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1 online resource (xxix, 299 pages)
  • The other road to serfdom
  • Friedrich Hayek, socialist, and his fallacy of the excluded middle
  • What "sustainability" is
  • Oil, economic theory, and the moral culpability of a discipline
  • The economics textbook that just might save civilization
  • Getting over GDP
  • Industrial civilization as a pyramid scheme
  • The financial crisis is the environmental crisis
  • The battle over the environmental Kuznets curve
  • Revisiting "the bet that ruined the world"
  • Freakonomist cheap shots Jane Fonda
  • Got terrorism? Blame economists
  • Ending the culture war
  • On the Oklahoma abortion laws, SUVs, and climate justice
  • What green might bring.
Our planet is finite. Our political and economic systems were designed for an infinite planet. These difficult truths anchor the perceptive analysis offered in The Other Road to Serfdom and the Path to Sustainable Democracy. With wit, energy, and a lucid prose style, Eric Zencey identifies the key elements of "infinite planet" thinking that underlie our economics and our politics-and shows how they must change. Zencey's title evokes F. A. Hayek, who argued that any attempt to set overall limits to free markets-any attempt at centralized planning-is "the road to serfdom." But Hayek's argument works only if the planet is infinite. If Hayek is right that planning and democracy are irreducibly in conflict, Zencey argues, then on a finite planet, "free markets operated on infinite planet principles are just the other road to serfdom." The alternative is ecological economics, an emergent field that accepts limits to what humans can accomplish economically on a finite planet. Zencey explains this new school of thought and applies it to current political and economic concerns: the financial collapse, terrorism, population growth, hunger, the energy and oil industry's social control, and the deeply rooted dissatisfactions felt by conservative "values" voters who have been encouraged to see smaller government and freer markets as the universal antidote. What emerges is a coherent vision, a progressive and hopeful alternative to neoconservative economic and political theory-a foundation for an economy that meets the needs of the 99% and just might help save civilization from ecological and political collapse.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781584659617 20180521
1 online resource (ix, 102 pages) : illustrations.
  • Chapter 1. Prologue.- Chapter 2. Greens - the obvious choice over the grays?.- The Green indexes.- Greens and Grays in the Indian market.- Green and the gray: a comparative approach in terms of risk and return.- Are the green portfolios inherently unstable? A look into possible non-linearity of portfolio returns.- How shock-proof the green portfolios are: a survival analysis.- Factors affecting Financial stress: Greens versus Grays.- Are the greens obvious choice over the greys? -Some remarks.- Chapter 3. Profits are Forever: A Green Momentum Strategy Perspective.- Beating the market - end of an myth?.- Technical Trading Rules: A Review of the Alternative Methodologies.- Optimal Trading Rules.- Does green really rule the others? A bird's eye perspective.- Chapter 4. Epilogue.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9788132220251 20161213
This book seeks to answer the essential question of the investment-worthiness of green instruments. It is evident that investing in green and energy-efficient firms will be the most profitable choice for wise investors in the years to come. The reconciliation of the social choice for green technology and investors' choice for gray technology will be automatically achieved once green firms become more profitable than gray ones, in the Indian context. As there has been very little research done in this area, especially in the Indian context, this book addresses that gap. In order to do so, it follows the development of five different portfolios consisting of 100% green, 75% green-25% gray, 50% green-50% gray, 25% green-75% gray and 100% gray stocks, and attempts to answer questions such as: Do green portfolios entail less relative own-risk as compared to their gray counterparts? How effectively do green portfolios avoid market risk? Are green portfolios inherently more stable? Do green portfolios have a higher probability of surviving a financial crisis? Is the performance of green portfolios backed by their fundamentals? Is there any particular technical trading strategy that can ensure a consistently above-average return from these portfolios?
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9788132220251 20161213
1 online resource (xxv, 322 pages) : illustrations (some color).
