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Sustainable Development

Edited by John Blewitt

Routledge – 2013 – 2,360 pages

Series: Critical Concepts in the Environment

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The United Nations has pithily defined sustainable development as progress that ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. But sustainable development remains highly contested and is subject to a wide variety of interpretations, applications, and criticisms. Moreover, those seeking fully to understand this critical concept are confronted with a (sometimes dispiritingly) voluminous body of scholarly, polemical, and journalistic writing.

Edited by the acclaimed author of Understanding Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 2008), this new title from Routledge’s Critical Concepts in the Environment series answers the need for an authoritative reference work to make sense of the vast literature on sustainable development, and the continuing explosion in research output.

Drawing on a wide variety of sources that take full cognizance of the rich background and necessary adaptability of the concept to the imperatives of time, place, and culture, and which emphasize its connected and transdisciplinary nature, the editor has brought together in four volumes the canonical and the best cutting-edge work to produce an indispensable ‘mini library’. The collection covers the history, mediation, application, and likely future orientations of sustainable development, both conceptually and as a continually emerging practice.

Sustainable Development is fully indexed and includes comprehensive introductions, newly written by the editor, which place the collected materials in their historical and intellectual context. It is an essential reference collection and is certain to be valued by scholars and students—as well as serious policy-makers and practitioners—as a vital one-stop research and pedagogic resource.


Volume I

Part 1: Part 1: Sustainable Development: Issues and Perspectives

1. J. Robinson, ‘Squaring the Circle? Some Thoughts on the Idea of Sustainable Development’, Ecological Economics, 2004, 48, 369–84.

2. B. D. Ratner, ‘"Sustainability" as a Dialogue of Values: Challenges to the Sociology of Development’, Sociological Inquiry, 2004, 74, 50–69.

3. J. Rockstrom et al., ‘A Safe Operating Space for Humanity’, Nature, 2009, 461, 472–5.

4. P. Dasgupta, ‘The Idea of Sustainable Development’, Sustainability Science, 2007, 2, 5–11.

5. S. Morse, ‘Post-Sustainable Development’, Sustainable Development, 2008, 16, 341–52.

6. P. R. Ehrlick and A. H. Ehrlick, ‘The Population Bomb Revisited’, The Electronic Journal of Sustainable Development, 2009, 1, 63–71.

7. M. Wackernagel, N. B. Schulz, D. Deumling, A. C. Linares, M. Jenkins, V. Kapos, C. Monfreda, J. Loh, N. Myers, R. Norgaard, and J. Randers, ‘Tracking the Ecological Overshoot of the Human Economy’, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2002, 99, 9266–71.

8. D. Massey, ‘The Responsibilities of Place’, Local Economy, 2003, 19, 97–101.

9. Y. A. Braun, ‘Gendering Sustainability: Reframing Sustainable Development as Gender Justice’, Development, 2011, 54, 209–11.

10. R. J. Swart, P. Raskin, and J. Robinson, ‘The Problem of the Future: Sustainability Science and Scenario Analysis’, Global Environmental Change, 2004, 14, 137–46.

11. D. Harvey, ‘The Future of the Commons’, Radical History Review, 2011, 109, 101–7.

12. M. C. Nussbaum, ‘Human Rights and Human Capabilities’, Harvard Human Rights Journal, 2007, 20, 21–4.

13. T. O’Riordan, ‘Democracy and the Sustainability Transition’, in W. M. Laffery and J. Meadowcroft (eds.), Democracy and the Environment: Problems and Prospects (Edward Elgar, 1996), pp. 140–56.

14. D. H. Meadows, ‘Envisioning a Sustainable World’, in R. Costanza, O. Segura, and J. Martinez-Alier (eds.), Getting Down to Earth: Practical Applications of Ecological Economics (Island Press, 1996), pp. 117–26.

Part 2: Sustainable Development: A Systems Approach

15. D. H. Meadows, ‘Leverage Points: Places to Intervene in a System’ (The Sustainability Institute, Hartland VT, 1999).

16. C. Folke, S. Carpenter, T. Elmqvist, L. Gunderson, C. S. Holling, and B. Walker, ‘Resilience and Sustainable Development: Building Adaptive Capacity in a World of Transformations’, Ambio, 2002, 31, 5, 437–40.

17. N. W. Adger, ‘Social and Ecological Resilience: Are They Related?’, Progress in Human Geography, 2000, 24, 3, 347–64.

