Rapidly accelerating local and global environmental change, and increasing social and economic inequities threaten societal well-being. Sustainability science seeks to address complex socio-environmental problems by generating interdisciplinary knowledge. However there are a number of barriers to generation and application of this knowledge. I will discuss a new institutional model that simultaneously a) generates, primary relevant and credible interdisciplinary knowledge, b) trains graduate students, c) builds environmental leadership at various levels, targeting corporations, the government and non- governmental organizations, d) engages in improving policy and governance regimes for sustainability, and e) fosters social innovation and leadership at the grassroots level.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Kamal Bawa (www.Kbawa.com) is Distinguished Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Founder-President of the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), one of India’s top-ranked environmental think tanks, based in Bangalore. He has done extensive work in the Himalaya for a number of years on a wide range of issues from biodiversity conservation to climate change. Kamal Bawa has published more than 200 papers and has authored or edited more than 10 books, and special issues of journals. Among the many awards he has received are: Bullard Fellowship at Harvard University (1972, 2009) Guggenheim Fellowship (1987), Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment (1992), Giorgio Ruffolo Fellowship at Harvard University (2009), the Gunnerus Prize in Sustainability Science from the Royal Norwegian Society of Letters and Sciences (2012), the international MIDORI Prize in Biodiversity (2014) from the Aeon Foundation in Japan, the Linnean Medal (2018), and an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta (2014). He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society. His latest coffee table book Himalaya: The Mountains of Life, a companion volume to Sahyadri: India’s Western Ghats, was published in 2013. Kamal Bawa is founding Editor-in Chief of two interdisciplinary journals: Conservation and Society and Ecology, Economy and Society.
This talk is the keynote address of the Sustainability Across Disciplines conference.