Sustainability: Key Issues

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Helen Kopnina, Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet
Routledge, 2015 - Business & Economics - 393 pages
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20 Key Issues in Sustainability is a comprehensive introductory textbook for undergraduate and postgraduate students doing courses in sustainability. Highly original, it covers the very broad spectrum of ideas covered under sustainability, from participation, resilience, growth, ecological modernism through to culture, sustainable communities and sustainable consumption.

Each chapter covers one key idea, and has been written by an expert in that field. This book makes key issues approachable, with each chapter containing:

  • a definition of the key concept
  • a history of how and why the issue has emerged
  • a discussion of the advantages, drawbacks, main contributions and controversies associated with this issue
  • case studies to demonstrate how it works in reality

The book is divided into five sections, each dealing with a different aspect of sustainability. The first section defines sustainability and nature, exploring how ideas of sustainability have emerged and looking forward to what sustainability might mean in the future, and what might influence this. The second section addresses environmental monitoring, assessment, and adaptation issues. Section three looks at the ambiguous yet commonly used terms in the lexicon of the environmental social sciences, namely environmental governance as well as policy and planning. Sections four and five are dedicated to ecological and environmental economics as well as issues of sustainability in business, corporate responsibility, higher education, and consumer behaviour.

This is the ideal book for anyone interested in understanding the key issues within sustainability and how they interact.

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About the author (2015)

Helen Kopnina is currently employed at The Hague University of Applied Science in the Netherlands. She is a coordinator of Sustainable Business program, lecturer in Politics, Business and Environment and researcher of environmental education and environmental social sciences.

Eleanor Shoreman-Ouimet is an environmental anthropologist and currently teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, USA. Her research focuses on human-environment interactions, cross-cultural conservation practices, community response to natural hazards and the effects of climate change.