18. K. V. Ragnarsdóttir, H. U. Sverdrup, and D. Koca, ‘Assessing Long-Term Sustainability of Global Supply of Natural Resources and Materials’, in C. Ghenai (ed.), Sustainable Development—Energy, Engineering and Technologies—Manufacturing and Environment (InTech, 2012), pp. 83–116.

Part 3: Sustainability Tools and Frameworks

19. E. Ostrom, ‘A General Framework for Analyzing Sustainability of Socio-Ecological Systems’, Science, 2009, 325, 419–22.

20. H. Bossel, ‘How to Recognize Sustainable Development: Looking for Indicators’, Indicators for Sustainable Development: Theory, Methods Applications—A Report to the Balaton Group (International Institute for Sustainable Development, 1999), pp. 8–19.

21. P. Upham, ‘An Assessment of the Natural Step Theory of Sustainability’, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2000, 8, 445–54.

22. R. Welford, ‘Life Cycle Assessment’, in R. Welford (ed.), Corporate Environmental Management (Earthscan, 1998), pp. 138–47.

23. M. J. Jones, ‘Accounting for the Environment: Towards a Theoretical Perspective for Environmental Accounting and Reporting’, Accounting Forum, 2010, 34, 123–38.

24. K. H. Dreborg, ‘Essence of Backcasting’, Futures, 1996, 28, 813–28.

25. M. Max-Neef, ‘Development and Human Needs’, in P. Ekins and M. Max-Neef (eds.), Real-Life Economics: Understanding Wealth Creation (Routledge, 1992), pp. 197–213.

Part 4: Risk, Sustainability Ethics, and the Precautionary Principle

26. M. Ekberg, ‘The Parameters of the Risk Society: A Review and Exploration’, Current Sociology, 2007, 55, 343–66.

27. R. E. Kasperson and J. X. Kasperson, ‘The Social Amplification and Attenuation of Risk’, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 1996, 545, 95–105.

28. D. Santillo, D. L. Stringer, P. A. Johnston, and J. Tickner, ‘The Precautionary Principle: Protecting Against Failures of Scientific Method and Risk Assessment’, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 1998, 36, 939–51.

29. J. S. Dryzek, ‘Green Reason: Communicative Ethics for the Biosphere’, Environmental Ethics, 1990, 12, 195–210.

30. R. Eckersley, ‘Ecocentrism Explained and Defended’, Environmentalism and Political Theory: Toward an Ecocentric Approach (SUNY Press, 1992), pp. 49–71.

31. S. M. Gardiner, ‘A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption’, Environmental Values, 2006, 15, 397–413.

Volume II

Part 5: Climate Change

32. J. Hansen et al., ‘Dangerous Human-Made Interference with Climate: A GISS Model E Study’, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2007, 7, 2287–312.

33. B. Clack and R. York, ‘Carbon Metabolism: Global Capitalism, Climate Change, and the Biospheric Rift’, Theory and Society, 2005, 34, 391–428.

34. S. Jasanoff, ‘A New Climate for Society’, Theory, Culture and Society, 2010, 27, 233–53.

35. W. N. Adger, S. Huq, K. Brown, D. Conway, and M. Hulme, ‘Adaptation to Climate Change in the Developing World’, Progress in Development Studies, 2003, 3, 179–95.

36. P. J. Gregory, J. S. I. Ingram, and M. Brklacich, ‘Climate Change and Food Security’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 2005, 360, 2139–48.

37. D. Satterthwaite, ‘The Implications of Population Growth and Urbanization for Climate Change’, Environment and Urbanization, 2009, 21, 545–67.

Part 6: Conservation and Sustainable Development

38. A. Escobar, ‘Construction Nature: Elements of a Post-Structuralist Political Ecology’, Futures, 1996, 28, 4, 325–43.

39. M. B. Potschin and R. H. Haines-Young, ‘Ecosystem Services: Exploring a Geographical Perspective’, Progress in Physical Geography, 2011, 35, 575–94.

40. M. Bekoff and S. Bexell, ‘Ignoring Nature: Why We Do it, the Dire Consequences, and the Need for a Paradigm Shift to Save Animals, Habitats, and Ourselves’, Human Ecology Review, 2010, 17, 70–6.

41. P. D. Hirsch, W. M. Adams, J. P. Brosius, A. Zia, N. Bariola, and J. L. Dammer, ‘Acknowledging Conservation Trade-Offs and Embracing Complexity’, Conservation Biology, 2010, 25, 259–64.

