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    Tetsukazu Yahara, editor.
    Springer Nature eBook.
    Summary: This open access book provides a theoretical framework and case studies on decision science for regional sustainability by integrating the natural and social sciences. The cases discussed include solution-oriented transdisciplinary studies on the environment, disasters, health, governance and human cooperation. Based on these case studies and comprehensive reviews of relevant works, including lessons learned from past failures for predictable surprises and successes in adaptive co-management, the book provides the reader with new perspectives on how we can co-design collaborative projects with various conflicts of interest and how we can transform our society for a sustainable future. The book makes a valuable contribution to the global research initiative Future Earth, promoting transdisciplinary studies to bridge the gap between science and society in knowledge generation processes and supporting efforts to achieve the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Compared to other publications on transdisciplinary studies, this book is unique in that evolutionary biology is used as an integrator for various areas related to human decision-making, and approaches social changes as processes of adaptive learning and evolution. Given its scope, the book is highly recommended to all readers seeking an integrated overview of human decision-making in the context of social transformation.

    Part 1. The conceptual framework of decision science for a sustainable society
    Chapter 1. Decision science for Future Earth: How can we transform our society to a better future?
    Part 2. Lessons learned from trans-disciplinary studies in local communities
    Chapter 2. How can we develop a co-design, co-production, and co-delivery process toward a sustainable local society? Comparative study on transdisciplinary research projects
    Chapter 3. Lessons learned from co-design and co-production processes for a mobile health check-up research project in Jaipur India: Case study of the Portable Health Clinic, 2016-2018
    Chapter 4. Sustainability of micro hydropower generation in a traditional community of Indonesia
    Chapter 5. Conflict of legitimacy over tropical forest lands: Lessons for collaboration from case of industrial tree plantation in Indonesia
    Chapter 6. Sustainable community co-development through collaboration of science and society: Comparison of success and failure cases on Tsushima Island
    Part 3. Sustainable natural resource management: Theory and Practice
    Chapter 7. Theoretical models as a tool to derive management strategies for sustainable natural resource management
    Chapter 8. Environmental concerns of the pulp and paper industry: Focusing on household and sanitary paper products
    Chapter 9. Contribution of Community-based ecotourism to forest conservation and local livelihoods
    Part 4. Co-designs in a disaster recovery process: Case studies in the area affected by the Kumamoto earthquake
    Chapter 10. Oral care that supports healthy lives as a case study of the Kumamoto Earthquake
    Chapter 11. Experiences of university student volunteer activities to revitalize the area affected by the Kumamoto Earthquake
    Chapter 12. Attempt to develop high-value rice in the Shimojin District, Mashiki Town, Kumamoto Prefecture: Transition into sustainable local community using disaster recovery from the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes as a branding strategy.
    Digital Access Springer 2021