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Edited by Hiroshi Komiyama, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Hideaki Shiroyama and Takashi Mino

Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach

Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Edited by Hiroshi Komiyama, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Hideaki Shiroyama and Takashi Mino

ISBN: 978-92-808-1180-3
375 pages; paper; US$37.00
March 2011

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Sustainability science is a new academic discipline that has emerged in response to threats to the sustainability of the global environment. The purpose of this discipline is to help build a sustainable society by developing solutions to climate change, the exhaustion of resources, ecological destruction and other environmental crises that threaten the future of humanity.

Sustainability science demands a realignment of existing academic disciplines. Whereas academia has moved inexorably in the direction of fragmentation into discrete fields of in-depth specialization, sustainability science seeks comprehensive, integrated solutions to complex problems and therefore requires a restructuring of education and research that spans multiple disciplines. This volume offers diverse approaches to the development of a transdisciplinary perspective that embraces the natural, social and human sciences in the quest for a sustainable society.

Hiroshi Komiyama is Chairman of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., and President Emeritus, The University of Tokyo, Japan. Kazuhiko Takeuchi is Deputy Executive Director of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, a Professor at the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan and Vice-Rector of the United Nations University. Hideaki Shiroyama is a Professor at the Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, The University of Tokyo, Japan. Takashi Mino is a Professor at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan.

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