Identifying future research directions for biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability: perspectives from early-career researchers

Hossain, M. S. , Pogue, S. J., Trenchard, L., Van Oudenhoven, A. P.E. and Washbourne, C.-L. (2018) Identifying future research directions for biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability: perspectives from early-career researchers. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 25(3), pp. 249-261. (doi: 10.1080/13504509.2017.1361480)

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Abstract

We aimed to identify priority research questions in the field of biodiversity, ecosystem services and sustainability (BESS), based on a workshop held during the NRG BESS Conference for Early Career Researchers on BESS, and to compare these to existing horizon scanning exercises. This work highlights the need for improved data availability through collaboration and knowledge exchange, which, in turn, can support the integrated valuation and sustainable management of ecosystems in response to global change. In addition, clear connectivity among different research themes in this field further emphasizes the need to consider a wider range of topics simultaneously to ensure the sustainable management of ecosystems for human wellbeing. In contrast to other horizon scanning exercises, our focus was more interdisciplinary and more concerned with the limits of sustainability and dynamic relationships between social and ecological systems. The identified questions could provide a framework for researchers, policy makers, funding agencies and the private sector to advance knowledge in biodiversity and ES research and to develop and implement policies to enable sustainable future development.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding: 1. BESS programme (NERC/PR100027): Funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of the UK’s Living with Environmental Change (LWEC). 2. Geography & Environment Department, University of Southampton. 3. Sustainability Science at the University of Southampton.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Sohel, Dr MD Sarwar
Authors: Hossain, M. S., Pogue, S. J., Trenchard, L., Van Oudenhoven, A. P.E., and Washbourne, C.-L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology
Publisher:Informa UK Ltd
ISSN:1350-4509
ISSN (Online):1745-2627
Published Online:09 August 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author(s)
First Published:First published in International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 25(1):249-261
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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