PubCast – Threshold Concepts And Sustainability

By Hannah Harrison

This latest entry in our series of Pubcasts, audio-book style recordings of peer reviewed scientific research, is an essay about sustainability. People talk a lot about sustainability, though rarely can people agree on a singular definition. In this essay, I argue in defense of sustainability—that these continued challenges are not fundamental failings of sustainability but rather are symptomatic of how fundamentally different the sustainability world view is from the mainstream, modern way thinking.

Pubcasts are hosted by the Conservation of Change Lab ( and are an ongoing project to experiment with science communication and making research more accessible and digestible to both scientific and general audiences. We were inspired to start Pubcasts via our own love of podcasts, demystifying science and the role of researchers in science, and the power of the human voice.

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