How can scientists contribute to a climate-resilient cup of coffee? 27 September 2022
Agricultural production is one of the most vulnerable sectors to climate change around the world, and poorer countries face significantly more difficulties than the developed world. Coffee is an agricultural commodity that most people enjoy but are oblivious to the climate-related challenges affecting coffee farmers. Among the many challenges affecting coffee production is the price volatility, prevalence of fungal diseases, and migration of younger generations from rural to urban regions. In such a complex setup, how can their quality of life and ecosystems and our favorite cup of coffee be guaranteed in the future? And, how can we as scientists contribute to ensuring the sustainability and resilience of coffee producers?
How students incorporate sustainability in their master thesis 15 July 2022
Many students are finishing their master thesis on sustainability this summer. In this blog, we reflect on their topics, approaches, and goals by highlighting theses from Governance of Sustainability, European Law, Global Archaeology, Computer Science: Artificial Intelligence, Industrial Ecology, and Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.
The recent IPCC report: some reactions from our Liveable planet community 13 May 2022
The publication of the recent IPCC report on climate change has not gone unnoticed, to put it mildly, certainly not within the Liveable Planet community.
Saving the world together: The value of transdisciplinarity in tackling sustainability challenges 06 April 2022
79 students, 15 organisations, and 16 projects: within the master’s programme Governance of Sustainability, diverse groups of students worked together with organisations to tackle sustainability challenges. In this blog, Annemiek de Looze reflects on how the power of their transdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving was the key to a successful, interesting, fun semester.
Leiden University for a liveable planet 18 March 2022
Scientists from all different disciplines at Leiden University work on sustainability challenges. Together we strive for a liveable planet by connecting these scientists. Are you a researcher and do you want to contribute to tackling sustainability issues? Join our program and work together on solutions for the future of our planet.
Why we need to co-create knowledge for sustainability – and why this is easier said than done 24 January 2022
Recent debates on energy transitions and poverty illustrate the social ecological complexities of sustainability problems. These cannot be tackled by single academic disciplines – nor by academics alone. In this blog, Marja Spierenburg reflects on the need for, and challenges of ‘transdisciplinarity’.
A long-term perspective on human niche construction and alteration of ecosystems 16 December 2021
Dr. Katharine MacDonald (Faculty of Archaeology) sketches the background to a recent paper in Science Advances, co-authored by her and other members of the Liveable Planet team.
Freedom is important, commitment too 18 November 2021
Professor Jan Willem Erisman is happy with the freedom at our University. But frameworks are needed, he believes. That is why he makes a proposal for such a framework from the perspective of his own profession. In fact, he makes a proposal for a wonderful ambition for Leiden University.