Transformations in Society and Environmental Policy

Transformations in Society and Environmental Policy Theme

The Transformations in Society and Environmental Policy Theme is led by Dr Alexandre S. Gagnon University of West of Scotland and Dr Tavis Potts University of Aberdeen.

SAGES members are involved in three types of work: Communication…of geoscience and environmental science; Engagement (knowledge exchange) with policy makers and businesses; Understanding human processes – behaviours – in response to environmental change. Topics on which SAGES members are undertaking work include:

Vulnerability and adaptation to environmental change: environmental governance; adaptation to climate change and variability; social impacts of flooding; community adaptive capacity; population change, mobility and vulnerability; international development.

Individual and social behaviour: residential choice behaviour; behavioural change dynamics; socio-economic scenarios; waste minimisation.

Carbon management and energy policy: Low carbon housing; carbon markets; value of carbon landscapes; climate and energy policy; biofuels – social impacts.

Ecosystem services & beneficiaries: Soil ecosystem services; capacity modelling of coastal-marine systems; environmental values; environmental management and development; ecosystem services and international development.

Land use, landscapes, soils: Decision processes of land use and cover change; landscape history; rural and urban sustainability; ethno-pedology.

Knowledge exchange: Science-policy interface; stakeholder engagement; public engagement and communication; outreach – science in society; tools for policy makers; communicating sustainability; knowledge elicitation.

Social simulation & visualisation: 3D visualisation; complexity theory & self-adaptive systems; emergent systems modelling; agent-based modelling; life-cycle analysis.