Sustainability Science: Field Methods and Exercises by Miguel Esteban, Tomohiro Akiyama, Chiahsin Chen, Izumi

By Miguel Esteban, Tomohiro Akiyama, Chiahsin Chen, Izumi Ikeda, Takashi Mino

This publication builds up at the adventure and classes learnt by means of teachers on the Graduate application in Sustainability technological know-how, worldwide management Initiative (GPSS-GLI) on the collage of Tokyo. a couple of students within the new box of sustainability technology describe how box tools and routines are performed during this self-discipline, including the theoretical foundation for such routines. Case reviews of assorted international locations worldwide the place those routines are performed are showcased, emphasizing many of the socio-economic concerns and difficulties dealing with humanity and attainable methods ahead to construct extra sustainable and resilient societies. the ultimate goal is to complement the sphere of sustainability technological know-how through describing the radical facets utilized in the sector workouts conducted through practitioners of this cross-disciplinary field.

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Its organizers have established close relationships with the local water authority to move beyond the boundaries between academia and stakeholders, as well as to let students know that they are tackling real-world problems. Students are required to make policy recommendations and deliver this information to the local water authority. In addition, in 2011 and 2012, the collaboration was strengthened by working with several other institutions from both Japan and China. Organizers have thus held international symposia in Japan and in China to build a platform for students to hear fresh voices from academia beyond faculty members, government officials, and business people.

The empirical knowledge gained by the authors during the actual field survey dynamically influenced the issues that the participants looked at, thus some of the issues identified during the initial literature review were excluded in the end. The methodological approach, based on an iterative process of formulating the research questions and objectives of the study, was undertaken to ensure a match between knowledge gaps from literature with locally relevant issues. The adoption of this methodology was grounded in two reasons.

Allasiw et al. 1 Introduction This chapter aims to understand how the Costa Rican Payments for Environmental Services (PES) attained its objectives and at the same time examine current issues and challenges faced by PES facilitators and implementers. The data was collected through literature reviews and field-level interview surveys with key stakeholders. The methodology employed can be seen as a sort of preliminary assessment of a given issue in sustainability science, where a group of students can set out to make an assessment of the current state of a certain system by conducting an in-depth literature survey and preliminary field study that interviews key stakeholders.

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