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Global change, sustainability, governance: constructing an integrative framework for steering transitions

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Defense Thèse de doctorat : Univ. Genève, 2015 - Sc. 4892 - 2015/12/23
Abstract The main research question in this research project is: What are the essential elements and the organizing logic of an integrative framework that is suitable for analysing sustainability governance from a global perspective and for implementing the related transitions? This transdisciplinary research approaches this question from three main avenues. First, the research is based on the premise that applying a combination of innovative governance theories is needed in order to improve the analysis of sustainability governance. Secondly, this research explores the interests of core actors in one ‘lay of the land’ study on climate governance and in two unique case studies on ‘globalisation of sustainable energy technologies’ and ‘aviation and climate change’. Thirdly, the research draws inferences on some areas in which the study and practice of sustainability governance need to be expanded. The findings together form the basis for a new approach to sustainability governance: Integrative Sustainability Governance (ISG). The ensuing ISG framework includes indicator frames within the theoretical pillars of power, knowledge and norms. Other main findings are that the transformation of crisis into transitions needs to find a place in risk management; that systems deliberation can complement democracy in addressing wicked problems; and that insights from behavioural science can play a crucial role in successful transitions. This dissertation concludes by demonstrating the applicability of the findings to ‘SDG Hubs’ or innovative platforms for collaboration and knowledge exchange on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Keywords Global changeSustainabilityGovernanceTransitionsDeliberationPolycentricityAviationSystems thinkingAdaptivenessResilienceClimate changeEnergyTrade.
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URN: urn:nbn:ch:unige-825799
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Research group Pôle/Institut Gouvernance de l'environnement et développement territorial (PI-GEDT)
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MONKELBAAN, Joachim. Global change, sustainability, governance: constructing an integrative framework for steering transitions. Université de Genève. Thèse, 2015. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:82579

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