Handbook of Sustainability Assessment

Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series

Edited by Angus Morrison-Saunders, School of Science, Edith Cowan University, Australia, Research Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North West University, South Africa and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, University of Cambridge, UK, Jenny Pope, Integral Sustainability, Australia, Research Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North West University, South Africa, and University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, UK and Alan Bond, School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, UK and Research Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, North West University, South Africa

The Handbook of Sustainability Assessment introduces the theory and practice of sustainability assessment and showcases the state-of-the-art research. The aim is to provide inspiration and guidance to students, academics and practitioners alike and to contribute to the enhancement of sustainability assessment practice worldwide. It emphasises how traditional impact assessment practices can be enhanced to contribute to sustainable outcomes. Featuring original contributions from leading sustainability assessment researchers and practitioners, it forms part of the Research Handbooks on Impact Assessment series.

‘Following on from their 2013 book, Sustainability Assessment: Pluralism, Practice and Progress, the authors are rapidly establishing themselves as lead authorities on this subject. Their new Handbook of Sustainability Assessment has many strengths. It brings together the latest research from leading experts from many parts of the world. It provides a valuable mix of conceptual work, practical applications and relevant techniques, and reflects on effectiveness in practice. In particular, as summarized by one of the many learned contributors, this Handbook marks a watershed between the end of the early life of applications and research initiatives in sustainability assessment and the beginning of many new possibilities. All these strengths make this book essential reading for both researchers and practitioners.’
– John Glasson, Oxford Brookes University, UK

‘In a single volume the authors have succeeded in capturing the essential background, and cutting-edge thinking around the theory and practice of sustainability assessment. This is a timely and much needed contribution to an emerging field that has seen a proliferation of definitions and frameworks. It provides an indispensable resource for policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and students who are grappling with understanding the broad and complex terrain that this form of assessment covers. It should make an important contribution to directing decision-making towards sustainability.’
– Theo Hacking, University of Cambridge, UK

The variety of approaches to sustainability assessment as well as the contextually adapted approaches offered by modulating scale, decision-making level and discourse are a testimony to the diversity of sustainability assessment practice. Arguably, this book is both an introduction to sustainability assessment, a source of inspiration and a compilation of the state-of-the art. But to many scholars and practitioners, it will also be a goldmine of information regarding future research tracks, enduring challenges and new, innovative research questions regarding sustainability assessment.’
– Jean Hugé, Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal

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