As the principal driver of human-induced planetary change and the collective human condition, the global economy should be transformed to one that is fair, inclusive, circular and sustainable.

The research needs to advance understanding of the benefits, complexities, roles of different groups in society, necessary policies, regulations, incentives for advancing a more inclusive and sustainable economy in different contexts. More importantly, it will be critical to identify ways of overcoming existing impediments that slow the transition towards that economy, including regulatory barriers, market mechanisms, as well as social and cultural factors. The proposed research focus areas outlined below are intended to inform the transformation to such an economic future for humanity.

Just economies for a sustainable future: shifting from the growth paradigm to one that is in line with biophysical reality and with ethical considerations

Areas for scientific inquiry include:

Human dignity and social cohesion through equity and poverty reduction

Areas for scientific inquiry include:

Shifts to sustainable production and consumption

Areas for scientific inquiry include:

The future of work

Areas for scientific inquiry include:


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