Narratives of the past for Future Earth: The historiography of global environmental change research
2015 (English)In: Anthropocene review, ISSN 2053-0196, Vol. 2, no 2, 159-173 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper analyses the auto-historiography of global environmental change research. It traces how participating researchers make sense of and rationalise research strategies 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 international global environmental change research programmes International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP), the World Climate Research Programme (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 science-based 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 democratic decision-making.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 2, no 2, 159-173 p.
auto-history ; Future Earth ; historiography ; research programmes ; science history
History Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114219DOI: 10.1177/2053019614567543ISI: 000356275800008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-114219DiVA: diva2:788472
ProjectsEarth System GovernmentalitySocial representations of novel dual high-stake technologies