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The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability

Edited by Fausto O. Sarmiento, Department of Geography, University of Georgia and Larry M. Frolich, Miami Dade College, Wolfson, US
With contributions from top geographers, this Companion frames sustainability as exemplar of transdisciplinary science (critical geography) while improving future scenarios, debating perspectives between rich North/poor South, modern urban/backwards rural, and everything in between. The Companion has five sections that carry the reader from foundational considerations to integrative trends, to resources use and accommodation, to examples highlighting non-traditional pathways, to a postscript about cooperation of the industrialized Earth and a prognosis of the road ahead for the new geographies of sustainability.
Extent: c 496 pp
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Publication Date: May 2020
ISBN: 978 1 78643 009 0
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Offering a cutting-edge, transdisciplinary approach to bio-physical and bio-cultural scales of sustainability, this Companion explores diverse understandings of the what, how, why and where questions of sustainability. It examines the key notion of how to optimize human quality of life whilst minimizing environmental suffering.

Integrating a range of disciplines through the social sciences, natural sciences and arts and humanities, this Companion focuses on the human component of sustainability, using a place-based and life-scape approach to environmental questions. Chapters analyze critical topics including: urbanization and city life, environmental conservation and rural landscapes, long-term interactions with natural life, climate change and the importance of mountain regions. Looking beyond an economic analysis of sustainability and well-being, this Companion incorporates cross-cutting social, cultural, judicial and spiritual dimensions of sustainability and regenerative development.

With a combination of international case studies and an interdisciplinary framework for understanding the topic, this will be an interesting read for those studying sustainability from a range of disciplinary bases including ecological economists, human ecologists and geographers. It will also be beneficial to urban planners and ecologists interested in how the profoundly impactful evolutionary trend towards the urban environment is impacting human geographies around the world.
Contributors include: B. Antaki, J. Balsiger, A. Barreau, S. Boillat, B. Boley, A. Borsdorf, F. Boyer, M. Bush, J.B. Campbell, M. Carré, T.J. Christoffel, R. Cheddadi, B. Debarbieux , M.E. Donoso-Correa, N. Dudley, W. Dunbar, F. Ficetola, L. François, L.M. Frolich, E. Guevara, J.A. González, A. Haller, C.P. Harden, D. Harmon, A.-J. Henrot, S.L. Hitchner, G.A. Holdridge, K. Huang, J.T. Ibarra, K. Ichikawa, E.A. Macdonald, C. Mena, C. Merchant, A. Michaels, C. Monterrubio-Solís, E. Müller, M. Navarro, H. Norberg-Hodge, M. Oliva, S. Padgett-Vasquez, S.E. Pilaar Birch, D. Quiroga, J.K. Reap, L.M. Resler, A. Rhoujjati, R. Rozzi, F.O. Sarmiento, J.W. Schelhas, Y. Shao, C. Stadel, P. Taberlet, K. Taylor, S.J. Walsh, K.R. Young, Z. Zheng, F.M. Zimmermann, S. Zimmermann-Janschitz



Part I Foundational Binaries of Geography and Sustainability
1. Packing transdisciplinary critical geography amidst sustainability of mountainscapes.
Fausto O. Sarmiento

2. A binary South to North world: The geography of sustainability for a high-energy, urbanizing human species.
Esmeralda Guevara and Larry M. Frolich

3. Sustainable Development and the Concept of Scale.
Bernard Debarbieux and Jörg Balsiger

4. Multidisciplinary approaches for conservation issues
Rachid Cheddadi, Fausto O. Sarmiento, Ali Rhoujjati, Pierre Taberlet, Francesco Ficetola, Alexandra-Jane Henrot, Louis François and Frédéric Boyer

5. The dance of sustainability: A call to engage geographers in local- and global-scale research.
Carol P. Harden

6. Sustainability and Globalization.
Helena Norberg-Hodge

7. The climate framework in sustainability research: a geographic critique from the global south.
Kenneth R. Young

Part II Integration of Disciplinary Development for Sustainability
8. Why Sustainability Matters in Geography?
Friedrich M. Zimmermann and Susanne Zimmermann-Janschitz

9. Urban Montology: Mountain Cities as Transdisciplinary Research Focus.
Axel Borsdorf and Andreas Haller

10. The Satoyama Initiative for landscape/seascape sustainability.
William Dunbar and Kaoru Ichikawa

11. A Biocultural Ethic For Sustainable Geographies.
Ricardo Rozzi

12. Values in place: Protected Areas as a Geography of Commitment.
David Harmon

Part III Resource Exploitation and Cycling of Accommodation
13. Regenerative development as natural solution for sustainability.
Eduard Muller

14. Sustainable relationships and ecological authenticity.
Nigel Dudley

15. Feeding Futures Framed: Rediscovering Biocultural Diversity in Sustainable Foodscapes.
Genevieve A. Holdridge, Suzanne E. Pilaar-Birch, Bynum Boley, James K. Reap, Eric A. Macdonald, Maria Navarro, Sarah L. Hitchner and John W. Schelhas

16. Sustainable urbanism or fade amenity migration: Critical analysis of urban planning of Cuenca cityscapes, Ecuador.
Mario E. Donoso-Correa and Fausto O. Sarmiento

Part IV Country Examples: Non-Traditional Actors/TEK
17. Land Cover and Land Use Change in an Emerging National Park Gateway Region: Implications for Mountain Sustainability.
Lynn M. Resler, Yang Shao, James B. Campbell and Amanda Michaels

18. Listening to the Campesinos. Sustaining Rural Livelihoods in the Tropical Andes.
Christoph Stadel

19. Decolonizing ecological knowledge: transdisciplinary ecology, place making and cognitive justice in the Andes
Sébastien Boillat

20. Cultural Sustainability and Notions of Cultural Heritage : a review with some reference to an Asian perspective.
Ken Taylor

21. Threats to Sustainability in the Galapagos Islands: A Social-Ecological Perspective.
Carlos F. Mena, Diego Quiroga and Stephen J. Walsh

22. Celestial Bird’s Eye View: Tracking Forest Cover Change in the Bellbird Biological Corridor of Costa Rica
Steve Padgett-Vasquez

23. Andean Indigenous Foodscapes: Food Security and Food Sovereignty in Mountains’ Sustainability Scenarios
Juan A. González and Fausto O. Sarmiento

Part V Postcript
24. Montology: Towards an Integrative Understanding of Mountain Foodscapes for Strengthening Food Sovereignty in Tropical and Temperate Andes
José Tomás Ibarra, Antonia Barreau, Carla Marchant, Juan A. González, Manuel Oliva, Mario E. Donoso-Correa, Berea Antaki, Constanza Monterrubio-Solís and Fausto O. Sarmiento

25. Sustainability: Cooperation Industry Earth 2300– Think Local Planet, Act Regionally.
Thomas J. Christoffel

26. Sustainability thinking: the road ahead
Fausto O. Sarmiento and Larry M. Frolich