  • Collaboration for Sustainability and Innovation in the Global South: A Cross-Border, Multi-stakeholder Perspective / Diego A. Vazquez-Brust, Joseph Sarkis and James J. Cordeiro
  • Challenges of Cross-Border Collaboration: Knowledge Networks for Innovation and Sustainability in the Global South / Cecilia Hidalgo and Claudia E. Natenzon
  • The Role of Expatriates in Cross-Subsidiary Collaboration / Minori Kusumoto
  • The Roles of First and Second Tier Suppliers in Greening International Supply Chains / Chao-Min Liu, Diego A. Vazquez-Brust and Joseph Sarkis
  • Cross-Border Innovation in South-North Fair Trade Supply Chains: The Opportunities and Problems of Integrating Fair Trade Governance into Northern Public Procurement / Alastair M. Smith
  • Transboundary Conservation Through Hybrid Partnerships: A Comparative Analysis of Forest Projects / Saleem H. Ali
  • Multi-stakeholder International Governance Initiatives: Addressing the Challenges of ASM Sector in Ghana / Natalia Yakovleva and Diego A. Vazquez-Brust
  • Implementing a Developing Country's Global Environmental Commitments: Industry Perspectives on Potential Pollution Prevention Programs in Bangladesh / Asadul Hoque, Amelia Clarke and Adriane MacDonald
  • Technology Adaptation and Assimilation of Takakura for Promoting Environmental Protection in Surabaya (Indonesia) Through City Level Cooperation / Tonni Agustiono Kurniawan and Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira
  • Collaboration and Partnership in the Context of Indian CSR: The Global Compact Local Network and the I4D Project / Jorge A. Arevalo
  • Innovation, Investment, Enterprise: Generating Sustainable Livelihood at Grassroots Through Honey Bee Philosophy / Anil K. Gupta
  • Fantasías 2.0 : Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion in the South Through Collective Storytelling / María Florencia Ripani
  • Innovative Sustainable Partnership Between UNESP and a Rural Community: The Bamboo Project / Marco Antônio dos Reis Pereira, Rosane Aparecida Gomes Battistelle and charbel José Chiappetta Jabbour
  • "The Biofuels Program": Decreasing Rural Poverty and Environmental Deterioration Through Cooperative Land-Use Innovation / Clovis Zapata, Diego A. Vazquez-Brust, José Plaza-Ubeda and Jerónimo de-Burgos-Jiménez
  • Eco-Innovation at the "Bottom of the Pyramid" / Mario Pansera and Richard Owen.
  • Chapter 1: Collaboration for Sustainability and Innovation in the Global South: A cross-border, multi-stakeholder perspective
  • Chapter 2: Challenges of cross-border collaboration: knowledge networks for innovation and sustainability in the Global South
  • Chapter 3: The role of expatriates in cross-subsidiary collaboration
  • Chapter 4: The roles of first and second tier suppliers in Greening International Supply Chains
  • Chapter 5: Cross-Border Innovation in South-North Fair Trade Supply Chains: The opportunities and problems of integrating fair trade governance into northern public procurement
  • Chapter 6: Transboundary Conservation through hybrid partnerships: a comparative analysis of forest projects
  • Chapter 7: Multi-stakeholder international governance initiatives: Addressing the challenges of ASM sector in Ghana
  • Chapter 8: Implementing a Developing Country's Global Environmental Commitments: Industry Perspectives on Potential Pollution Prevention Programs in Bangladesh
  • Chapter 9: Technology Adaptation and Assimilation of Takakura for Promoting Environmental Protection in Surabaya (Indonesia) through City Level Cooperation
  • Chapter 10: Collaboration and Partnership in the Context of Indian CSR: The Global Compact Local Network and the I4D Project
  • Chapter 11: Innovation, Investment, Enterprise: Generating Sustainable Livelihood at Grassroots through Honey Bee philosophy
  • Chapter 12: Fantasias 2.0: Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion in the South through Collective Storytelling
  • Chapter 13: Innovative Sustainable Partnership between UNESP and a rural community: the Bamboo Project
  • Chapter 14: "The Biofuels Program": Decreasing rural poverty and environmental deterioration through cooperative land-use innovation
  • Chapter 15: Eco-innovation at the "Bottom of the Pyramid."
A number of arguments are made by an international group of authors in this though provoking book about an understudied and socially important context. A future in which financial wealth transfers across the North-South divide from richer to poorer countries is far from sufficient for the relief of poverty and the pursuit of sustainability. Caution must be taken when growth is achieved through the liquidation of the natural wealth of poorer nations, in order to maintain a global economic status quo. Neither poverty reduction nor sustainability will ultimately be achieved. The financial collapse and social upheaval that might result will make the most recent economic downturn look trivial by comparison. What is more urgently needed instead, as argued in this book, is collaboration for sustainability and innovation in the global South, especially building on models originally developed in the South that are transferable to the North. In pursuit of a sustainable and more equitable future, the book examines such topics as Cross-Border Innovation in South-North Fair Trade Supply Chains; Potential Pollution Prevention Programs in Bangladesh; Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion in the South through Collective Storytelling and Eco-innovation at the "Bottom of the Pyramid". Many of these stories and have not been told and need greater visibility. The book contributes in a meaningfully to the discussion of how innovation and sustainability science can benefit both sides in South-North innovation collaborations. It provides useful introduction to the topics, as well as valuable critiques and best practices. This back-and-forth flow of ideas and innovation is itself new and promising in the modern pursuit of a fair and sustainable future for all regions of our planet.
