Urban agriculture is widely supported across developing countries as it has proven to be a vital livelihood strategy among the urban poor, resulting in various benefits, including enhanced food security and socioeconomic empowerment. Many researchers and policymakers stress that legal land tenure is one of the key assets that help to enhance the potential of... Continue Reading →
We have just published a preprint of a new study together with colleagues from the Department of remote sensing. The preprint reports the results of three studies conducted on residents of Czech cities of Brno and České Budějovice (N = 1,877) in which we explored heat perception in cities during summer heatwaves. Using street view... Continue Reading →
You may be wondering how the COVID-19 crisis has affected people’s pro-environmental motivation and pro-environmental behavior. At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, some scholars hoped that the crisis might help the society to better grasp the existential threat posed not only by the COVID-19 but by other risks, including the climate change and adopt... Continue Reading →
This blog post is based around a research article ‘Adaptive resilience of and through urban ecosystem services: A trans-disciplinary approach to sustainability in Barcelona’ (de Luca C., Langemeyer J., Vaňo S., Baró F., Andersson E., in press, Ecology and Society, 2021) which emerged from the collaborations during the Biodiversa project ‘ENABLE - Enabling Green and... Continue Reading →
In our new paper in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, we report results from an experimental cross-cultural study conducted in Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. We found that support for climate adaptation does not undermine people’s commitment to climate mitigation and vice versa. In fact, we found that prior focus on climate adaptation increases worry... Continue Reading →
The impacts of climate change on urban life require response in terms of adaptation planning. We investigated perceptions of and economic preferences for urban climate adaptation through nature-based solutions (NBS) in Prague and found that: (i) increased use of NBS is likely to generate significant economic public value; (ii) people perceive the species diversity of the NBS measures positively; (iii) NBS implemented in...
Learning from others to share innovations and world views is an important pathway to achieving sustainability. The basic premise is that when people know more about sustainability, they will act to achieve sustainability. Such learning can be about what sustainability is, or the impact of their current actions, or innovations or alternative actions that can... Continue Reading →
Produkce a spotřeba potravin v dnešní době propojuje i velmi vzdálená místa planety – žijeme v tzv. globálním potravinovém systému. Tento systém však nefunguje bezchybně – je mimo jiné náročný na suroviny, ohrožený místními konflikty i klimatickou krizí a často výrazně nespravedlivý vůči místním zemědělcům na celé planetě i celým státům. V posledních letech se navíc začíná snižovat... Continue Reading →
This blog post summarises the background and core ideas of the recently published article dealing with the inclusive approaches to green space planning and governance in cities as part of my doctoral research. When doing my Master’s, I got deeply interested in the topic of urban sustainability. It all started with my teacher talking about... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
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.
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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 →