What is my research about
It is environment (interdisciplinary)
Interdisciplinary programme of research and training in environmental economics and environmental management
It is policy analysis
Bridges science and policy to find robust responses to the challenges of sustainability
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
It is applied science
Research into the critical issues of global environmental, economic, technological, and social change that we face in the twenty-first century.
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
It is social science
Transitions refer to large-scale transformations within society or important
subsystems, during which the structure of the societal system fundamentally changes.
Examples are the demographic transition, transition from industrial to service economies,
from extensive to intensive agriculture or from horse-and-carriage to car-mobility (Geels, 2002). A transition is the shift from a relative stable system (dynamic equilibrium) though a period of relatively rapid change during which the system reorganises irreversibly into a new (stable) system again (Rotmans, 1994). Transitions have the following characteristics (Rotmans et al., 2001):
• they concern large-scale technological, economical, ecological, socio-cultural and institutional developments that influence and reinforce each other
• they are long-term processes that take at least one generation
• there are interactions between different scale levels (niche, regime, landscape).
Faculty of Social Sciences, Loorbach 2008