CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR
A SPECIAL ISSUE SESSION
Although humanity depends on nature for life support, human activities are changing ecosystems around the world in profound and unpredictable ways. This human influence on ecosystem survival is expanding fast into the Anthropocene, and has resulted in a highly interconnected world with cross-scale interactions that link human communities and ecosystems in new forms and dimensions. Most social–ecological research studies to date that address these complex interactions focus at the local to regional scale (typically spanning hundreds to thousands of square kilometers). However, current and upcoming global sustainability challenges require better understanding of these interactions between and across even larger spatial scales, as well as better understanding of the narratives of sustainability transformation that emerge in different places, in different contexts and driven by inter- and trans-scalar processes.
We are currently seeking abstract proposals for producing short papers (2000 words) that can contribute to the special issue ‘The role of transdisciplinary place-based research to address global sustainability challenges’ of the journal Global Sustainability. The special issue should aim to highlight the contributions of place-based social-ecological research for achieving global sustainability goals. The guest editors of the special issue will be Berta Martín-López (Leuphana University, Germany), Patricia Balvanera (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico), Albert Nörstrom (Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden), Tuyeni Mwampamba (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico), and Robert Manson (Institute of Ecology, Mexico).
Specifically, we are asking for abstract proposals that can focus on the objectives of this special issue, including:
(1) Providing insights about conceptual and methodological developments that help to bridge the gap between local and global scales in sustainability science,
(2) Developing methods that rely on collaborative design and co-production of knowledge between different social actors working across governance levels and sectorial boundaries for sustainable transformation,
(3) Applying place-based transdisciplinary research that relies on multi-stakeholder dialogues representing different knowledge systems (i.e., local and indigenous knowledge and scientific and technological knowledge) and promoting multi-stakeholder engagement for sustainability transformation,
(4) Promoting the development of future sustainability scenarios at regional and global scales that include the experiences of place-based participatory scenario planning, and
(5) Fostering place-based social-ecological research that is coordinated with national and global governance levels through bottom-up approaches.
Proposals are expected to result in the development of a paper for publication through a collaborative process.
1- Step one will be the generation of an abstract proposal by a team of people ideally from different disciplines and different institutions/countries and submit by April 29, 2017.
2- Step two will be the post-conference development and submission of the manuscript by March 2018. Feedback from guest editors will be important during this phase. Additional authors that were not able to attend the PECSII conference can be part of the collaborative teams.
Proposals should include the following:
Name and contact information of the paper
Objective(s) of the paper
Justification of the topic to be addressed
Relevance of the paper to the one or more of the aforementioned objectives of the special issue
Mechanisms through which potential collaborators will be involved in the preparation of the paper
Mechanisms and timeline for the completion of the manuscript.
Proposal selection will aim at gender and geographical balance, and advance in understanding of sustainability.
Authors will be notified of the decision on their proposals by May 30, 2017.