Conference Agenda

367N: Seeking solutions to land challenges of the Anthropocene: Land Systems Science at the Interface of Normative and Policy Concerns
Friday, 26/Apr/2019:
1:15pm - 2:45pm

Session Chair: Rinku Roy Chowdhury
Session Chair: Darla Karin Munroe
Session Chair: Ariane de Bremond
Location: MB-114
Main Building, 1st floor, west wing, 78 seats
Session Topics:
How do we support transformation?

Session Abstract

Land systems in the Anthropocene are characterized by rapid, widespread, yet profoundly uneven processes of social and environmental transformation, often with catastrophic consequences for ecosystems and vulnerable groups. Land system science (LSS) has long focused attention on the complex dynamics of land as a “boundary object” which includes not only the state of land cover, but also the dynamics of land use and its intended and unintended consequences.

This Innovative & Immersive session begins with a round of 5-minute flash talks highlighting a series of critical issues at the LSS – policy interface, reflecting on their implications for sustainability science. These address LSS engagements with pressing societal challenges such as climate change; forest and biodiversity loss; invasive species and novel ecosystems; emerging infectious diseases; the implications of neoliberal reform on land, tenure and livelihoods; land governance in a telecoupled world; gender, migration, displacement and citizenship; sustainable livelihoods, and food security.

We will use this platform to discuss broader implications for both scientific and normative practice of LSS, and reflect on key issues vis-à-vis our current science plan, highlighting pressing topics that can inform future science plan and implementation strategy. Following brief presentations, our discussion will be organized around 3 cross-cutting themes: (1) knowledge coproduction and stakeholder engagement, (2) methodological implications, and (3) land governance.

No contributions were assigned to this session.