â€˜Sustainabilityâ€™ in its early days seemed to be simple balance between economy, society and environment. Now it has grown into a jungle of â€˜grand challengesâ€™, â€˜wicked problemsâ€™, â€˜societal dilemmasâ€™ and similar problematic issues. Examples include climate change, GMOs, the â€˜war on drugsâ€™, and urban poverty.
As for sustainability science: itâ€™s now widely agreed that the disciplinary structure of academic science, with its house journals, curricula, peer communities etc, is not well qualified for such trans-disciplinary, messy, controversial issues. But the ways forward are not yet clear or accepted by the mainstream community: a research proposal or output which is high-risk, messy and controversial is less likely to get funding or publication.
In response, the concept of a next generation operating system, which is here framed as â€˜Science 3.0â€™, has emerged through work on complex systems analysis and sustainability design thinking.
Speaker: Joe Ravetz, Co-Director of the Centre for Urban & Regional Ecology at the University of Manchester. Introduced by Alberto MatarÃ¡n Ruiz, Prof. Dr., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Granada.