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xiii, 213 p. : ill., maps (some col.) ; 25 cm.
  • PART ONE: MEASURING THE IMMEASURABLE? THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES Sustainability Research in the Social Sciences - Concepts, Methodologies and the Challenge of Interdisciplinarity - Henrike Rau and Frances Fahy PART TWO: RESEARCHING LOCAL LIVES: EXPERIENCES OF (UN)SUSTAINABILITY AMONG INDIVIDUALS, HOUSEHOLDS AND COMMUNITIES Household Analysis: Researching 'Green' Lifestyles, A Survey Approach - Stewart Barr and Jan Prillwitz Social Groups and Collective Decision-making: Focus Group Approaches - Anna Davies Local Lives and Conflict: Towards a Methodology of Dialogic Research - Mark Garavan PART THREE: COMPARATIVE RESEARCH ON THE SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE OF CITIES, REGIONS AND NATION-STATES Sustainable Development of What? Contesting Global Development Concepts and Measures - Su-ming Khoo Biophysical Indicators of Society-Nature Interaction: Material and Energy Flow Analysis, Human Appropriation of Net Primary Production and the Ecological Footprint - Veronika Gaube, Helmut Haberl, Karl-Heinz Erb Mapping for Sustainability: Environmental Noise and the City - Enda Murphy and Eoin A King PART IV: TIME IN FOCUS Everyday Life in Transition: Biographical Research and Sustainability - Melanie Jaeger-Erben Time and Sustainability - Henrike Rau and Ricca Edmondson PART V: CURRENT DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE TRENDS Researching Complex Sustainability Issues: Reflections on Current Challenges and Future Developments - Frances Fahy and Henrike Rau.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857025227 20160611
Sustainability is a key concept used by social scientists interested in interactions between human society and the environment. This text offers a systematic and critical review of established and emerging methodological approaches, as well as tools for the integrated investigation of sustainability questions. Recognising the significance of scale for sustainability efforts and measurement, its scope ranges from the local to the global. Divided into five sections: - Part I: examines the key challenges inherent to social scientific sustainability research, focusing in particular on methodological questions that arise from recent efforts towards greater disciplinary integration - Part II: discusses methodologies aimed at the investigation of attitudes and behaviour observable at the local level - from families and households to individual organisations within communities - Part III: focuses on comparative sustainability research across different levels of socio-political organisation - from cities and regions to nation-states. - Part IV: covers recent developments which recognise the significance of time for sustainability research and which offer innovative methodological approaches that focus on life events and long-term outcomes - Part V: offers a critical assessment of current and future trends in social-scientific sustainability research Bringing together contributions from international social scientists, this is the resource for academics and practitioners interested in sustainability research. It will be a core teaching text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in sustainability and sustainable development, geography, environmental sociology and the environmental sciences.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780857025227 20160611
Green Library
77 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
volumes ; 26 cm
106 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
xv, 326 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
"Place Peripheral examines community and regional development in rural, island, and remote locales from a place-based approach. This is a timely edited collection, addressing themes that are receiving considerable attention in Canada and internationally as local communities, scholars, researchers and public policy analysts strive to better understand and apply place-based strategies in rural and remote regions. The volume and its contributors examine place-based economic development strategies, recognizing the broader and deeper significance, meanings, and attachments often associated with place and also interrogating such relationships as may exist between sense of place, cultural and social development, and environmental stewardship."-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
xi, 318 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • Research Questions and Conceptual Contexts
  • Livelihood and Poverty in Tanga Region
  • Biophysical Environment and Local Knowledge
  • Tanga's Regional History
  • Introducing the Eighteen Villages
  • Assessing Different Farm Management Practices
  • Drought, Food Shortages, and Ways of Coping
  • Local Knowledge, Sustainability Science.
Tanga Region, Tanzania, is an area of persistent rural poverty with a long history of drought, floods, food shortages, famine, and social and economic disruption. Though farmers have been cultivating the land there for hundreds of years, they have consistently been unable to supply adequate food for the region's inhabitants. In "Challenging Nature", Philip Porter examines eighteen farming communities to understand what the farmers there know about their environment and which historical and economic factors play into the lack of food security. Porter first began work on this project in 1972, asking 250 farmers in the region about life history, environmental and agricultural changes, types of crops grown and methods of planting, environmental assessments, agricultural practices, food and water supplies, training and education, and attitudes toward nature. Twenty years later, he returned and reinterviewed as many farmers as could be found from the first survey. The result contextualizes the environmental history of the region while informing current and future agricultural development.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226675800 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
318 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xii, 96 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
71 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Green Library
256 p. : maps, ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Preface : The Power of unsustainable development : what is to be done ? / Jude L. Fernando
  • Toward just sustainability in urban communities : building equity rights with sustainable solutions / Julian Agyeman and Tom Evans
  • NGOs and production of indigenous knowledge under the condition of postmodernity / Jude L. Fernando
  • The Links between poverty and the environment in urban areas of Africa, Asia, and Latin America / David Satterthwaite
  • Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen as growth poles : regional industrial development in Thailand and its implications for urban sustainability / Jim Glassman and Chris Sneddon
  • Sustainable development and urban growth in the Argentine Pampas region / Jorge Morello, Silvia Diana Matteucci, and Andrea Rodríguez
  • Poverty, sustainability, and the culture of despair : can sustainable development strategies support poverty alleviation in America's most environmentally challenged communities ? / Amy K. Glasmeier and Tracey L. Farrigan
  • Environmental activism and social networks : campaigning for bicyles and alternative transport in West London / Simon Batterbury
  • Urbanization and the politics of land in the Manila region / Philip F. Kelly
  • Neoliberalism and nature : the case of WTO / Elaine Hartwick and Richard Peet
  • NGOs, organizational culture, and institutional sustainability / David Lewis
  • The Paradox of sustainability : reflections on NGOs in Bangladesh / Joseph Devine
  • An Innovative combination of neoliberalism and state corporatism : the case of a locally based NGO in Mexico City / Roger Magazine.
Green Library
479 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • The big picture
  • The measure of all things: an introduction to scaling
  • The simplicity, unity, and complexity of life
  • The fourth dimension of life: growth, aging, and death
  • From the Anthropocene to the Urbanocene: a planet dominated by cities
  • Prelude to a science of cities
  • Toward a science of cities
  • Consequences and predictions: from mobility and the pace of life to social connectivity, diversity, metabolism, and growth
  • Toward a science of companies
  • The vision of a grand unified theory of sustainability: accelerating treadmills, cycles of innovation, and finite time singularities.
"Visionary physicist Geoffrey West is a pioneer in the field of complexity science, the science of emergent systems and networks... Fascinated by issues of aging and mortality, West applied the rigor of a physicist to the biological question of why we live as long as we do and no longer. The result was astonishing, and changed science, creating a new understanding of energy use and metabolism: West found that despite the riotous diversity in the sizes of mammals, they are all, to a large degree, scaled versions of each other... West's work has been gaming changing for biologists, but then he made the even bolder move of exploring his work's applicability...and applied...[it] to the business and social world."-- Provided by publisher.
Green Library
218 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library


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