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Sustainability Science

A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Sustainability science is an academic discipline that emerged in response to threats to the sustainability of the global environment. Its purpose is to help build a sustainable society by developing solutions to climate change, the exhaustion of resources, ecological destruction and other environmental crises that threaten the future of humanity. Sustainability science seeks comprehensive, integrated solutions to complex problems and a restructuring of education and research that spans multiple disciplines. It demands the development of policies that protect the natural and cultural diversity of different regions and promotes the physical and economic health of their inhabitants. This volume offers approaches to the development of a transdisciplinary perspective that embraces natural, social and human sciences in the quest for a sustainable society. It also strives for a global perspective while incorporating the wisdom and experience of local societies.

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Sustainability education by IR3S universities

The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) defines sustainability science as “an academic discipline that seeks to understand the interactions between global, social and human systems, and proposes comprehensive solutions and ideas for sustainability” (Komiyama and Takeuchi, 2006: 3). Based on this definition, IR3S has been engaged in research, education and industry collaboration in its mission to build this new academic discipline. In the field of education, IR3S has also made efforts to develop a curriculum for graduate-level courses in sustainability science and to implement an education programme using that curriculum.

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