Upcoming Publication: The Social Sciences and the Humanities in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Together with Mariam Akthar Schuster, I’m editing a special issue of “Innovation – The European Journal of Social Science Research”. Here is more about it:

The aims of this special issue are to stimulate the debate over the role of the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in IPBES and to provide a basis from which to develop concrete measures on how to cope with disciplinary imbalance in expert groups and other IPBES activities. The development of this compilation of articles is a preliminary climax of a chain of activities that started in November 2015 in Bonn, Germany under the auspices of the German IPBES Coordination Office. The five articles and the one research note of this special issue are contributions to the debate, identifying important topics, grounding their analyses in empirical work, analysing diverging perspectives, and sensing challenges and opportunities for multi- and interdisciplinary knowledge production to support current efforts to protect and sustainably use biodiversity. An essay by Marie Stenseke, member of the IPBES Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) and Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of the IPBES, introduces the special issue and provides the reader with a view from those who take active part in the organisation and implementation of the IPBES works.

The Social Sciences and the Humanities in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) by Alice B.M. Vadrot, Mariam Akhtar-Schuster & Robert Watson

The role, importance and challenges of social sciences and humanities in the work of the Intergovernmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES), by Marie Stenseke & Anne Larigauderie

The challenge of engaging diverse experts in a global environmental assessment: An analysis of the first IPBES work programme and some opportunities for improvement, by Malte Timpte, Jasper Montana, Katrin Reuter, Maud Borie & Jascha Apkes

Distribution and selection of experts in the intergovernmental science-policy platform on biodiversity and ecosystem services (IPBES): the case of the regional assessment for Africa by Katja Heubach and Cosmas Kombat Lambini

The significance of meaning. Why IPBES needs the social sciences and humanities, by Jens Jetzkowitz, C.S.A. (Kris) van Koppen, Rolf Lidskog, Konrad Ott, Lieske Voget-Kleschin & Catherine Mei Ling Wong

Why are social sciences and humanities needed in the works of IPBES? A systematic review of the literature, by Alice B. M. Vadrot, Aleksandar Rankovic, Renaud Lapeyre, Pierre-Marie Aubert & Yann Laurans

Borrowing trouble. Finding ways out of value systems discord for biodiversity policy-making, by Yann Laurans

Where do IPBES delegates in Europe see challenges, needs, gaps and opportunities in policy uptake of “Nature’s Contributions to People”? by Robert Keller, Hans Keune & Simone Maynard


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