Sustainability Science Program

Book on Sustainability Science

Book on Sustainability Science

The San Servolo Workshop identified a need for a readable introduction to the rapidly developing field of sustainability science. We are writing a readable introductory book on the rapidly developing field of sustainability science. This effort is being led by Sir Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Cambridge; Fellow of the Royal Society and Bill Clark, Co-Director of the Sustainability Science Program. Several co-authors from the San Servolo group and beyond have been recruited. The book will describes both the fundamental character of interactions among humans, their technologies, and the environment, and on the use of such knowledge to advance sustainability goals relevant to water, food, energy, health, habitation, mobility, and ecosystem services. The book will include core questions and grand challenges of sustainability science. Book co-authors are all members of the US National Academy of Science and include John Bongaarts Vice President, Policy Research Division, The Population Council; Stephen Carpenter, Stephen Alfred Forbes Professor of Zoology, University of Wisconsin at Madison; Bill Clark, Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development, Kennedy School of Government and Co-Director, Sustainability Science Program, Harvard Kennedy School; Partha Dasgupta, Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Cambridge; Fellow of the Royal Society; Pamela Matson, Dean, School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University and founding chair of the US National Academies Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability; Robert Kates, former Director, World Hunger Program; US Presidential Medal of Science recipient; Hans Joachim (John) Schellnhuber, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), chair of the German Advisory Council on Global Change; and B.L. Turner II, Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society, Arizona State University. Substantial contributions to the book were also made by the late Elinor Ostrom, Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science, Indiana University and Research Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University. The book is expected to be completed in 2013.