Structuring and advancing solution-oriented research for sustainability: This article belongs to Ambio’s 50th Anniversary Collection. Theme: Solutions-oriented research

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The sustainability challenges the world faces today call for concerted and immediate action. Complementing problem-oriented, descriptive-analytical research with solution-oriented research could strengthen sustainability science’s contribution to address these challenges. We introduce different types of solution-oriented sustainability research to structure the discourse, outline opportunities to advance this research trajectory, and close with recommendations on how to support particularly students and early career researchers in getting involved with solution-oriented sustainability research.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2022

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    Research areas

  • Connection of research efforts, Cross-case comparisson, Enabling actions, Leverage points, Opportunities for advancement, Typology
  • Transdisciplinary studies