Theories of change in sustainability science: Understanding how change happens

Oberlack, Christoph; Breu, Thomas Michael; Giger, Markus; Harari, Nicole; Herweg, Karl Günter; Mathez-Stiefel, Sarah-Lan; Messerli, Peter; Moser, Stephanie; Ott, Cordula; Providoli, Isabelle; Tribaldos, Theresa Margarete; Zimmermann, Anne; Schneider, Flurina (2019). Theories of change in sustainability science: Understanding how change happens. GAIA - Ökologische Perspektiven für Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft / ecological perspectives for science and society, 28(2), pp. 106-111. Oekom Verlag 10.14512/gaia.28.2.8

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Science-based initiatives generate particular changes towards sustainable development. But why and how does this work? Theories of change (ToCs) can help in understanding the theoretical assumptions and modes of knowledge production associated with these initiatives: ToCs trigger debate among the stakeholders and evaluators of an initiative regarding the hypothesized and observed effects of actions as well as regarding underlying assumptions about how change happens. Therefore, they can strengthen the effectiveness of research, practice, and education in sustainability science.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Sustainable Land Management
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Urban & Regional Planing
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Oberlack, Christoph; Breu, Thomas Michael; Giger, Markus; Harari, Nicole; Herweg, Karl Günter; Mathez, Sarah-Lan; Messerli, Peter; Moser, Stephanie; Ott, Cordula; Providoli, Isabelle; Tribaldos, Theresa Margarete; Zimmermann, Anne and Schneider, Flurina

Subjects:

900 History > 910 Geography & travel

ISSN:

0940-5550

Publisher:

Oekom Verlag

Projects:

[803] Cluster: Land Resources
[804] Socio-Economic Transition
[805] Sustainability Governance

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

26 Jun 2019 12:31

Last Modified:

03 Jul 2019 09:11

Publisher DOI:

10.14512/gaia.28.2.8

Uncontrolled Keywords:

2030 Agenda, pathways to impact, sustainability science, theories of change

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.131477

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/131477

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