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Knowledge production, environmental expertise and learning

Research theme III

In all aspects of sustainability, (scientific) knowledge, expertise, and learning are at the core – in terms of both identifying problems and potential solutions. This is especially true in relation to environmental problems and climate change which are principally defined and understood scientifically. With the growing amount of socially and technologically generated environmental risks, e.g. climate change, individuals and organizations at all levels of society need to relate to and make use of complex information and knowledge in their daily decision-making. Thus, now more than ever, it is of great importance to understand the processes that precede the knowledge and expertise that we so heavily depend on for the creation of social change and sustainability transformations. Where does it come from, how is it produced, who is producing it, and how is it used and with what results? At the same time, there is an increasing contestation of science, where some even claim that we are heading towards a post-truth society in which the epistemic authority of science to define problems and provide solutions is increasingly challenged. The multidisciplinarity of CESSS provides a unique opportunity to improve our understanding of if and how knowledge, expertise, and learning contributes to social change and sustainability transformations.

Karin Gustafsson leads CESSS’s work on this theme.

Examples of publications in this theme:
Berg Monika & Lidskog Rolf. 2018. Pathways to deliberative capacity: The role of the IPCC. Climatic Change 148 (1-2): 11–24.  More about the publication

Gustafsson KM. 2019. Learning from the Experiences of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Balancing Science and Policy to Enable Trustworthy Knowledge. Sustainability. 11(23), 1-14. More about the publication

Gustafsson KM., Berg M., Lidskog R. & Löfmarck E. 2019. Intersectional Boundary Work in Socializing New Experts. The Case of IPBES. Ecosystems and people. 15(1), 181-191. More about the publication

Löfmarck Erik & Lidskog Rolf (2017) Bumping against the boundary: IPBES and the knowledge divide, Environmental Science and Policy 69: 22-28. More about the publication

For more information on additional publications, visit each researcher’s individual web page, to which you find links in the tab ‘Researchers’ on CESSS’s start page.