1 online resource (xii, 403 pages) : illustrations (some color)
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 Companion modelling: a method of adaptive and participatory research
  • Chapter 2 The commodian stance: interpersonal skills and expertise
  • Chapter 3 Models for sharing representations
  • Chapter 4 Contexts and dependencies in ComMod processes
  • Chapter 5 Power asymmetries in companion modelling processes
  • Chapter 6 Assessment and monitoring of the effects of the ComMod approach
  • Chapter 7 How do participants view the technologies used in companion modelling
  • Chapter 8 ComMod: engaged research's contribution to sustainable development
  • Chapter 9 Learning about interdependencies and dynamics
  • Chapter 10 The companion modelling approach, changing scales and multiple levels of organization
  • Chapter 11 Transferring the ComMod approach
  • Conclusion
  • Companion modelling: an adaptive approach?
  • Appendix
  • Descriptions of 27 case studies
  • Description of games and models used in the companion modelling process
  • References
  • List of authors. ỹ
Sustainable development, including how to involve stakeholders in deciding the future for the land where they live or work, is a crucial current issue. However, the meanings given to both terms - development and sustainable - are so diverse and controversial that a clear methodology is required to establish participatory approaches for the management of renewable natural resources. Companion modelling is one such approach. It is unique in its continuing involvement of stakeholders throughout the approach, the use of models as a way of eliciting representations of the issues at stake and the priority given to the collaborative understanding of the outputs from these models. The book introduces the companion modelling approach by presenting the stance that underpins it, the methods and tools used with stakeholders and the specific role of models during the process. It addresses the means to deal with the different levels of decision-making and to take into account the various power relationships. It proposes a methodology to assess the impact of the approach on the stakeholders involved in the process. The book includes 27 case studies and 7 teaching tools that describe the successful use of the approach in a variety of settings or teaching contexts. It is intended for researchers working on rural development or renewable resources management, as well as students and teachers.
1 online resource.
  • Part I. Introduction
  • Technologies and Partnerships / Silvia Hostettler and Jean-Claude Bolay
  • Part II. What is an Appropriate Technology?
  • The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation Policies and Instruments for a Paradigm Shift Towards Sustainable Development / Lídia Brito
  • New Vernacular Architecture as Appropriate Strategy for Housing the Poor / Sytse de Maat
  • Computerization of Medical Consultation for Children Under Five Years of Age in Rural Areas of Burkina Faso / Guillaume Deflaux, Thierry Agagliate, Jean-Etienne Durand and Pierre Yamaogo
  • Field Investigations in Cameroon Towards a More Appropriate Design of a Renewable Energy Pico Hydro System for Rural Electrification / Bryan Ho-Yan, William David Lubitz, Cornelia Ehlers and Johannes Hertlein
  • Ensuring Appropriateness of Biogas Sanitation Systems for Prisons: Analysis from Rwanda, Nepal and the Philippines / Christian Riuji Lohri, Martin Gauthier, Alain Oppliger and Christian Zurbrügg
  • Technologies for Smallholder Irrigation Appropriate for Whom: Promoters or Beneficiaries? / R. P. S. Malik, C. de Fraiture and Dhananjay Ray
  • Toward a New Approach for Hydrological Modeling: A Tool for Sustainable Development in a Savanna Agro-System / Theophile Mande, Natalie Ceperley, Steven V. Weijs, Alexandre Repetti and Marc B. Parlange
  • Rural Cold Storage as a Post-Harvest Technology System for Marginalized Agro-Based Communities in Developing Countries / Mahesh Neupane, Richard Opoku, Anju Sharma, Rabindra Adhikari, Jay Krishna Thakur and Manoj Kafle
  • Iron-Catalyzed Low Cost Solar Activated Process for Drinking Water Disinfection in Colombian Rural Areas / Cristina Ruales-Lonfat, Angélica Varón López, José Fernando Barona [and 3 others]
  • Appropriate Technology for Household Energy Access: The Case of the Centrafricain Stove in the Logone Valley (Chad, Cameroon) / Francesco Vitali and Mentore Vaccari
  • Part II. How to Ensure an Integrated Sustainable Development?
