Narratives of the Past for Future Earth: The Historiography of Global Environmental Change Research
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This paper analyses the auto-historiography of global environmental change research. It traces how researchers make sense of and rationalise research strategies and its raison d'être through narratives of the history of global change and Earth System science. Our study draws on personal and programme accounts of Earth System science's background related to the IGBP, the IHDP, the WCRP, and Future Earth, from 1983 to 2013. The study finds three core narratives: The science history narrative motivates the future development of the programme by building on the successes of earlier international projects. The Earth System departs from an enhanced understanding of environmental change over time. Finally, the Anthropocene narrative underpins arguments for a sciencebased management of human-environment systems. We argue that including reflexive analytical perspectives in the history writing of Future Earth contributes to making environmental change research relevant and useful for transparent and democratic decision-making.
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Sociology Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110653OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-110653DiVA: diva2:747914