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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Convergence science in the Anthropocene: Navigating the known and unknown

Angeler, David; Allen, Craig R.; Carnaval, Ana


1. Rapidly changing ecological and social systems currently pose significant societal challenges. Navigating the complexity of social-ecological change requires ap-proaches able to cope with, and potentially solve, both foreseen and unforeseen societal challenges. 2. The emergent field of convergence addresses the intricacies of such challenges, and is thus relevant to a broad range of interdisciplinary issues. 3. This paper suggests a way to conceptualize convergence research. It discusses how it relates to two major societal challenges (adaptation, transformation), and to the generation of policy-relevant science. It also points out limitations to the further development of convergence research.


adaptation; convergence; interdisciplinary science; resilience; societal change; sustainability; transformation

Published in

People and nature - a journal of relational thinking
2020, volume: 2, number: 1, pages: 96-102

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Assessment
Allen, Craig R.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Carnaval, Ana
City College of New York

UKÄ Subject classification

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

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