42. J. A. Drew, ‘Use of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Marine Conservation’, Conservation Biology, 2005, 19, 1286–93.

Part 7: Water, Energy, and Food

43. A. K. Biswas, ‘Water for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century’, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 1991, 7, 219–24.

44. V. Smil, ‘Water News: Bad, Good and Virtual’, American Scientist, Sept./Oct. 2008, 399–407.

45. Hae-Yong Jeong, Young-In Kim, Yong-Bum Lee, Kwi-Seok Ha, Byung-Chool Won, Dong-Uk Lee, and Dohee Hahn, ‘A "Must-Go Path" Scenario for Sustainable Development and the Role of Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century’, Energy Policy, 2010, 38, 1962–8.

46. H. Lund, ‘Renewable Energy Strategies for Sustainable Development’, Energy, 2007, 32, 912–19.

47. D. B. Lobell, M. B. Burke, C. Tebaldi, M. D. Mastrandrea, W. P. Falcon, and R. L. Naylor, ‘Prioritizing Climate Change Adaptation Needs for Food Security in 2030’, Science, 2008, 319, 607–10.

48. M. A. Altieri, N. Companioni, K. Cañizares, C. Murphy, P. Rosset, M. Bourque, and C. I. Nicholls, ‘The Greening of the "Barrios": Urban Agriculture for Food Security in Cuba’, Agriculture and Human Values, 1999, 16, 131–40.

49. J. Dixon, A. M. Omwega, S. Friel, C. Burns, K. Donati, and R. Carlisle, ‘The Health Equity Dimensions of Urban Food Systems’, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 2007, 84, 118–29.

50. C. Z. Levkoe, ‘Learning Democracy Through Food Justice Movements’, Agriculture and Human Values, 2006, 23, 89–98.

51. P. Pugliese, ‘Organic Farming and Sustainable Rural Development: A Multifaceted and Promising Convergence’, Sociologia Ruralis, 2001, 41, 1, 112–30.

Part 8: Industrial Ecology, Design, and Technology

52. T. E. Graedel, ‘On the Concept of Industrial Ecology’, Annual Review of Energy and the Environment, 1996, 21, 69–98.

53. D. R. Tilley, ‘Industrial Ecology and Ecological Engineering: Opportunities for Symbiosis’, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 2003, 7, 13–32.

54. A. Ahmed and J. A. Stein, ‘Science, Technology and Sustainable Development: A World Review’, World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 2004, 1, 5–24.

55. A. S. Ninan, ‘Gandhi’s Technoscience: Sustainability and Technology as Themes of Politics’, Sustainable Development, 2009, 17, 183–96.

56. R. B. Jackson and J. Salzman, ‘Pursuing Geoengineering for Atmospheric Restoration’, Issues in Science and Technology, 2010, Summer, 67–76.

57. S. Clarke, ‘Future Technologies, Dystopic Futures and the Precautionary Principle’, Ethics and Information Technology, 2005, 7, 121–6.

58. R. Maxwell and T. Miller, ‘Ecological Ethics and Media Technology’, International Journal of Communication, 2008, 2, 331–53.

59. M. Braungart, W. McDonough, and A. Bollinger, ‘Cradle-to-Cradle Design: Creating Healthy Emissions—A Strategy for Eco-Effective Product and System Design’, Journal of Cleaner Production, 2007, 15, 1337–48.

60. P. Mang and B. Reed, ‘Designing from Place: A Regenerative Framework and Methodology’, Building Research & Information, 2012, 40, 23–38.

Volume III

Part 9: Sustainable Cities

61. M. Roseland, ‘Dimensions of the Eco-City’, Cities, 1997, 14, 197–202.

62. D. Satterthwaite, ‘Sustainable Cities or Cities that Contribute to Sustainable Development?’, Urban Studies, 1997, 34, 10, 1667–91.

63. J. Macedo, ‘City Profile: Curitiba’, Cities, 2004, 21, 6, 537–49.

64. P. Newman, ‘The Environmental Impact of Cities’, Environment and Urbanization, 2006, 18, 275–95.

65. M. Hodson and S. Marvin, ‘Urbanism in the Anthropocene: Ecological Urbanism or Premium Ecological Enclaves?’, City, 2010, 14, 298–313.

66. M. Purcell, ‘Excavating Lefebvre: The Right to the City and its Urban Politics of the Inhabitant’, GeoJournal, 2002, 58, 99–108.

