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Structuring problems in sustainability science: The multi-level DPSIR framework

Author:
  • Barry Ness
  • Stefan Anderberg
  • Lennart Olsson
Publishing year: 2010
Language: English
Pages: 479-488
Publication/Series: Geoforum
Volume: 41
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

Sustainability science needs approaches that allow for the integration of knowledge across disciplines and scales. This paper suggests an approach to conceptualize problems of unsustainability by embedding the Drivers-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) scheme within a multi-level institutional framework represented by Hagerstrand's system of nested domains. The proposed taxonomy helps to decipher and to better understand key casual chains and societal responses at the appropriate spatial levels for particular sustainability problem areas. To illustrate the scheme more concretely the example of recent problem-solving efforts for Baltic Sea eutrophication driven by Swedish agriculture is examined. The discussion focuses on how the scheme fulfills the four research strategy requirements within the field of sustainability science and how the scheme is distinct from alternative approaches. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • DPSIR
  • Hagerstrand
  • Eutrophication
  • Baltic Sea
  • Multi-level
  • Hierarchies
  • Sustainability science
  • Scale

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Published
  • ISSN: 1872-9398
Barry Ness
E-mail: barry.ness [at] lucsus.lu.se

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