Jill Jäger


Methodological Advances for Transformative Research – PDF

Author: Jill Jaeger

Independent Scholar

Complex and persistent problems of unsustainability require new approaches and new tools. How can science best contribute to finding solutions for these problems? Using examples from ongoing projects, this talk will distinguish between conventional research and transformative research, and show some new methodological advances that are being tested in participatory settings. These advances are based on the recognition of the following needs: to focus on solutions, not only problems; to integrate motives, values, human nature and agency; to focus on deep causes and social-ecological interactions, not only symptoms; to link local/situated integrated solutions of multiple problems to global processes; and to address institutional and behavioral change.


Dr. Jill Jäger received her BSc degree in environmental sciences from the University of East Anglia, UK, in 1971. In 1974 she was awarded her PhD in geography, focusing on climatology, from the University of Colorado, USA.

In 1987 Jäger became project leader at the Stockholm Environment Institute, Sweden, and in 1991 she became director of the Climate Policy Division of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany. She joined IIASA in 1994, where she was deputy director. From 1994 until 1998, Jäger was executive director of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change from 1999 until 2002. She joined the Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Austria, in 2004, where she was senior researcher until 2008.

Jäger has an extensive publication record, her research themes spanning energy and climate; biodiversity; global responsibility; public and stakeholder participation; policy integration; and linkages between knowledge and action for sustainable development.


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