  • Towards Sustainable Integrated Development? Partnerships and Systems / Martin Dahinden
  • Innovation in Multi-Actor Partnerships: A Waste Management Initiative in Vietnam / David Christensen
  • Instrumental Participation in Serbia: Online Platform for the Dialogue about Public Spaces, Their Availability and Public Usage / Marija Cvetinović and Dobrica Veselinović
  • Towards Sustainable Urban Livelihoods and Poverty Reduction in Gaza: The Role of Partnership and Appropriate Technology / Al Moataz Hassan and Maysara El-Essy
  • Integrated Design Charrettes for Sustainable Development in India's Soaring Building Sector / Pierre Jaboyedoff, Kira Cusack, Sameer Maithel, Kanagaraj Ganeshan, Saswati Chetia and Prashant Bhanware
  • Effect of Participation in ICT-Based Market Information Services on Transaction Costs and Household Income Among Smallholder Farmers in Malawi / Samson P. Katengeza, Julius J. Okello, Edouard R. Mensah and Noel Jambo
  • Participatory Processes in Urban Planning Projects in China: The Example of Caoyang Village, Shanghai / Abigaïl-Laure Kern and Jean-Claude Bolay
  • On Fast Transition Between Shelters and Housing After Natural Disasters in Developing Regions / Gary S. Prinz, Alain Nussbaumer
  • Part IV. Technology Transfer or Co-Creation? Knowledge Sharing and Empowerment
  • Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development / Luc Soete
  • Appropriate Technology to Reduce Risks and Protect Assets: An Example from Development Cooperation in Bangladesh / Nicole Clot
  • Academic Cooperation to Foster Research and Advocacy Competences in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (West Bank) / François Golay, Stefan Ziegler, Nicole Harari, Béatrice Métaireau, Claudio Carneiro and Martin Schuler
  • Fog Collection Technology Transfer and Co-Creation Projects in Falda Verde, Chile and Tojquia, Guatemala / Fernanda Rojas, Virginia Carter and Melissa Rosato
  • Role of Village Resource Centers in Technology Diffusion and Development / C. S. Shaijumon and Satheesh Menon.
Whilst scientific research can be crucial in guiding innovation and development throughout the world, it can be too detached from real world applications, particularly in developing and emerging countries. Technologies for Sustainable Development brings together the best 20 papers from the 2012 Conference of the EPFL-UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development with the aim to explore and discuss ways to link scientific research with development practices to assist practitioners and reply directly to social needs. In order for technologies to be adopted it is not sufficient that they are low cost and affordable but also socially, culturally and environmentally accepted by the intended users. Technologies for Sustainable Development aims to explore and answer the following three questions: * What is an appropriate technology? * How can we ensure a sustainable, integrated development? * What are the conditions for co-creation and transfer of such technologies? Focusing on the importance of improving working relationships between stakeholders; researchers and decision-makers; between scientists and industrial sectors; between academics and the population; Technologies for Sustainable Development opens a dialogue necessary to create and implement the best solutions adapted to social demands.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319006383 20160612
1 online resource (xxii, 295 pages) : illustrations.
  • Preface
  • Theory, Compilation and Measurement of Human Green Development Index (HGDI)
  • Human Green Development Index (HGDI) Indicator Interpretation
  • Appendix and Attached Tables.
This exhaustive survey assesses the performance of the United Nations and its member states in all key areas, at the same time as laying down a road map for sustainable development in the future. Deploying the Human Green Development Index as a new metric for an era in which human survival is intimately dependent on the viability of the Earth as a clean and sustainable habitat, the report showcases a vast array of data, including HGDI indicators for more than 120 nations. It provides a detailed and comparative rationale for the selection of data for the 12 goals and 54 HGDI targets, which cover human and global needs into the future. The index measures 12 Sustainable Development Goals, based on but also extending the eight Millennium Development Goals defined in 2000. The SDGs, proposed by a high-level UN panel, will supersede MDGs in 2015. They focus on ending poverty, achieving gender equality, providing quality education for all, helping people live healthy lives, securing sustainable energy use, and creating jobs offering sustainable livelihoods. They also work towards equitable growth, stable and peaceful societies, greater efficiency in governance, and closer international cooperation. With indicators covering everything from air particulates to percentage of threatened animal species in a nation?s total, and informed by the latest research (with inequality-adjusted metrics for amenities such as education and healthcare), this comprehensive study offers readers not only a wealth of valuable core data, but also a well-argued rationale for using the HGDI. In today?s world, we cannot view our development as being distinct from, and unaffected by, that of the Earth we inhabit, or that of our planetary cohabitees.
1 online resource (xi, 84 pages) : illustrations (some color).
  • Context and overview of environment and development economics
  • Models and frameworks
  • Traditional and modern pollution
  • Livelihoods and the Commons
  • Complex Ecology
  • Global public goods
  • Sustainable development and institutions.
This brief views the environment through diverse lenses -- those of standard economics, institutional economics, political science, environmental science and ecology. Chapter 2 discusses diverse theoretical and statistical models? constrained optimization models, game theory, differential equations, and statistical models for causal inference? in a simple manner. Developing countries have certain distinct environmental problems -- traditional pollution and traditional dependence on the commons. While chapters 3 and 4 discuss these specific problems, statistical graphs of the World Development Indicators explore the macro-context of developing countries in chapter 1. Chapter 5 examines ecological systems, which are nonlinear and unpredictable, and subject to sudden regime shifts. Chapter 6 deals with the global challenges of climate change and biological invasions. The last chapter discusses sustainable development and institutions. The brief explains these topics simply; mathematics is largely confined to an appendix. The broad treatment and simple exposition will appeal to students new to the field of economics. The extension of core economic models in diverse directions will also be of interest to economists looking for a different treatment of the subject.


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