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  • Mirek Dymitrow - Chalmers University of Technology, Mistra Urban Futures, Läraregatan 3, 412 96 Gothenburg, Sweden, e-mail: mirek.dymitrow@chalmers.se; University of Gothenburg, School of Business, Economics and Law; Department of Economy and Society - Unit for Human Geography, Viktoriagatan 13, 411 25 Gothenburg, Sweden, e-mail: mirek.dymitrow@geography.gu.se (corresponding author)
  • Keith Halfacree - Swansea University, Department of Geography, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, UK, e-mail: k.h.halfacree@swansea.ac.uk

  • Keywords
    sustainability, wicked problems, outside-the-box thinking, critical thinking, conceptual language

    It is increasingly appreciated how all societies contain many ‘wicked problems’ or socio-cultural challenges that are multidimensional, hard to pindown and consequently extremely challenging to solve. Obtaining functional and inclusive societal organisation is not a simple matter of ‘doing it’ by subscribing to winning formulae as there are, for example, many choices to be made in the process. Moreover, given that conceptual frameworks always guide thoughts, judgments and actions, how we relate to ‘sustainability’ specifically becomes relevant if we aim to achieve a more liveable society. This journal issue expressly engages with the consequent need to recognise this complexity. It assembles a set of ‘brave’ takes on far-advanced problems bedevilling conventionally conceptualised paths towards sustainability. Arguing against oversimplification that comes from domination of polarising concepts and unquestioned practices and rhetorics, the aim is to foster explorations into new territories from which we may learn. Ultimately, the desire to deconstruct pernicious divisions and create new hybrid syntheses can progress sustainability.



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