JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017

Presentation information

[EE] Oral

M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-IS Intersection

[M-IS03] [EE] Future Earth - Implementing Integrated Research for Sustainable Future

Sat. May 20, 2017 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM 201A (International Conference Hall 2F)

convener:Yukio Himiyama(Emeritus Professor, Hokkaido University of Education), Yoshio Takahashi(Department of Earth and Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo), Makoto Taniguchi(Research Institute for Humanity and Nature), Fumiko KASUGA(National Institute for Environmental Studies), Chairperson:yukio himiyama(Emeritus Professor, Hokkaido University of Education), Chairperson:makoto taniguchi(Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

[MIS03-11] Strategic Research Agenda for Future Earth in Japan: Collaborative priority setting with stakeholders of global environmental issues

★Invited papers

*Yuko Onishi1, Makoto Taniguchi1, Hein Mallee1, Takeshi Nishimura1, Kuniyoshi Ebina2, Masayuki Itoh2, Hiroki Tsuruta3 (1.Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, 2.Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University, 3.Research Unit for Future Creation & Innovation “Creative Dojo”, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University)

Keywords:Future Earth, sustainability, global environment, research questions, priority setting, co-design

Future Earth is a new international research initiative that aims to achieve global sustainability through transdisciplinary approach. The global environment can affect or be affected by everyone in the society. However, the stakeholders of global environmental issues are rarely involved in the research priority setting. Here we present a development of Strategic Research Agenda for Future Earth in Japan through collaborative priority setting with a wide range of stakeholders. We first collected candidate research questions from the general public, local governments and industries, as well as experts. We then convened a workshop where stakeholders and researchers collaboratively identified priority research questions. From an initial pool of 645 candidate questions, 107 priorities were selected. Approximately 70% of the priorities were derived from the questions proposed by the stakeholders. Unlike previous other priorities in global environmental research, the majority of our priorities were social science and inter- or multi-disciplinary questions. The priorities included well acknowledged global problems such as climate change and biodiversity but also provided new perspectives by highlighting the importance of local communities, culture and dialogue. The results also shed light on lack of regional and societal relevance in global research priorities.