Three principles for co-designing sustainability intervention strategies : Experiences from Southern Transylvania

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Lam , D P M , Horcea-Milcu , A I , Fischer , J , Peukert , D & Lang , D J 2020 , ' Three principles for co-designing sustainability intervention strategies : Experiences from Southern Transylvania ' , Ambio , vol. 49 , no. 9 , pp. 1451–1465 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-019-01302-x

Title: Three principles for co-designing sustainability intervention strategies : Experiences from Southern Transylvania
Author: Lam, David P.M.; Horcea-Milcu, Andra I.; Fischer, Joern; Peukert, Daniela; Lang, Daniel J.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Ecosystems and Environment Research Programme
Date: 2020-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Ambio
ISSN: 0044-7447
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/317878
Abstract: Transformational research frameworks provide understanding and guidance for fostering change towards sustainability. They comprise stages of system understanding, visioning and co-designing intervention strategies to foster change. Guidance and empirical examples for how to facilitate the process of co-designing intervention strategies in real-world contexts remain scarce, especially with regard to integrating local initiatives. We suggest three principles to facilitate the process of co-designing intervention strategies that integrate local initiatives: (1) Explore existing and envisioned initiatives fostering change towards the desired future; (2) Frame the intervention strategy to bridge the gap between the present state and desired future state(s), building on, strengthening and complementing existing initiatives; (3) Identify drivers, barriers and potential leverage points for how to accelerate progress towards sustainability. We illustrate our approach via a case study on sustainable development in Southern Transylvania. We conclude that our principles were useful in the case study, especially with regards to integrating initiatives, and could also be applied in other real-world contexts.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
Leverage points
Place-based
Social-ecological system
Transdisciplinarity
Transformation
Transition
Transdisciplinary studies
Sustainability sciences
Communication
Sustainability Science
PATHWAYS
TRANSFORMATION
RESEARCHERS
LESSONS
URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
KNOWLEDGE COPRODUCTION
RURAL-DEVELOPMENT
ADAPTATION
TRANSITIONS
SCIENCE
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