Facing the Future (FTF) is an annual two-day conference, led by early-career researchers at the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) – a collaboration between the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute. FTF is motivated by the problem that present conditions in social-ecological systems are unsustainable. The relentless pursuit of economic and material growth has led to huge advances in the quality of life for some of the world’s population. However, it has resulted in significant social and economic inequalities, and threatened the Earth’s ability to support human society. Social-ecological systems therefore face formidable, global challenges – like climate change, food security and biodiversity loss – that are highly complex and uncertain, and require the collaboration of people from different sectors, disciplines, global locations, and social-economic backgrounds. FTF explores the opportunities and challenges of transdisciplinary collaboration for tackling complex social-ecological problems and encouraging just and sustainable conditions in social-ecological systems.
Following the 2015 conference, a group of researchers created the Facing the Future Network. The network aims to facilitate conversations and collaborations beyond the conference. This blog features posts by researchers and practitioners who work transdisciplinary approaches for tackling complex human-environmental problems. I hope you enjoy it!