Bridging barriers to advance global sustainability

Academic enterprises seeking to support society’s efforts to achieve global sustainability need to change their legacy reward systems. We need new structures to foster knowledge that is deeply integrated across disciplines and co-produced with non-academic stakeholders.

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The development of this opinion arose from discussions held during the International Forum on ‘Re-thinking interdisciplinary research for global sustainability’ organized by Nature Sustainability and Tsinghua University from 14 to 16 January 2018, in Beijing, China. The authors thank the organizers of the workshop and fellow participants for lively discussions on the nature and role of sustainability research. Any opinions, findings and conclusions expressed in this opinion piece are those of the authors and not meant to represent the views of any supporting institution.

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Correspondence to Elena G. Irwin or Patricia J. Culligan.

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Irwin, E.G., Culligan, P.J., Fischer-Kowalski, M. et al. Bridging barriers to advance global sustainability. Nat Sustain 1, 324–326 (2018).

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