IAPS International Network Symposium 2013

Sustainable environments in a changing global context

Identifying opportunities for innovative spaces and practices in contexts of crisis

A Coruña, Spain, June 25-28, 2013

Sustainability – still a sparkling and fuzzy challenge in transdisciplinary projects


Petra Schweizer-Ries


Petra Schweizer-Ries (Chair)

Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft mit sozialwissenschaftlicher Ausrichtung

University of Applied Sciences- Bochum & Saarland University, Saarbrücken- Germany

Renate Cervinka

Renate Cervinka

Professor, Engineer, PhD

Medical University of Vienna, Austria


Jennifer Senick


Jennifer Senick

Executive Director of Rutgers Center for Green Building

The State University of New Jersey, USA





Latest since 1992 the idea of sustainable development impacts politics and science. Although sustainability resounded throughout the world and formed sustainability sciences in Friibergh, Sweden in 2000. The underlying concept still remains fuzzy and needs further clarification. On the other hand sustainability science needs to develop as scientifically grounded but open to the new approaches (non-linearity, complexity, and long time lags between actions and their consequences) and work on the challenges with “social learning, actions, adaptive management and policy as experiment”1 .


The round table first is aimed at exploring the different sustainability concepts (according to Martens & Schilder, 20112), orientations of sustainability science (according to Kates, Clark, Corell et al., 20113) and its relevance for applied scientific projects from the perspective of environmental psychology and from planners.


Second, it should break new ground for interchange within the IAPS community, especially for members of the sustainability network. It is aiming to find a way of how we are introducing sustainability science interchange and current developments into IAPS.


We would like to discuss with the audience (1) theoretical work on sustainability science and different sustainability approaches as well apply it on two field of expertise with political relevance (2) restorative environments, and (3) community resilience.


We will argue that we need a strong sustainability approach and will consider how to foster sustainability science within IAPS.


1 Friibergh Workshop on Sustainability Science. 2000. Sustainability science: Statement of the Friibergh Workshop on Sustainability Science. 11-14 October, Friibergh Manor, Örsundsbro, Sweden.

2 Martens, J. & Schinder, K. (2011). Sustainable Development. In J. Krieger (Ed.). The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (page 81-83). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

3 Kates, R., Clark, W., Corell, J., Hall, M., Jaeger, C., Lowe, I, McCarthy, J., Schellnhuber, H., Bert Bolin, B., Dickson, N., Faucheux, S., Gallopín, G., Gruebler, A., Huntley, B., Jäger, J., Jodha, N., Kasperson, R., Mabogunje, A., Matson, P., Mooney, H., Moore, B., O’Riordan, T. & Svedin, U. (2001). Sustainability Science. Science, 292, 641-662.



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