Contemplative Sustainable Futures

Project: Research

Project Details


Humanity is facing increasingly complex environmental and sustainability challenges. Current coordination mechanisms, problem-solving strategies, and modes of scientific inquiry, teaching and learning appear insufficient to address these challenges. As a result, inner dimensions and transformation (embodied in notions such as consciousness and compassion) are emerging as a potential new area of exploration. The “Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program” was set up to explore this new area and create space and opportunities for learning, networking and knowledge development on this topic.
Effective start/end date2016/01/01 → …

Collaborative partners

  • Lund University (lead)
  • The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics
  • Karolinska Institutet: The Centre for Social Sustainability (Project partner)
  • Karolinska Institutet (Project partner)
  • Aberystwyth University Behavioural Insights Research Centre (Project partner)
  • University of Wisconsin–Madison: Center for Healthy Minds (Project partner)
  • Bath Spa University: Research Centre for Environmental Humanities (Project partner)
  • University of Oslo (Project partner)
  • Stanford University: Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (Project partner)
  • Institute For Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (Project partner)

UKÄ subject classification

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • values
  • mindfulness
  • well-being
  • inner transition
  • sustainability
  • beliefs
  • worldviews
  • paradigms
  • emotions
  • cognition
  • transformation