2022 年 1 月 18 日 15:45(格林威治标准时间)
2022 年 1 月 18 日 17:15(格林威治标准时间)

The need for sustainability transitions is widely recognised, along with a concurrent need for the evolution of knowledge systems to inform more effective policy action. Although there are many new policy targets relating to net zero emissions and other sustainability challenges, cities, regional and national governments are still struggling to rapidly develop transformational policies to achieve them.  In this session we propose to share and extend insights from a previous academic-practitioner collaboration related to our work at the science-policy interface.  The collaboration included researchers working directly within government agencies of European Environment Agency (EEA), the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Natural England, and members of scientific advisory committees for these bodies.  Through this collaboration, particularly in the development of the EEA’s landmark document The European environment — state and outlook 2020, we have identified specific knowledge and competency needs for governing sustainability transitions related to the interlinked phases of envisioning, implementing and evaluating. In short, we argue that coordinated reforms of both policy and knowledge systems are urgently needed to address the speed and scale of sustainability challenges. These include embedding systems thinking literacy, mainstreaming participatory policy making, expanding the capacity to undertake transdisciplinary research, more adaptive governance and continuous organisational learning. These processes must guide further knowledge development, uptake and use as part of an iterative and holistic process. Such deep-seated change in policy-knowledge systems will be disruptive and presents challenges for traditional organisational models of knowledge delivery but is essential for successful sustainability transformations.

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Gary Kass is a professional environmental scientist and knowledge broker, with 35 years’ practice in the public and private sectors, working at the interface of science and policy. He champions forward-looking, systemic and interdisciplinary approaches to using science and evidence to tackle critical environmental and sustainability challenges. After a period of consulting, Gary joined the public sector in 1995 as Head of the Environment and Energy programme at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology and then Head of Public Engagement with Science and Technology within the UK Government. Gary joined Natural England in 2007 as Principal Specialist in Strategy and Environmental Futures and became Deputy Chief Scientist in 2014. Gary has served on academic panels and boards including the Natural Environment Research Council’s Innovation Advisory Board and the Research Excellence Framework. Gary is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey where he supports development of key competencies for sustainability. Gary held a Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy Fellowship, 2011-2013 and was Council member and then Chair of Institution of Environmental Sciences from 2014 until 2021. Gary is a Chartered Scientist and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Tom Oliver 是英国雷丁大学应用生态学教授。他花了四年时间担任生态和进化研究部门的负责人,现在是英国政府 (Defra) 的高级研究员,为建立新的系统研究计划提供建议。这涉及为英国环境法案的环境目标设计以及实现净零排放和其他成果的土地使用政策提供建议。汤姆曾为英国资助委员会提供建议,并在欧洲环境署科学委员会担任“社会生态系统专家”四年。他的主要研究重点包括开发方法和工具,以更好地量化和传达环境风险以支持环境决策。他在世界领先的跨学科期刊上发表了 90 多篇科学论文。他的作品出现在《卫报》、《独立报》和 BBC 科学焦点杂志上,他是广受好评的著作《自我错觉:我们与彼此和自然世界联系的令人惊讶的科学》的作者。