Sustainability Science Program


Comparative Evaluation of Institutions for Linking Knowledge with Action


Featured publications

Clark, William C., et al. (eds.) Forthcoming in 2012. Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development. Special Feature of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Buizer, James, Katharine Jacobs, and David Cash. 2010. Making short-term climate forecasts useful: Linking science and action, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.0900518107.

Clark, William C., Thomas P. Tomich, Meine van Noordwijk, David Guston, Delia Catacutan, Nancy M. Dickson, Elizabeth McNie. 2011. Boundary work in research programs for sustainable development: Natural resource management at the CGIAR, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi/10.1073/pnas.0900231108.

Jacobs, Katharine, Louis Lebel, James Buizer, Lee Addams, Pamela Matson, Ellen McCullough, Po Garden, George Saliba, and Timothy Finan. 2010. Linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable water-resources management, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.0813125107.

Lebel, Louis, Po Garden, Amy Luers, David Manuel-Navarrete, and Dao Huy Giap. 2010. Knowledge and innovation relationships in the shrimp industry in Thailand and Mexico, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.0900555106.

McCullough, Ellen B. and Pamela A. Matson. 2011. Evolution of the knowledge system for agricultural development in the Yaqui Valley, Sonora, Mexico, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1011602108.

Reid, Robin S., D. Nkedianye, M. Y. Said, D. Kaelo, M. Neselle, O. Makui, L. Onetu, S. Kiruswa, N. Ole Kamuaro, P. Kristjanson, J. Ogutu, S. B. BurnSilver, M. J. Goldman, R. B. Boone, K. A. Galvin, N. M. Dickson, and W. C. Clark. 2009. Evolution of models to support community and policy action with science: Balancing pastoral livelihoods and wildlife conservation in savannas of East Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.0900313106.

van Kerkhoff, Lorrae and Nicole A. Szlezák. 2010. The role of innovative global institutions in linking knowledge and action. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.0900541107.

Kasperson, Roger E. and Mimi Berberian, eds. 2011. Integrating Science and Policy: Vulnerability and Resilience in Global Environmental Change, London; Washington, DC: Earthscan.

Lebel, Louis, Sylvia Lorek, and Rajesh Daniel. 2009. Sustainable Production Consumption Systems: Knowledge, Engagement and Practice. Secaucus, NJ; Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Verlag.

National Research Council, Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. 2006. Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development: The Role of Program Management. Summary of a Workshop held May 24-25, 2004. William Clark and Laura Holliday, eds. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.

van Kerkhoff, Lorrae and Louis Lebel. 2006. Linking knowledge and action for sustainable development. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 31:1–33.

National Research Council, Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability. 2005. Knowledge-Action Systems for Seasonal to Interannual Climate Forecasting: Summary of a Workshop. Summary of a workshop held May 6-8, 2004. D. Cash and J. Buizer, eds. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press.

Cash, David, William C. Clark, Frank Alcock, Nancy Dickson, Noelle Eckley, David Guston, Jill Jäger, and Ronald Mitchell. 2003. Knowledge systems for sustainable development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences100(14): 8086-8091.

Other publications

Garfin, Gregg, Katharine Jacobs, James Buizer. Climate change adaptation lessons from the land of dry heat. 2009. In Planning for an Uncertain Future-Monitoring, Integration, and Adaptation. R.M.T. Webb and D.J. Semmens, eds., Proceedings of the Third Interagency Conference on Research in the Watersheds. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5049. Reston, VA.

Manuel-Navarrete, D., G. Gallopín, M. Blanco, M. Díaz-Zorita, D. Ferraro, H. Herzer, P. Laterra, M.R. Murmis, G. Podestá, J. Rabinovich, E.H. Satorre, F. Torres, E. Viglizzo. 2009. Multi-causal and integrated assessment of sustainability. The case of agriculturization in the Argentine Pampas. Environment, Development and Sustainability 11(3): 621-638.

Saliba, George and Katharine Jacobs. 2008. Saving the San Pedro River: Science, collaboration and water sustainability in Arizona. Environment 50(6):30-43.

Szlezák, Nicole. 2008. Global Health in the Making: China, HIV/AIDS and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, in the subject of Public Policy, Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Manuel-Navarrete, D., J.J. Gómez, G. Gallopin. 2007. Syndromes of sustainability of development for assessing coupled human-environmental systems vulnerability. The case of hydrometeorological extreme events in Central America and the Caribbean. Global Environmental Change 17(2): 207-217;

Cash, D.W., W. Adger, F. Berkes, P. Garden, L. Lebel, P. Olsson, L. Pritchard, and O. Young. 2006. Scale and cross-scale dynamics: Governance and information in a multilevel world. Ecology and Society 11(2): 8.

Cash, D. W., J. C. Borck, and A. G. Patt. 2006.  Countering the loading-dock approach to linking science and decision making: Comparative analysis of El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) forecasting systems. Science, Technology and Human Values 31: 465 – 494.

Luers, A.L., R. Naylor, and P. Matson. 2006. A case study of land reform and coastal land transformation in southern Sonora, Mexico. Land Use Policy 23(4): 436-447.

Manuel-Navarrete, D., S. Slocombe, and B. Mitchell. 2006. Science for place-based socioecological management: Lessons from the Maya forest (Chiapas and Petén) Ecology and Society 11(1):8.

Lebel, L., P. Garden, and M. Imamura. 2005. The politics of scale, position, and place in the governance of water resources in the Mekong Region. Ecology and Society 10(2): 18.

Matson, P., A. Luers, K. Seto, R. Naylor, and I. Ortiz-Monasterio. 2005. People, land use and environment in the Yaqui Valley, Sonora, Mexico. In Population, Land Use, and Environment, B. Entwisle and P. Stern, eds. National Research Council: Washington, D.C, pp. 238-264.

Polsky, C. and D. Cash. 2005. Reducing vulnerability to the effects of global change: drought management in a multi-scale, multi-stressor world. In Drought and Water Crises: Science, Technology, and Management Issues, D. Wilhite, ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group: Boca Raton, FL, pp. 215-245.

Luers, A.L., D.B. Lobell, L.S. Sklar, C.L. Addams, and P.A. Matson. 2003. A method for quantifying vulnerability, applied to the agricultural system of the Yaqui Valley, Mexico. Global Environmental Change 13: 255-267.

Cash, David. 2001. Integrating Information and Decision Making in a Multi-Level World: Cross-Scale Environmental Science and Management. Dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, in the subject of Public Policy, Arts and Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

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