Changing the intellectual climate

Newell, Peter, Castree, Noel, Adams, William, Barry, John, Brockington, Daniel, Büscher, Bram, Corbera, Esteve, Demeritt, David, Duffy, Rosaleen, Felt, Ulrike, Neves, Katja, Pellizzoni, Luigi, Rigby, Kate, Robbins, Paul, Robin, Libby, Rose, Deborah, Rose, Andrew, Schlosberg, David, Sörlin, Sverker, West, Paige, Whitehead, Mark and Wynne, Brian (2014) Changing the intellectual climate. Nature Climate Change, 4 (9). pp. 763-768. ISSN 1758-678X

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Abstract

Calls for more broad-based, integrated, useful knowledge now abound in the world of global environmental change science. They evidence many scientists' desire to help humanity confront the momentous biophysical implications of its own actions. But they also reveal a limited conception of social science and virtually ignore the humanities. They thereby endorse a stunted conception of 'human dimensions' at a time when the challenges posed by global environmental change are increasing in magnitude, scale and scope. Here, we make the case for a richer conception predicated on broader intellectual engagement and identify some preconditions for its practical fulfilment. Interdisciplinary dialogue, we suggest, should engender plural representations of Earth's present and future that are reflective of divergent human values and aspirations. In turn, this might insure publics and decision-makers against overly narrow conceptions of what is possible and desirable as they consider the profound questions raised by global environmental change.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Nadya Herrera Catalan
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2015 11:46
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2015 11:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/57221
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