Sustainability Science Program

Global Environmental Risks

Global Environmental Risks (Social Learning Project)

Our first study on the theme of linking knowledge with action was a comparative historical analysis of how science and politics interact in moving global environmental issues from the theorist's desk to international negotiation table. This project, titled "Social Learning in the Management of Global Environmental Risks," was an international, comparative study to explore this question through study of society's efforts to come to terms with acid rain, stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change over the period ranging from the International Geophysical Year of 1957 to the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. Bill Clark of Harvard joined Jill Jaeger (Austria) and Josee van Eindhoven (Netherlands) to assemble a 40-person team from 8 countries to conduct the study.