• Data: Are we sustainable yet?

    Is my country sustainable? Many citizens may be asking themselves this question as the work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals continues in 2017. The sad answer is that for many aspects of sustainability we are not able to come with an answer that is as robust as we would like; in particular when it […]

  • Bert de Vries

    Striking a balance between development and sustainability

    Since the notion of Sustainable Development has become widespread with the publication of the UN Commission on Environment and Development in 1986, there has been the tension between the aspiration to develop on the one hand and to stay within ‘planetary boundaries’ on the other. Development often implies economic growth in order to satisfy basic […]

  • Johan Rockström

    New journal to sate hunger for knowledge on humanity’s future

    We are at a remarkable point in human development. Until now, the perception of sustainability has primarily focused on environmental protection, morality and efficiency. In 2015, there are strong signs the world may have crossed a social tipping point where the focus of sustainability as shifted towards innovation, prosperity and equity. With the adoption of […]

  • Welcome to Global Sustainability

    In the past decade or so, sustainability research has expanded rapidly to explore how societies interact with Earth systems. This research is of tremendous importance: without major societal changes, the planet will become a considerably more hostile place to live. How can we best make use of planetary resources, and what sort of environments will […]