Sustainability Science

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 855–859 | Cite as

A call for empirically based guidelines for building trust among stakeholders in environmental sustainability projects

  • Fabio BoschettiEmail author
  • Christopher Cvitanovic
  • Aysha Fleming
  • Elisabeth Fulton
Note and Comment
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Concepts, Methodology, and Knowledge Management for Sustainability Science

“The scientific community must rapidly reorganize to focus on global sustainability solutions. We must develop a new strategy for creating and rapidly translating knowledge into action, which will form part of a new contract between science and society” (UN State of the Planet Declaration).

Sustainability challenges present a significant threat to humanity. Often described as wicked problems, they are large in scale, complex, difficult to predict, and plagued by political, social, environmental and administrative uncertainty. As highlighted through the quote above, successfully responding to these challenges requires knowledge, action and coordination, and thus depends on understanding complex socio-ecological systems and processes as much as on efficient and effective two way knowledge exchange among scientists, decision-makers and stakeholders. This leads to the questions: how can the science community best allocate limited funds between producing new scientific knowledge and...


Knowledge Exchange Stakeholder Engagement Trust Building Wicked Problem Sustainability Initiative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial OrganisationCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.School of Earth and Geographical SciencesThe University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia
  3. 3.Centre for Marine Socioecology, Institute for Marine and Antarctic StudiesThe University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia
  4. 4.Faculty of LawThe University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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