Key advantages of the leverage points perspective to shape human-nature relations

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Riechers , M , Loos , J , Balazsi , A , Garcia-Llorente , M , Bieling , C , Burgos-Ayala , A , Chakroun , L , Mattijssen , T J M , Muhr , M M , Perez-Ramirez , I , Raatikainen , K J , Rana , S , Richardson , M , Rosengren , L & West , S 2021 , ' Key advantages of the leverage points perspective to shape human-nature relations ' , Ecosystems and people , vol. 17 , no. 1 , pp. 205-214 .

Title: Key advantages of the leverage points perspective to shape human-nature relations
Author: Riechers, Maraja; Loos, Jacqueline; Balazsi, Agnes; Garcia-Llorente, Marina; Bieling, Claudia; Burgos-Ayala, Aracely; Chakroun, Leila; Mattijssen, Thomas J. M.; Muhr, Maximilian M.; Perez-Ramirez, Irene; Raatikainen, Kaisa J.; Rana, Sakshi; Richardson, Miles; Rosengren, Linda; West, Simon
Contributor organization: Human-Nature Transformations Research Group
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Department of Economics and Management
Date: 2021-01-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 10
Belongs to series: Ecosystems and people
ISSN: 2639-5908
Abstract: This perspective paper synthesises the special issue 'Human-nature connectedness as a leverage point for sustainability transformation'. Based on the articles in this special issue, we aim to foster the operationalisation of the leverage points perspective to shape human-nature relations to enable sustainability transformations. Specifically, we draw on four key advantages of the leverage points perspective: (i) the explicit recognition of deep leverage points; (ii) the ability to examine the interactions between shallow and deep system changes; (iii) the combination of causal and teleological modes of research; and (iv) the ability to function as a methodological boundary object. The contributions to this special issue revealed three deep leverage points addressing paradigm shifts in research and beyond: relational thinking and values, stewardship philosophy and shifting the economic growth paradigm to focus on human well-being. We highlight interlinkages between leverage points to further strengthen the transformative potential of interventions that aim at triggering shifts in our understanding about human-nature relations. Further, we show a way to bridge causal and teleological approaches by envisioning desired futures. Lastly, we emphasise the potential of arts-based methodologies, including participatory, transdisciplinary research to foster sustainability transformation and how this can be combined within the leverage points perspective.
Subject: Alexander van Oudenhoven
Human-nature connectedness
relational turn
relational values
transformative change
1172 Environmental sciences
Peer reviewed: Yes
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