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What role for global change research networks in enabling transformative science for global sustainability? A Global Land Programme perspective
- de Bremond, Ariane, Ehrensperger, Albrecht, Providoli, Isabelle, Messerli, Peter
- Current opinion in environmental sustainability 2019 v.38 pp. 95-102
- global change, infrastructure, private sector, society, sustainability science and engineering, sustainable development
- Global environmental change (GEC) and sustainability science (SS) communities’ science is increasingly challenged to inform transformations to sustainability. Recognizing this, the Global Land Programme (GLP), a network of the international land system science community, is developing, testing, and launching new network infrastructures, science–policy interfaces, and co-production approaches. This paper charts the efforts of the GLP – since its 2015 joining of Future Earth, a 10-year initiative to advance global sustainability science – to support the land system science community as it endeavors to produce transformative research oriented toward sustainable development. Moving from incremental to transformational modes of knowledge co-production across scientific research networks – such as those represented under the umbrella of the Future Earth — requires that these work across multiple knowledge domains, scales, contexts, and regions, and in collaboration with a diversity of actors from global-level decisionmakers to national, regional, and local level civil society organizations as well as the private sector. Beyond the generation of fundamental science, GLP’s rich co-design tradition of working with land managers and linking case-study and field-based research to global synthesis situate it as a key institution and platform accelerating transformative research oriented toward sustainable development.