Sustainability Science

An Introduction

  • Harald Heinrichs
  • Pim Martens
  • Gerd Michelsen
  • Arnim Wiek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Harald Heinrichs, Arnim Wiek, Pim Martens, Gerd Michelsen
    Pages 1-4
  3. Gerd Michelsen, Maik Adomßent, Pim Martens, Michael von Hauff
    Pages 5-29
  4. Arnim Wiek, Daniel J. Lang
    Pages 31-41
  5. Klaus Kümmerer, James Clark
    Pages 43-59
  6. Henrik von Wehrden, Goddert von Oheimb, David J. Abson, Werner Härdtle
    Pages 61-70
  7. Sjouke Beemsterboer, René Kemp
    Pages 71-83
  8. Stefan Schaltegger, Erik G. Hansen, Heiko Spitzeck
    Pages 85-97
  9. Michael von Hauff
    Pages 99-107
  10. Marjan Peeters, Thomas Schomerus
    Pages 109-118
  11. Olaf Weber
    Pages 119-127
  12. Harald Heinrichs, Frank Biermann
    Pages 129-137
  13. Daniel Fischer, Gesa Lüdecke, Jasmin Godemann, Gerd Michelsen, Jens Newig, Marco Rieckmann et al.
    Pages 139-148
  14. Uwe Schneidewind, Mandy Singer-Brodowksi, Karoline Augenstein
    Pages 149-160
  15. Sonja Klinsky, Aaron Golub
    Pages 161-173
  16. Nils Ole Oermann, Annika Weinert
    Pages 175-192
  17. Jan H. Stel
    Pages 193-205
  18. Michael Stauffacher, Pius Krütli
    Pages 207-217
  19. Beatrice John, Andreas Möller, Annika Weiser
    Pages 219-230
  20. Stefan Lechtenböhmer, Lars J. Nilsson
    Pages 231-246
  21. Maud M. T. E. Huynen, Pim Martens
    Pages 247-260
  22. Aaron Golub
    Pages 261-272
  23. Rimjhim M. Aggarwal
    Pages 273-282
  24. David Manuel-Navarrete
    Pages 283-291
  25. John Harlow, Michael J. Bernstein, Bastien Girod, Arnim Wiek
    Pages 293-301
  26. Pim Martens, Darryn McEvoy, Chiung Ting Chang
    Pages 303-310
  27. Heather Sealy Lineberry, Arnim Wiek
    Pages 311-324
  28. Niko Roorda, Han van Son
    Pages 335-347
  29. Ron Cörvers, Arnim Wiek, Joop de Kraker, Daniel J. Lang, Pim Martens
    Pages 349-358

About this book


This textbook provides a comprehensive compilation of conceptual perspectives, methodological approaches and empirical insights of inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability science. Written by an international team of authors from leading sustainability institutions, the textbook covers key perspectives and topics of the scientific discourse on sustainable development. More than two decades after conceptualizing sustainability as societal guiding vision and regulative idea the necessity of concretizing and realizing sustainability in societal praxis is bigger than ever. Sharply improved individual and societal sustainable decision-making and action is necessary for a better future of humankind and the planet. On that account problem- and solution-oriented perspectives and competencies are crucial. The different chapters assemble an encompassing view of essential foundations and specific areas of research and action in sustainability science and practice. The textbook aims at fostering the further establishment of sustainability science in higher education and to enable the next generation of sustainability experts to tackle the challenging and exciting topic of sustainable development.


Biodiversity Ecosystems Sustainability strategies Sustainable decision-making Transdisciplinarity

Editors and affiliations

  • Harald Heinrichs
    • 1
  • Pim Martens
    • 2
  • Gerd Michelsen
    • 3
  • Arnim Wiek
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of Sustainability Governance (INSUGO)Leuphana UniversityLüneburgGermany
  2. 2.Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Faculty of SustainabilityLeuphana UniversityLüneburgGermany
  4. 4.School of SustainabilityArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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