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Per Becker is a Professor of Risk and Sustainability at Lund University (Sweden), Research Professor of Climate, Environment
and Sustainability at NORCE (Norway), and Extraordinary Professor of Environmental Sciences and Management at
North-West University (South Africa). He has an interdisciplinary background with a PhD in Sociology and another PhD in
Engineering and has combined academia with a professional career for international organisations and public authorities.
His research group has had a significant impact on policy and practice concerning issues of risk and sustainability, perhaps
most notably, as a leading scientific provider of knowledge cited in global UN policies concerning capacity development
and as a trusted partner to a range of local authorities, governmental agencies, and international organisations.
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Continues to fill gaps between the descriptive, conceptual, and transformative sustainability science Sustainability is increasingly important across functional sectors and scientific disciplines. Policy-makers, practitioners, and academics continue to wrestle with the complexity of risk, resilience, and sustainability, but because of the necessary transdisciplinary focus, it is difficult to find authoritative content in a single source. Sustainability Science: Managing Risk and Resilience for Sustainable Development, Second Edition, contributes to filling that gap and is completely revised with several new chapters. It asserts that all efforts for the sustainability of humankind are undermined by the four fundamental challenges of complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity, and dynamic change. While there are no silver bullets, this book contends that we need systems approaches, risk approaches, participatory approaches, and resilience approaches to address each of them and endeavours to provide such. With that in mind, this book describes the state of the world (Part I), proposes a way to approach the world (Part II), and suggests how to set out to change the world (Part III).
PART I: THE STATE OF THE WORLD
Our Past Defining Our Present
Our growing awareness of sustainability challenges
Our boundaries for sustainability
Our Disturbances, Disruptions and Disasters
Our dynamic risk landscape
PART II: APPROACHING THE WORLD
Conceptual Frames for Risk, Resilience and Sustainable Development
Resilience From Panacean to Pragmatic
Governing and governmentalisation
The World as Human Environment Systems
PART III: CHANGING THE WORLD
Science and Change
Understanding Resistance to Knowledge and Change
Capacity Development for Resilience
Social Change for a Resilient Society
On a bumpy road from Industria to Sustainia?