Sustainability science must challenge common sense: A response to Bodin (2021)

Ellinor Isgren, Stefano Longo

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In this comment, we respond to the claim of (Bodin, Sustain Sci 16: 2151–2155, 2021) that sustainability science, as a research community, has begun to “lean to the left” in a problematic manner. On one hand, we remain unconvinced by the examples cited as indications for this tendency, and argue for caution in making such judgements. On the other hand, we hold that that there may be reasons for seemingly “left leaning” positions which are scientific rather than purely political or ideological. Finally, we urge sustainability scientists to take heed of social theorists’ insights regarding the pitfalls of common sense analysis. This can better enable open and reflexive debate on the field’s development as well as the challenges it seeks to address.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2643-2645
JournalSustainability Science
Issue number6
Early online date2022
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Sociology
  • Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Free keywords

  • Critical sustainability science
  • Transformation


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