World Social Science Report 2013

Table of contents

Preface, Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

Preface, Olive Shisana, ISSC President


Acronyms and abbreviations

Changing global environments

1. Introduction: Social sciences in a changing global environment
Heide Hackmann, Susanne Moser
2. Global environmental change changes everything. Key messages and recommendations Susanne Moser, Heide Hackmann, Françoise Caillods

Part 1. The complexity and urgency of global environmental change and social transformation

3. Introduction: Social and environmental change in a complex,
uncertain world Heide Hackmann, Susanne Moser
4. What’s the problem? Putting global environmental change into
perspective Karen O’Brien
5. The challenge of sustainable development and the social sciences
Jeffrey D. Sachs
6. Between social and planetary boundaries: Navigating pathways in
the safe and just space for humanity Melissa Leach, Kate Raworth,
Johan Rockström
7. Inclusive wealth and the transition to sustainability Anantha Kumar
Duraiappah, Pablo Munoz, Elorm Darkey
8. Gender and environmental change Bina Agarwal
9. Social science understanding of transformation Katrina Brown,
Saffron O’Neill, Christo Fabricius
10. Changing the conditions of change by learning to use the future
differently Riel Miller
11. A new vision of open knowledge systems for sustainability:
Opportunities for social scientists David Tàbara
12. Viewpoint: Open knowledge and learning for sustainability
Tim O’Riordan

Part 2. Social science capacity in global environmental change research

13. Research divides in global environmental change research
Françoise Caillods
14. The social sciences and global environmental change in the United
States Thomas J. Wilbanks, Thomas Dietz, Richard H. Moss,
Paul C. Stern
15. Social sciences at the crossroads: Global environmental
change in Latin America and the Caribbean Julio C. Postigo,
Gustavo Blanco Wells, Pablo Chacón Cancino
16. Brazilian studies on environmental activism Angela Alonso,
Débora Maciel
17. Social sciences and global environmental change research in Latin
America Andrea Lampis (for CLACSO)
18. Quo vadis? The state of social sciences on climate and global
environmental change in Europe Carolina E. Adler,Katharina Rietig
19. The state of social sciences and global environmental change in
Russia Oleg Yanistky with boxes by Boris Porfiriev, Arkady Tishkov
20. Global environmental change and the social sciences in the Arab
world Ismail Serageldin
21. Social science perspectives on global environmental change in sub-
Saharan Africa Coleen Vogel
22. African perspectives needed on global environmental change
research James Murombedzi (for CODESRIA)
23. Global environmental change and social sciences in Eastern and
Southern Africa Paulos Chanie (for OSSREA)
24. Social science research and global environmental change in India and
South Asia Aromar Revi, Neha Sami
25. Social science research on climate change in China Ying Chen,
Laihui Xie
26. Social sciences in Japan after Fukushima Aysun Uyar
27. Social science research on global environmental change in the Asia-
Pacific region John Beaton (for AASSREC)

Part 3. The consequences of global environmental change for society

28. The consequences of global environmental change Diana Feliciano,
Frans Berkhout
29. Are Algerian agro pastoralists adapting to climate change?
Slimane Bédrani, Mohamed El Amine Benhassine
30. Relocation as a policy response to climate change vulnerability in
northern China Yan Zheng, Jiahua Pan, Xiaoyu Zhang
31. Climate change, flooding and economic well-being in Nigerian cities
Isaac B. Oluwatayo
32. Resilience and adaptation in Dhaka, Bangladesh Saleh Ahmed
33. Population and land-change dynamics in the Brazilian Amazon
Julia Cortes, Álvaro D’Antona
34. The risks of global warming to coral reef ecosystems Sabah Abdullah
35. Vulnerable and resilient children after disasters and geneenvironment
interplay Rainer K. Silbereisen, Marinus van Ijzendoorn,
Kan Zhang
36. Migration as an adaptation strategy to environmental change
W. Neil Adger, Helen Adams
37. The paradoxes of climate change and migration Andrew Baldwin,
François Gemenne
38. The role of the social sciences in adapting to climate change in
Northern Europe Carina Keskitalo
39. Women and climate change adaptation in Zimbabwe
Donald Chimanikire
40. Ex-rubber tappers and small-farmers’ views of weather changes in
the Amazon Erika Mesquita

Part 4. Conditions and visions for change and sense making in a rapidly changing world