67. S. Hinchcliffe and S. Whatmore, ‘Living Cities: Towards a Politics of Conviviality’, Science as Culture, 2006, 15, 123–38.

68. P. Fan and J. Qi, ‘Assessing the Sustainability of Major Cities in China’, Sustainability Science, 2010, 5, 51–68.

69. Y. R. Jabareen, ‘Sustainable Urban Forms: Their Typologies, Models, and Concepts’, Journal of Planning Education and Research, 2006, 26, 38–52.

Part 10: Building Sustainable Communities

70. H. Frumkin, ‘Healthy Places: Exploring the Evidence’, American Journal of Public Health, 2001, 93, 9, 1451–6.

71. A. Kollmuss and J. Agyeman, ‘Mind the Gap: Why Do People Act Environmentally and What are the Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behavior?’, Environmental Education Research, 2002, 8, 239–60.

72. J. C. Bridger and A. E. Luloff, ‘Building the Sustainable Community: Is Social Capital the Answer?’, Sociological Inquiry, 2001, 71, 458–72.

73. D. McKenzie-Mohr, ‘Promoting Sustainable Behaviour: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing’, Journal of Social Issues, 2000, 56, 543–54.

74. M. Deakin, ‘Meeting the Challenge of Learning from What Works in the Development of Sustainable Communities’, Sustainable Cities and Society, 2011, 1, 244–51.

75. J. Ferris, C. Norman, and J. Sempik, ‘People, Land and Sustainability: Community Gardens and the Social Dimension of Sustainable Development’, Social Policy and Administration, 2001, 35, 559–68.

76. S. Barr, A. Gilg, and G. Shaw, ‘"Helping People Make Better Choices": Exploring the Behaviour Change Agenda for Environmental Sustainability’, Applied Geography, 2011, 31, 712–20.

77. K. Milberry and S. Anderson, ‘Open Sourcing Our Way to an Online Commons: Contesting Corporate Impermeability in the New Media Ecology’, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 2009, 33, 393–412.

Part 11: Environmental Justice

78. J. Martinez-Alier, ‘Mining Conflicts, Environmental Justice, and Valuation’, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2001, 86, 153–70.

79. J. Agyeman, R. D. Bullard, and B. Evans, ‘Exploring the Nexus: Bringing Together Sustainability, Environmental Justice and Equity’, Space and Polity, 2002, 6, 77–90.

80. D. N. Pellow, ‘Social Inequalities and Environmental Conflict’, Horizontes Antropológicos, 2006, 12, 15–29.

81. J. Rice, ‘North-South Relations and the Ecological Debt: Asserting a Counter-Hegemonic Discourse’, Critical Sociology, 2009, 35, 225–52.

82. G. Terry, ‘No Climate Justice Without Gender Justice: An Overview of the Issues’, Gender & Development, 2009, 17, 1, 5–18.

Part 12: Communication, Learning, and Education

83. A. Hansen, ‘Tampering with Nature: "Nature" and the "Natural" in Media Coverage of Genetics and Biotechnology’, Media Culture and Society, 2006, 28, 811–34.

84. G. Lakoff, ‘Why it Matters How We Frame the Environment’, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, 2010, 4, 70–81.

85. D. A. Gruenewald, ‘The Best of Both Worlds: A Critical Pedagogy of Place’, Educational Researcher, 2003, 32, 3–12.

86. A. Jamison, ‘The Making of Green Knowledge: The Contribution from Activism’, Futures, 2003, 35, 703–16.

87. A. Dobson, ‘Environmental Citizenship: Towards Sustainable Development’, Sustainable Development, 2007, 15, 276–85.

88. S. Sterling, ‘Higher Education, Sustainability, and the Role of Systemic Learning’, in P. B. Corcoran and A. Wals (eds.), Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability (Kluwer, 2004), pp. 49–70.

89. A. E. J. Wals and B. Jickling, ‘"Sustainability" in Higher Education: From Doublethink and Newspeak to Critical Thinking and Meaningful Learning’, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2002, 3, 221–32.

90. C. Parkes and J. Blewitt, ‘"Ignorance Was Bliss, Now I’m Not Ignorant and That is Far More Difficult": Transdisciplinary Learning and Reflexivity in Responsible Management Education’, Journal of Global Responsibility, 2011, 2, 206–21.

Volume IV

Part 13: Economics and Capitalism

91. R. Constanza, R. de Groot, S. Farber, M. Grasso, B. Hannon, K. Limburg, S. Naeem, R. V. O’Neill, J. Paruelo, R. G. Raskin, P. Sutton, and M. van den Belt, ‘The Value of the World’s Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital’, Nature, 1997, 387, 253–60.

