The emerging and pressing scientific questions addressed under Future Earth and other networks are discussed in many forums, but they are rarely brought together. This Special Issue in Global Sustainability draws on research and key insights from the Future Earth community, highlighting the key scientific questions emerging from Future Earth’s Global Research Networks (GRNs) and from other organizations addressing compatible challenges.
They welcome contributions that:
- Provide a touchstone outlining the state-of-the-art for diverse sustainability-related fields;
- Address questions related to transdisciplinary approaches and methods that connect scientific inquiry with the concerns of stakeholders, and for making the science-policy interface more robust;
- Investigates cultural, historical, and developmental tensions that emerge in diverse contexts and are intrinsic to challenges of long-term sustainability and reducing inequality;
- Provide important insights into how and why multi-actor processes fail or succeed, and to point out what steps can be taken to facilitate these further now and in the future; or
- Generate integrated knowledge for successful transformations towards good and fair societies within a stable and resilient Earth system.