Special Issue "Policy Pathways for Sustainability"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).
Interests: decision making under deep uncertainty; exploratory modeling; scenario discovery; robust decision making; adaptation pathways
2. Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology, 2628 BX Delft, the Netherland
Interests: integrated water management; environmental modeling; decision making under deep uncertainty; adaptation pathways; scenarios
Interests: adaptation pathways; managing for uncertainty; systems ecology; decision support modelling
Interests: energy; renewable energy; climate change mitigation; transition pathways; scenarios; decision making under uncertainty; stakeholder engagement
The pathway metaphor is gaining prominence in various scientific domains. For example, there are papers on transition pathways, transformative pathways, adaptive pathways, adaptation pathways, emission reduction pathways, climate resilient development pathways, etc. Common, across all these usages of the pathway metaphor, is that policies are conceptualized as sequences of actions taken over time that co-evolve with changing conditions. This conceptualization is a response to the growing realization of the importance of flexibility and learning in the implementation of plans and policies as a means of achieving sustainability in the face of uncertainty. Pathways support decision-makers in taking action in the face of uncertainties that at present are irreducible, while yoking the implementation of actions to an evolving knowledge base. Despite the increasing usage of the policy pathway concept in various scientific domains, limited cross-fertilization amongst these disciplines is taking place. In addition, the uptake of policy pathways in practice has been quite limited up till now. This Special Issue aims at bringing together, for the first time, researchers working on policy pathways for sustainability in any application domain with the intention to foster interaction and cross-fertilization.
Topics that are of interest to this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:
- Developing pathways with actions from multiple stakeholders
- A comparative perspective on policy pathways in developed and developing countries
- Model-based support for designing policy pathways
- Decision implication of policy pathways (from pathways to a plan)
- Monitoring for the implementation of policy pathways
- Real world use and implementation of policy pathways
This Special Issue is particularly interested in methodological contributions that have a wider significance both within the application domain and, in particular, across domains. Case studies are welcome, but should make clear what their wider significance is to the various fields employing the policy pathways concept.Prof. Dr. J.H. (Jan) Kwakkel
Dr. M. (Marjolijn) Haasnoot
Dr. M. (Mark) Stafford Smith
Prof. Dr. E. (Evelina) Trutnevyte
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- decision pathways
- decision making under (deep) uncertainty
- climate adaptation
- climate mitigation
- energy transitions
- stakeholder engagement
- long-term uncertainty