Earthscan from Routledge is the world’s leading publisher on sustainability and environmental technologies, providing essential resources for professionals across the industry, as well as catering for the needs of lecturers and students. With such a wide variety of books on offer, Earthscan from Routledge takes pride in being able to support books across a wide range of types of publication – from engaging textbooks, to practical resources for faculty and professionals to cutting edge research. The outputs of this series will be released as a book by the Earthscan Science in Society Series, which aims to publish new high quality research, teaching, practical and policy-related books on topics that address the complex and vitally important interface between science and society.
The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) researches and informs key contemporary and emerging issues and processes of social, scientific, and technological change. It combines the highest standards of scholarship and relevance to pursue and disseminate timely research in the UK and worldwide. It collaborates with leading thinkers around the world and welcomes them to Oxford as visiting researchers, and nurture early career researchers through research fellowships in various programmes. InSIS is a member of the Oxford Martin School, established at the University of Oxford in 2005 to foster innovative thinking to address the issues of the 21st Century.
The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes is an intellectual network, based at Arizona State University, aimed at enhancing the contribution of science and technology to society’s pursuit of equality, justice, freedom, and overall quality of life. The Consortium creates knowledge and methods, cultivates public discourse, and fosters policies to help decision makers and institutions grapple with the immense power and importance of science and technology as society charts a course for the future.
The IASS in Potsdam promotes international level interdisciplinary science and research for global sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate change, the earth system and the development of new technologies. The Institute aims at exploring new paths, encouraging lateral thinking and scientific excellence. It will analyze existing knowledge, generate new ideas and develop strategically relevant fields of research to further the understanding of climate change and the earth system. The IASS will build a permanent platform for bringing together guest scientists providing a setting in which high-level-science can take place. It will draw on the expertise and innovation potential of qualified ‘fellows’ ranging from outstanding young scientists at the beginning of their careers to Nobel Laureates and strive for scientific exchange at the highest international level. IASS’ scientific directors are Dr. Mark Lawrence, physics Nobel laureate Prof. Carlo Rubbia, and Prof. Klaus Töpfer, former executive director of the UN Environment Programme.
The Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) is an independent, not-for-profit policy research institution. CEEW addresses pressing global challenges through an integrated and internationally focused approach. It does so through high quality research, partnerships with public and private institutions, and engagement with and outreach to the wider public. Among its major initiatives, CEEW has: published the 584-page National Water Resources Framework Study for India’s 12th Five Year Plan; written India’s first report on global governance, submitted to the National Security Adviser; assessed India’s 22 gigawatt solar mission; developed an innovation ecosystem framework for India; facilitated the $100 million India-U.S. Joint Clean Energy R&D Centre; worked on geoengineering governance (with UK’s Royal Society and the IPCC); created the Maharashtra-Guangdong partnership on sustainability; published research on energy-trade-climate linkages (including on governing clean energy subsidies for Rio+20); produced comprehensive reports and briefed negotiators on climate finance; and supported Bihar with minor irrigation reform and for water-climate adaptation frameworks.
The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) is the highest academic research organization in the fields of philosophy and social sciences as well as a national center for comprehensive studies in the People’s Republic of China. The Research Centre for Sustainable Development (RCSD) at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) was established in 1997 in response to the need in China for its pursuit to sustainable development, specializing policy related research mainly at national and international levels, providing policy input and advice to the central government through theoretical and policy related and case specific research activities. Key areas of research of RCSD include economics of sustainable development, climate change and economic development, global environmental governance, and regional and experimental studies on sustainable development such as low carbon cities.
The Brazilian Research Group on International Relations and Climate Change / CLIM was created by the University of Brasilia in March 2010 and certified by the Brazilian Research Council for Scientific and Technological Development/CNPq (funding agency of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation). It is formed by Senior Faculty, Junior Faculty, Researchers and PhD Students from Brazilian Scientific Institutions. The chair is Eduardo Viola, Full Professor of International Relations at the University of Brasilia and Senior Researcher at the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development. The mission of the Research Group is to promote the debate and exchange of ideas and research in progress among scholars with focus on the interface between international relations and climate change having as a context the concepts of Planetary Boundaries for the Safe Operation of Humanity on Earth and Earth System Governance. The main dimensions of that interface are: Global climate governance institutions; International environmental regimes; Global governance, Climate Powers, Domestic and Foreign Policies of Major Powers; The G20 and Climate Change; Transition to a Low Carbon Economy; Resilience and Adaptation to climate change; Sustainable society and Green economy; Governance of Geoengineering as an alternative for an emergency crisis situation; and, Climate Security.