92. H. E. Daly, ‘The Economic Growth Debate: What Some Economists Have Learned But Many Have Not’, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 1987, 14, 323–36.

93. L. Montes, ‘Financing Sustainable Development in Mexico Through Alternative Banks or "Green Banks"’, Journal of Project Finance, 1998, 4, 1, 67–73.

94. P. Ekins, ‘Sustainable Growth Revisited: Technology, Economics and Policy’, Mineral Economics, 2012, 24, 59–77.

95. J. Martínez-Alier, U. Pascual, F.-D. Vivien, and E. Zaccai, ‘Sustainable De-Growth: Mapping the Context, Criticisms and Future Prospects of an Emergent Paradigm’, Ecological Economics, 2010, 69, 1741–7.

96. R. G. Wilkinson and K. E. Pickett, ‘The Problems of Relative Deprivation: Why Some Societies Do Better Than Others’, Social Science & Medicine, 2007, 65, 1965–78.

97. T. Jackson, ‘Live Better by Consuming Less? Is There a "Double Dividend" in Sustainable Consumption?’, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 2005, 9, 19–36.

98. S. Prudham, ‘Pimping Climate Change: Richard Branson, Global Warming, and the Performance of Green Capitalism’, Environment and Planning A, 2009, 41, 1594–613.

99. A. Gorz, ‘Moving Beyond Wage-Based Society’, Reclaiming Work: Beyond the Wage Based Society (Polity Press, 1999), pp. 72–111.

100. R. Flecha and I. Santa Cruz, ‘Cooperation for Economic Success: The Mondragon Case’, Analyse & Kritik, 2011, 33, 157–70.

Part 14: Business and Corporate Responsibility

101. J. Elkington, ‘Partnerships from Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st-Century Business’, Environmental Quality Management, 1998, 8, 37–51.

102. D. C. Korten, ‘Do Corporations Rule the World? And Does it Matter?’, Organization & Environment, 1998, 11, 389–98.

103. S. B. Banerjee, ‘Corporate Social Responsibility: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, Critical Sociology, 2008, 34, 51–79.

104. D. S. Khetriwal, P. Kraeuchi, and R. Widmer, ‘Producer Responsibility for E-Waste Management: Key Issues for Consideration: Learning from the Swiss Experience’, Journal of Environmental Management, 2009, 90, 153–65.

105. E. Giovannucci and S. Ponte, ‘Standards as a New Form of Social Contract? Sustainability Initiatives in the Coffee Industry’, Food Policy, 2005, 30, 284–301.

106. H. Borland, ‘Conceptualising Global Strategic Sustainability and Corporate Transformational Change’, International Marketing Review, 2009, 26, 554–72.

107. F. Tilley and W. Young, ‘Sustainability Entrepreneurs: Could They Be the True Wealth Creators of the Future?’, Greener Management International, 2009, 55, 79–92.

108. O. Laasch and R. N. Conaway, ‘"Making It Do" at the Movie Theatres: Communicating Sustainability in the Workplace’, Business Communication Quarterly, 2011, 74, 68–78.

109. A. Hale and L. M. Shaw, ‘Women Workers and the Promise of Ethical Trade in the Globalised Garment Industry: A Serious Beginning’, Antipode, 2001, 33, 510–30.

Part 15: Ecological Modernization

110. A. P. J. Mol, ‘Ecological Modernization and the Global Economy’, Global Environmental Politics, 2002, 2, 92–115.

111. M. S. Carolan, ‘Ecological Modernization Theory: What About Consumption?’, Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal, 2004, 17, 247–60.

112. A. Kumbamu, ‘Ecological Modernization and the "Gene Revolution": The Case Study of Bt Cotton in India’, Capitalism Nature Socialism, 2006, 17, 7–31.

Part 16: Political Consumerism

113. M. Micheletti and D. Stolle, ‘Fashioning Social Justice Through Political Consumerism, Capitalism and the Internet’, Cultural Studies, 2008, 22, 749–69.

114. S. Seyfang, ‘Shopping for Sustainability: Can Sustainable Consumption Promote Ecological Citizenship?’, Environmental Politics, 2005, 14, 290–306.

115. R. L. Bryant and M. K. Goodman, ‘Consuming Narratives: The Political Ecology of "Alternative" Consumption’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 2004, 29, 344–66.

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