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Lecture

Fostering sustainability transformations through place-based social-ecological research

Date
Monday 30 March 2020
Time
Location
Van Steenis
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Berta Martín-López

Sustainability science seeks to advance the understanding of social-ecological (or human-environment) to facilitate the design and implementation of interventions that foster sustainability transformations. One of the main challenges of social-ecological systems research is to unravel which interventions in the system can bring substantial transformative change towards sustainability. Previous research has specifically identified those interventions that have exceptional potential to yield truly transformative change towards sustainability: (1) influence of value systems on human-nature relations, (2) co-production of knowledge, including indigenous and local knowledge systems, and (3) re-structuring institutional systems. Based on empirical evidence, I will shed light on how transdisciplinary socio-ecological research can contribute to unravel which interventions in the value systems, knowledge and institutions are able to foster sustainability in different social-ecological contexts.

About the speaker

Berta Martín-López is Junior Professor in Sustainability Science in the Institute of Ethics and Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research (IETSR) at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg (Germany). With a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and many years of undertaking applied inter- and transdisciplinary research, Berta focuses her research on understanding the dynamics of social-ecological systems. Her research has been applied at different spatial scales, from local to global, and in different systems (i.e., wetlands, watersheds, agro-ecosystems, forests, semi-arid, and mountain systems) of a wide range of countries (Spain, United Kingdom, France, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Argentina, India and South Africa). Based on this background, interdisciplinary sustainability science and place-based social-ecological research are her core research strengths. At the science-policy interface, she is actively engaged in the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and in addition, she is the Co-Chair of the Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), a Future Earth project. Finally and together with Alexander van Oudenhoven, they are Editors in Chief of 'Ecosystems and People'.

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