Asun St ClairSenior Principal Scientist; Strategic Research & Innovation - Climate ChangeDNV GLAsun.Lera.St.Clair@dnvgl.com
Asun is Senior Principal scientist at the Climate Programme of DNV GL Strategic Research and Innovation. She has over 15 years of experience on solutions oriented research in the interface between poverty, development and climate change. Her work has contributed to the development of ISSC social science agenda for global change and ICSU science review of the SDGs. She was Lead Author for IPCC AR5, and Scientific Director of the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) under the International Social Science Council and professor at the University of Bergen. Asun has also served as an Associate to the Global Environmental Change and Human Security (GECHS) project under the International Human Dimensions Programme for a number of years.
The Future Earth initiative is
one of the most advanced agendas for changing the way we do research and engage with societal actors. Future Earth's dual role as a platform to coordinate research across the disciplines and as a catalyst for solutions and societal engagement is a clear reminder that sustainability needs new ways of producing science. It also calls for universities and research institutions to engage with society in both designing and producing scientific results.
My vision for Future Earth is
one that starts here in Norway, where we have the opportunity to fund and create interdisciplinary research environments, including a leading interdisciplinary "Centre for Transformations to Sustainability Studies" that can produce research and engagement with societal stakeholders that contributes to a more just and equitable world. The future we want won't happen unless private sector managers and leaders, civil servants, and citizens are able to think holistically, critically and creatively about the ways we shape the future and what needs to change. Our future earth needs humans able to see the connections between social, economic, political and ecological systems rather than focus attention on quick technological fixes or narrow domain knowledge. Thus, a place to start is with how we educate and how we do research. I hope the vision of education for sustainability, along the lines promoted by Future Earth, soon becomes a reality.