Transformations of land systems towards more sustainable development proceed in highly context-specific ways. This complicates efforts at cumulating and transferring knowledge about successes, trade-offs and failures of land system transformations across contexts. The archetypes approach is increasingly used as a methodological approach to understand recurrent patterns of factors and processes that shape the sustainability of land systems. Archetypes of land system transformations can be understood as recurrent but non-universal building blocks that explain how and under what conditions land systems transform towards more sustainable development.
The GLP Working Group on Archetype Analysis organizes this World Café to stimulate lively debate about the overarching question: are there archetypes of land system transformations towards sustainable development?
This session takes the format of a World Café. In the first step, four resource persons will provide brief, provocative statements and examples on the panel’s question (3-4 minutes each). In the second step, all session participants gather at moderated World Café tables for in-depth discussion in smaller groups in multiple rounds (ca. 50 minutes). In the final step, discussion in the plenary synthesizes the positions formed on the panel’s question (ca. 30 minutes).
The guiding questions at the tables are:
Table 1: Are there archetypes of land system transformation? Under what conditions will we observe what archetype?
Table 2: Methodological options, challenges and progress using quantitative/qualitative/‘big-data’ approaches to identify and analyse archetypes of land system transformation
Table 3: Using case insights to extrapolate towards archetypes of land system transformations
Table 4: Using archetype thinking to upscale land-based sustainability solutions, e.g. in knowledge co-production
The final plenary discussion will aim at formulating a set of concise positions on the session’s overarching question on archetypes of land system transformations towards sustainable development. We invite researchers, policy-makers and practitioners working on any dimension of land system transformation towards sustainable development. Background in archetype analysis is not necessary to participate, a stronger interest in the opportunities and challenges of transferring insights into land system transformations across contexts is key.
Session Organizers: Diana Sietz, Tomas Vaclavik, Klaus Eisenack, and Christoph Oberlack