature–society interaction
ecological modernization
ecosystem management
environmental risk assessment
adaptation to environmental change
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