Methods for Sustainability Research


Methods for Sustainability Research

9781786432728 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Janette Hartz-Karp and Dora Marinova, Professors of Sustainability, Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, Curtin University, Australia
Publication Date: 2017 ISBN: 978 1 78643 272 8 Extent: 352 pp
This book offers a collection of methods and approaches aimed at resolving some of humanity’s most pressing problems on a local and global level. Many of the methods are practical, with straightforward application and demonstrated positive outcomes whilst others are more visionary. Important for transitioning to a more sustainable world, these methods allow for the constructive challenging of existing western development and governance.

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This book offers a collection of methods and approaches aimed at resolving some of humanity’s most pressing problems on a local and global level. Many of the techniques are practical, with straightforward application and demonstrated positive outcomes, while others are more visionary. Important for transitioning to a more sustainable world, these methods allow for the constructive challenging of existing Western development and governance.

The four specific areas covered are: increasing the sustainability of cities, improving governance for sustainability, transitioning to more sustainable economies and encouraging sustainable living. Designing methodologies for change requires competence and knowledge, combined with courage to experiment and willingness to address a challenge. This book provides much-needed methodological solutions, which will have direct implications for the way policies are developed and decisions are made. It challenges many established notions and practices, such as democracy, innovation, urban planning, community participation and marketing.

Innovative and creative, the approaches described in this book will be of particular interest to those at the frontier of knowledge development. With 30 contributors from 12 countries, the book will appeal to a global readership, including academics, professionals, practitioners, policy-makers, activists, civil society and anyone interested in sustainability.
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‘This sustainability methods book is both practical and visionary, eclectic in some areas such as governance, and in-depth in others – such as sustainable cities. It includes innovative methods – tried and proven successful in different fields – but new to the field of sustainability; e.g., sortition, deliberative democracy and participatory budgeting. It covers areas rarely considered by sustainability aficionados, such as sustainable land grazing, food security, international security, ethical economics and entrepreneurship at micro and macro levels. The “sustainability cosmos” presented in the introduction succinctly frames the breadth and depth of the methods that follow. This is a book that needs to be read far more broadly than by an academic audience. It will also be of practical and provocative interest to the broad range of sustainability practitioners, activists, governments and others in civil society.’
– Lyn Carson, newDemocracy Foundation, Australia
Contributors: G. Allegretti, T. Atlee, A. Blinov, D. Bogueva, T. Bouricius, G. Burke, J. Byrne, P. Devereux, C. Eon, D. Galloway, L. Gorissen, X. Guo, J. Hartz-Karp, C. Hendrigan, K. Holmes, J. Hong, J. Kenworthy, D. Marinova, M. Marinova, A. Matan, P. Newman, L. Peral, S. Petrova, J. Pope, T. Raphaely, E. Safonov, L. Stocker, V. Todorov, R. Weymouth, S. White


1. Transport priorities shaping the urban fabric: new methods and tools
Peter Newman

2. Methods to enable walkability
Annie Matan

3. The good, the bad and the ugly in urban transport: comparing global cities for dependence on the automobile
Jeff R. Kenworthy

4. Methods to enable residential building sustainability: integrating and evaluating energy, water, materials and liveability
Christine Eon and Josh Byrne

5. Three models at three scales on the pillars of sustainability
Cole Hendrigen

6. A new methodological framework for improving sustainability and climate change governance
Laura Stocker and Gary Burke

7. Deliberative democracy–democratic renewal capable of addressing sustainability
Janette Hartz-Karp and and Rob Weymouth

8. Sortition: Envisaging a new form of democracy that enables decision-making for long term sustainability
Terrill Bouricius

9. Sustainability assessment: A governance mechanism for sustainability
Jenny Pope and Svetla Petrova

10. Achieving more sustainable global governance: the case of the Responsibility to Protect
Luis Peral

11. The role of transition initiatives in urban sustainability
Janette Hartz-Karp and Leen Gorissen

12. Principles of ethical economics: A basis for transition to sustainability
Dora Marinova, Vladislav Todorov, Andrey Blinov and Evgenii Safonov

13. Participatory budgeting: a methodological approach to address sustainability challenges
Giovanni Allegretti and Janette Hartz-Karp

14. Understanding innovation for sustainability
Dora Marinova, Jin Hong, Vladislav Todorov and Xiumei Guo

15. A systemic framework for entrepreneurship and sustainability
Simon White

16. Volunteerism: a crosscutting and relational method to achieve the sustainable development goals
Peter Devereux, Laura Stocker and Kirsten Holmes

17. Restoring the rangelands
David Galloway

18. Sustainability social marketing
Diana Bogueva, Talia Raphaely, Dora Marinova and Mira Marinova

19. Public wisdom – the key to sustainability
Tom Atlee

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