CALL FOR PAPERS: Transformative change

Guest Editors

Dirk S. Schmeller, EcoLab, Université de Toulouse, UPS, INPT, Toulouse, France
Peter Bridgewater, Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK; and Institute for Applied Ecology and Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Bruce, ACT, Australia

Theme & Objectives

The Transformative Change Assessment of IPBES will examine how better biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, ecosystem service delivery and restoration can be achieved, considering the totality of the socio-ecological system. In this regard, it is also important to understand and identify factors in human society at both the individual and collective levels, e.g., the tragedy of the commons exemplifies how individual self-interest can act against the common good of all. The assessment will then examine all the drivers and activities that may be leveraged to bring about transformative change in a growing human population.

At the same time IPBES just launched the Nexus Assessment which will have strong links to the Transformative Change Assessment. You can read more about it in this IPBES press release. The Chairs of the Transformative Change Assessment outlined that “The Transformative Change Assessment will offer practical options for concrete action to foster, accelerate and maintain the transformative change necessary for a more sustainable future.

As this is touching new ground, Biodiversity and Conservation invites submissions on topics related to transformative change with a global view on how such transformative change can help achieve the 2050 vision of biodiversity. In short, which changes of humanity are needed to stop the degradation of biodiversity, including ecosystems and their functioning, and therewith our global life-support system. The papers should outline approaches and recommendations on how to achieve this. This special issue, therefore, centers around transformative change and closely linked issues such as prioritization, time frame estimations, connectivity, etc.. This compilation of papers will directly contribute to the work of IPBES, later to be synthesized with the Assessment of Transformative Change. They should also enable a nature conservation fit for purpose that allows for co-existence of people and the rest of biodiversity and therewith reduce risks for well-being through a degradation of the global life support system.

We therefore invite interested colleagues to contact us with a short synopsis of a topic they would like to write as a review, original research article, commentary or a short communication for this special issue to be published before the IPBES-9 plenary likely planned at the end of 2023. Students and Early Career Researchers are also encouraged to submit a short synopsis of their topic for consideration in this special issue.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 30, 2022

  • Please follow the submission guidelines.
  • Please submit online via SNAPP and select article type “Special Issue: Transformative change”.

(Accepted articles will be made available Online First on an ongoing basis.)

About the Guest Editors

Prof. Dr. Dirk Schmeller holds the AXA Chair on Functional Mountain Ecology at Toulouse INP. His research is not only characterized by a multidisciplinary view, but also a global view on research questions. Prof. Dr. Schmeller’s active contributions to international initiatives and processes, such as in the Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), have established him as an expert in linking local issues to global problems. His broad expertise is well reflected in the diverse high-impact journals he has published in. Few researchers have achieved excellence in such a broad research spectrum. Read more about Prof. Dr. Schmeller’s research work here.

Prof. Peter Bridgewater holds Honorary posts at the University of Canberra, Beijing Forestry University and the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. He has worked for the Australian and UK governments, and UNESCO division of Ecological Sciences, The Ramsar Convention on wetlands and been Chair of the International Whaling Commission. Prof. Bridgewater has been the head or member of national delegations of the Convention on Migratory Species, The Ramsar Convention, the Convention on Biological diversity and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). His work covers biocultural diversity and the development and operation of science-policy interfaces. Read more about Prof. Bridgewater’s honorary appointments here.

Contact Information

Prof. Dr. Dirk S. Schmeller
Université de Toulouse

Prof. Peter Bridgewater
Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre
Sheffield Hallam University

Institute for Applied Ecology and Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
University of Canberra
Bruce, ACT

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