The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability


The Elgar Companion to Geography, Transdisciplinarity and Sustainability

9781786430090 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Fausto O. Sarmiento, Department of Geography, University of Georgia and Larry M. Frolich, Department of Natural Sciences, Miami Dade College, Florida, US
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78643 009 0 Extent: 448 pp
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.

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Offering a cutting-edge, transdisciplinary approach to biophysical and biocultural 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 lifescape 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 effecting human geographies around the world.
Critical Acclaim
‘This Elgar Companion offers a long-awaited combination of geography and sustainability, where the notions of time and scale are brought together with the concept of intra- and inter-generational equity, and the need to underlay this with a transdisciplinary scientific approach that goes way beyond scientific disciplines.’
– Hans Hurni, University of Bern, Switzerland

‘Crossing and connecting a variety of disciplines and scales, from the smallest to the largest, from the most peripheral to the most urban settings, this book is a must for everyone interested in modern geography.’
– Andrea Fischer, Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria
Contributors: B. Antaki, J. Balsiger, A. Barreau, S. Boillat, B. Boley, A. Borsdorf, F. Boyer, J.B. Campbell, R. Cheddadi, T.J. Christoffel, B. Debarbieux , M.E. Donoso-Correa, N. Dudley, W. