Research for Sustainable Development: Foundations, Experiences, and Perspectives

Edited by Urs Wiesmann and Hans Hurni , 2011

Achieving sustainable development requires knowledge-based and value-conscious social, political, and economic decisions and actions at multiple levels. Research aiming to support sustainable development must co-produce knowledge at the interfaces between disciplines, between science and society, between knowledge cultures in the global North, South, and East, and between global visions and local realities, while remaining rooted in solid disciplinary foundations. Research for Sustainable Development presents 29 articles in which interdisciplinary teams reflect on the foundations of sustainability-oriented research, on concepts, tools, and approaches to overcome the challenges of such research, and on specific issues of sustainable development.

Global Change and Sustainable Development: A Synthesis of Regional Experiences from Research Partnerships

Edited by Hans Hurni and Urs Wiesmann, 2010

A concerted and informed approach to face current development problems is needed. Generating shared knowledge is a key to addressing global challenges. This requires developing the ability to cross multiple borders wherever radically different understandings of issues such as health and environmental sanitation, governance and conflict, livelihood options and globalisation, and natural resources and development exist. Global Change and Sustainable Development presents 36 peer-reviewed articles written by interdisciplinary teams of authors who reflected on results of development-oriented research conducted from 2001 to 2008, guided by principles of sustainability.


Decentralisation meets local complexity
Local Struggles, State Decentralisation and Access to Natural Resources in South Asia and Latin America

Edited by Urs Geiser and Stephan Rist, 2009

"Decentralisation Meets Local Complexity brings together insights from eight case studies in Latin America and South Asia that provide nuanced descriptions and analyses of the experiences of decentralised natural resource management. The studies are compared in a non-reductionist way through an interpretative framework drawing upon various contemporary state–society theories and human–environment perspectives.
The book goes beyond an identification of universal mechanisms of effective decentralisation. It is an invaluable resource for both practitioners and researchers in the field of decentralisation and community-based natural resource management." René Véron, University of Guelph, Canada >>More

People, Protected Areas and Global Change
Participatory Conservation in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe

Edited by Marc Galvin and Tobias Haller, 2008

"This is an important contribution to the literature on protected areas and the political ecology of natural resource management and conservation. It provides a very timely analysis of "participatory" PA governance and management, examining "new paradigm" PA approaches which - in policy and rhetoric if not always in practice - offer alternatives to the fortress conservation approaches that have so often proved environmentally ineffective, socially disastrous and morally questionable [...]." Stan Stevens, Univ. of Massachusetts >>More

Gender and Sustainable Development
Case Studies from NCCR North-South

Edited by Smita Premchander and Christine Müller, 2006

The second volume in the Perspective Series published by the NCCR North-South presents an initial synthesis of gender-related research and a selection of research experience from the store of knowledge about gender gained in the programme. This book highlights the central place gender occupies in sustainable development and ways in which this can be made explicit in research frameworks, methodologies, and practical work. >>More


Research for Mitigating Syndromes of Global Change
A Transdisciplinary Appraisal of Selected Regions of the World to Prepare Development-Oriented Research Partnerships

Edited by Hans Hurni, Urs Wiesmann and Roland Schertenleib, 2004

The present publication is the final outcome of the “Syndrome Pre-Synthesis Project” (SPSP), a preparatory project initiated in 2001 to pave the way for the NCCR North-South. The SPSP applied a transdisciplinary approach to identify research partnerships for development in 8 regions of the world. The primary aim of the present publication is to present an initial synthesis of core problems in each region, of the status and focus of related research, and of corresponding new research needs... >>More