41. Possibilities and prospects of social change in response to the
environmental crisis Susanne Moser
42. Promises and pitfalls of the green economy Ivan Turok,
Jacqueline Borel-Saladin
43. Viewpoint: Making sense of techno-optimism? The social
science of nanotechnology and sustainability Mammo Muchie,
Hailemichael T. Demissie
44. Bringing meanings to molecules by integrating green chemistry
and the social sciences Steve Maguire, Alastair Iles, Kira Matus,
Martin Mulvihill, Megan R. Schwarzman, Michael P. Wilson
45. Individual and collective behaviour change Elke U. Weber
46. Going Green? Using evolutionary psychology to foster sustainable
lifestyles Mark van Vugt, Vladas Griskevicius
47. Environmental issues and household sustainability in Australia
Lesley Head, Carol Farbotko, Chris Gibson, Nick Gill, Gordon Waitt
48. Models of human behaviour in social-ecological systems
Giuseppe Feola
49. Social aspects of solid waste in the global South Jutta Gutberlet
50. Incentive for low-carbon communities in Shanghai Lei Song
51. Climate change education and education for sustainable
development UNESCO
52. Education, science and climate change in French
schools Guillaume Arnould
53. Are increasing greenhouse gas emissions inevitable? John Urry
54. The human dimensions of global environmental
change Tom W. Smith
55. Environmental attitudes and demographics Nick Johnstone,
Ysé Serret, Zachary Brown
56. Sustainable consumption and lifestyles? Children and youth
in cities Khairoon Abbas, Ian Christie, Fanny Demassieux,
Bronwyn Hayward, Tim Jackson, Fabienne Pierre
57. Bringing poor peoples’ voices into policy discussions Deborah Rogers
58. Climate is culture David Buckland

Part 5. The responsibilities and ethical challenges in tackling global environmental change

59. Towards greater fairness in sharing the risks and burdens of global
environmental change Diana Feliciano, Susanne Moser
60. Winning environmental justice for the Lower Mekong Basin
Cassandra Pillay
61. Climate change mitigation, a problem of injustice
Steve Vanderheiden
62. Ethics and energy consumption Darryl Macer
63. The ethics of geo-engineering Diana Feliciano
64. Ethics as a core driver of sustainability in the Caribbean
Pedro Monreal Gonzalez
65. The role of religion, education and policy in Iran in valuing the
environment Hossein Godazgar
66. Sacred sustainability? Benedictine monasteries in Austria and
Germany Valentina Aversano-Dearborn, Bernhard Freyer,
Sina Leipold
67. Public engagement in discussing carbon capture and
storage Leslie Mabon, Simon Shackley
68. Biodiversity loss and corporate commitment to the UN Global
Compact Chris Monks
69. Toward responsible social sciences Asuncion Lera St.Clair

Part 6. New approaches to governance and decision-making

70. Dealing with wicked environmental problems Diana Feliciano,
Frans Berkhout
71. Is the IPCC a learning organization? Silke Beck
72. Viewpoint: Failing to translate science into policy? From Stockholm
1997 to Rio +20 Roberto P. Guimarães
73. The role of LA RED in disaster risk management in Latin America
Allan Lavell, Alonso Brenes, Pascal Girot
74. A functional risk society? Progressing from management to
governance while learning from disasters Urbano Fra Paleo
75. Viewpoint: Transition to sustainable societies, was Rio+20 a missed
opportunity? Diana Sánchez Betancourt, Dominik Reusser
76. Social learning and climate change adaptation in Thailand
Witchuda Srang-iam
77. Indigenous groups and climate change in Colombia Miguel Borja
78. Fighting to include local voices in environmental policy making in
Brazil Raoni Rajao
79. The need for indigenous knowledge in adaptation to climate change
in Nigeria Godwin Odok
80. Quebec’s Plan Nord and integrating indigenous knowledge into
social science research Steve Jordan
81. Participatory water governance in Mercosur
countries Alfredo Alejandro Gugliano, Davide Carbonai
82. Glass half full or half empty? Transboundary water
co-operation in the Jordan River Basin Anders Jagerskog
83. Global governance and sustainable development Alberto Martinelli
84. The politics of climate change and grassroots demands
Antônio A. R. Ioris
85. Green informal services in India? Rickshaws, rag picking and street
vending Ashima Sood
86. Debating transformation in multiple crises Ulrich Brand,
Achim Brunnengräber
87. Payments for ecosystem services in biodiversity conservation
Katia Karousakis, Edward Perry
88. Monitoring the effectiveness of adaptation investments
Nicolina Lamhauge, Michael Mullen

Part 7. Contributions from International Social Science Council members, programmes and partners

89. Contributions from International Social Science Council members,
programmes and partners ISSC
90. Anthropology and environmental change from a holistic and cultural
perspective Thomas Reuter
91. Psychological approaches and contributions to global environmental
change Kurt Pawlik, Linda Steg
92. The economics of climate and environmental change Andrew Steer
93. The humanities and changing global environments Rosi Braidotti,
Kum Kum Bhavnani, Poul Holm, Hsiung Ping-chen
94. Sociology and global environmental change Stewart Lockie
95. Geography and global environmental change Michael Meadows
96. Political science, global environmental change and sustainable
development Guy Lachapelle
97. Earth System Governance
98. Global Water System Project
99. Global Environmental Change and Human Security
100. Integrated History and Future of People on Earth Project
101. Industrial Transformation
102. Urbanization and Global Environmental Change
103. Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone
104. Global Carbon Project
105. Global Environmental Change and Food Systems
106. Global Environmental Change and Human Health Project
107. Global Land Project
108. Integrated Research on Disaster Risk


Annex A Basic statistics on the production of social science

Annex B Bibliometric analysis of social science research into
climate change and global environmental change


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