Getting a grasp on urban challenges and futures in face of the climate crisis: The collaborative scenario-based techniques.

Climate crisis is happening here and now… and we must act! But do we know the whats, wheres, whens, and hows? We are witnessing an escalating climate crisis worldwide. Urban areas, accommodating a large portion of the world’s population, experience growing concerns from climate-related impacts in relatively compact space. Increasing risks of heatwaves due to... Continue Reading →

Vlož hodnoty, získej budoucnost?

Uvažovat o budoucnosti je pro nás nejen zajímavé, ale i důležité. Může pro nás znamenat mnohé: snít, přemýšlet o přáních do budoucna, ujasňovat si myšlenky, nebo připravovat plány pro různé případy a situace. Jako jednotlivci pro „příběhy”, které si představujeme ohledně budoucnosti, většinou nepoužíváme konkrétní výraz. Uvažujeme-li však o možné budoucnosti celých společenství nebo společností,... Continue Reading →

Insert your values, pick up a future?

Thinking about the future is not only interesting, but also important. We think about the future not only to imagine and dream, but also to organize our thoughts and wishes, and to plan ahead for different possibilities and options. In our individual lives, we may not use a specific term for the stories we envision... Continue Reading →

Launching the Coop4Wellbeing project

How can international development cooperation projects be strengthened through research of social-ecological linkages? And where does participatory research stand in such a relation? These and many other questions will be addressed by the interdisciplinary research project Coop4Wellbeing, which is being carried out by the Global Change Research Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (CzechGlobe),... Continue Reading →

Spouštíme projekt Coop4Wellbeing

Jak může výzkum vazeb mezi přírodou a společností přispět k posilování projektů zahraniční rozvojové spolupráce? A jakou roli v tomto propojení hraje participativní výzkum? Odpovědi na tyto (a další) otázky bude hledat interdisciplinární výzkumný projekt podpořený Technologickou agenturou ČR, na kterém se podílí Oddělení společenského rozměru globální změny Ústavu výzkumu globální změny AV ČR (CzechGlobe), Katedra rozvojových... Continue Reading →

Governance Challenges at the Interface of Food Security and Biodiversity Conservation


Food security and biodiversity conservation are two key challenges for many countries around the world. The simultaneous provision of food security and biodiversity conservation requires a governance system that can address intra- and intersectoral complexity. However, the two sectors are often treated as separate goals. In their recent study, Jiren et al. (2021) explore challenges encountered by governance systems to deliver integrated biodiversity and food security governance. To this end, they identified food security and biodiversity governance challenges in a multi-level governance context in southwestern Ethiopia. Specifically, this study focused on identifying institutional interplay problems within and between the two sectors at different governance levels.

The study area in Jimma zone in southwestern Ethiopia is a biodiversity hotspot and the birthplace of coffee (Coffea arabica, see picture). Food insecurity and biodiversity loss are major problems in the area and are accelerated by population pressure, agricultural land expansion, and challenges related…

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Systems Change not Climate Change… but how?

Last week I published an editorial, attached to a special issue in Sustainability Science on the topic of Leverage Points for sustainability transformations (available mainly as open access here). In it, we raise nine questions for working with leverage points and systems change. For those already engaged with systems thinking, and the topic of leverage... Continue Reading →

Launching the Just-Scapes project

How to make our response to climate change more just and sustainable? This central question will be addressed by a new project, Just-Scapes, which we contribute to in collaboration with University of East Anglia, Lille Catholic University, ESPOL – European School of Political and Social Sciences and INRAE – French National Research Institute for Agriculture,... Continue Reading →

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