Conceptualizing, Observing, and Influencing Social–Ecological Transitions

dc.contributor.authorFischer-Kowalski, Marina
dc.contributor.authorRotmans, Jan
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-27T14:59:09Z
dc.date.available2010-01-27T14:59:09Z
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.description.abstract"This article creates a meeting ground between two distinct and fairly elaborate research traditions dealing with social 'transitions': the Dutch societal transitions management approach, and the Viennese sociometabolic transitions approach. Sharing a similar understanding of sustainability transitions —namely as major transformational changes of system characteristics—and a background epistemology of complex systems, autopoeisis, and evolutionary mechanisms, they address the subject from different angles: one approach asks how transformative changes happen and what they look like, and the other approach tries answer the question of how to bring them about. The Viennese approach is almost exclusively analytical and deals with a macro ('landscape') level of human history with a time scale of decades to centuries; the Dutch approach is based on intervention experiences and deals with a shorter time frame (decades) of micro–meso–macro levels of industrial societies. From both their respective angles, they contribute to some of the key questions of sustainability research, namely: how can a transformative change toward sustainability be distinguished from other types of social change? By which mechanisms can obstacles, path dependencies, and adverse interests be overcome? And what are the key persistent problems that call for such a transition?"en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournalEcology and Societyen_US
dc.identifier.citationmonthunknownen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber2en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume14en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/5451
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.subjectmanagementen_US
dc.subjectsocial-ecological systemsen_US
dc.subject.sectorGeneral & Multiple Resourcesen_US
dc.titleConceptualizing, Observing, and Influencing Social–Ecological Transitionsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.methodologyCase Studyen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US
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