World Social Science Report 2013

Changing Global Environments

Produced by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and UNESCO, and published by the OECD, the 2013 World Social Science Report represents a comprehensive overview of the field gathering the thoughts and expertise of hundreds of social scientists from around the world. This edition focuses on the transformative role of the social sciences in confronting climate and broader processes of environmental change, and in addressing priority problems from energy and water, biodiversity and land use, to urbanisation, migration and education. The report includes 100 articles written by 150 authors from 41 countries all over the world. Authors represent some 24 disciplines, mainly in the social sciences. The contributions highlight the central importance of social science knowledge for environmental change research, as a means of understanding changing environments in terms of social processes and as framework for finding concrete solutions towards sustainability.

Published on November 15, 2013

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Preface – A lighter carbon footprint, a greener world
Acronyms and abbreviations
Changing global environments2 chapters available
Social sciences in a changing global environment: General introduction
Global environmental change changes everything: Key messages and recommendations
The complexity and urgency of global environmental change and social transformation10 chapters available
Social and environmental change in a complex, uncertain world
What's the problem? Putting global environmental change into perspective
The challenge of sustainable development and the social sciences
Between social and planetary boundaries: Navigating pathways in the safe and just space for humanity
Inclusive wealth and the transition to sustainability
Gender and environmental change
Social science understandings of transformation
Changing the conditions of change by learning to use the future differently
A new vision of open knowledge systems for sustainability: Opportunities for social scientists
Open knowledge and learning for sustainability
Social science capacity in global environmental change research15 chapters available
Regional divides in global environmental change research capacity
The social sciences and global environmental change in the United States
Social sciences at the crossroads: Global environmental change in Latin America and the Caribbean
Brazilian studies on environmental activism
Social sciences and global environmental change research in Latin America
Quo vadis? The state of social sciences and climate and global environmental change in Europe
The state of social sciences and global environmental change in Russia
Global environmental change and the social sciences in the Arab world
Social science perspectives on global environmental change in sub-Saharan Africa
African perspectives needed on global environmental change research
Global environmental change and the social sciences in eastern and southern Africa
Social science research and global environmental change in India and South Asia
Social science research on climate change in China
Social sciences in Japan after Fukushima
Social science research on global environmental change in the Asia-Pacific region
The consequences of global environmental change for society13 chapters available
The consequences of global environmental change
Are Algerian agro-pastoralists adapting to climate change?
Relocation as a policy response to climate change vulnerability in northern China
Climate change, flooding and economic well-being in Nigerian cities
Resilience and adaptation in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Population and land-change dynamics in the Brazilian Amazon
The risks of global warming to coral reef ecosystems
Vulnerable and resilient children after disasters and gene–environment interplay
Migration as an adaptation strategy to environmental change
The paradoxes of climate change and migration
The role of the social sciences in adapting to climate change in northern Europe
Women and climate change adaptation in Zimbabwe
Ex-rubber tappers' and small farmers' views of weather changes in the Amazon
Conditions and visions for change and sense-making in a rapidly changing world18 chapters available
Possibilities and prospects of social change in response to the environmental crisis
Promises and pitfalls of the green economy
Making sense of techno-optimism? The social science of nanotechnology and sustainability
Bringing new meanings to molecules by integrating green chemistry and the social sciences
Individual and collective behaviour change
Going green? Using evolutionary psychology to foster sustainable lifestyles
Environmental issues and household sustainability in Australia
Models of human behaviour in social-ecological systems
Social aspects of solid waste in the global South
Incentives for low-carbon communities in Shanghai, China
Climate change education and Education for Sustainable Development
Education, science and climate change in French schools
Are increasing greenhouse gas emissions inevitable?
The human dimensions of global environmental change
Environmental attitudes and demographics
Sustainable consumption and lifestyles? Children and youth in cities
Bringing poor people's voices into policy discussions
Climate is culture
The responsibilities and ethical challenges of tackling global environmental change11 chapters available
Towards greater fairness in sharing the risks and burdens of global environmental change
Winning environmental justice for the Lower Mekong Basin
Climate change mitigation, a problem of injustice
Ethics and energy consumption
The ethics of geoengineering
Ethics as a core driver of sustainability in the Caribbean
The role of religion, education and policy in Iran in valuing the environment
Sacred sustainability? Benedictine monasteries in Austria and Germany
Public engagement in discussing carbon capture and storage
Biodiversity loss and corporate commitment to the UN Global Compact
Towards responsible social sciences
New approaches to governance and decision-making19 chapters available
Dealing with “wicked” environmental problems
Is the IPCC a learning organisation?
Failing to translate science into policy? From Stockholm 1972 to Rio+20
The role of LA RED in disaster risk management in Latin America
A functional risk society? Progressing from management to governance while learning from disasters
Transition to sustainable societies – was Rio+20 a missed opportunity?
Social learning and climate change adaptation in Thailand
Indigenous groups and climate change in Colombia
Fighting to include local voices in environmental policy-making in Brazil
The need for indigenous knowledge in adaptation to climate change in Nigeria
Quebec's Plan Nord and integrating indigenous knowledge into social science research
Participatory water governance in Mercosur countries
Glass half full or half empty? Transboundary water co-operation in the Jordan River Basin
Global governance and sustainable development
The politics of climate change and grassroots demands
Green informal services in India? Rickshaws, rag picking and street vending
Debating transformation in multiple crises
Payments for ecosystem services in biodiversity conservation
Monitoring the effectiveness of adaptation investments
Contributions from International Social Science Council members, programmes and partners20 chapters available
Contributions from International Social Science Council members, programmes and partners
Anthropology and environmental change from a holistic and cultural perspective
Psychological approaches and contributions to global environmental change
The economics of climate and environmental change
The humanities and changing global environments
Sociology and global environmental change
Geography and global environmental change
Political science, global environmental change and sustainable development
Earth System Governance
Global Water System Project
Global Environmental Change and Human Security
Integrated History and Future of People on Earth
Industrial Transformation
Urbanization and Global Environmental Change
Land–Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone
Global Carbon Project
Global Environmental Change and Food Systems
Global Environmental Change and Human Health
Global Land Project
Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme
Annexes3 chapters available
Basic statistics on the production of social science research
Bibliometric analysis of social science research into global environmental change
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