October 5, 2011
Scientists across all disciplines share great concern that our planet is in the process of crossing dangerous biophysical tipping points. The results of a new large-scale global survey among 1,276 scholars from the social sciences and humanities demonstrate that the human dimensions of the problem are equally important but severely under-addressed.
The survey, conducted by the IHDP Secretariat (UNU-IHDP) in collaboration with UNESCO and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), identifies the following as highest priority research areas:
(1) equity/equality and wealth/resource distribution;
(2) policy, political systems/governance, and political economy;
(3) economic systems, economic costs and incentives;
(4) globalization, social and cultural transitions.
Over 80% call for additional funding and opportunities for such research. 90% of the survey respondents are in favor of an assessment of social sciences and humanities research findings applicable to global environmental change.
Visit the IHDP website to view the full survey.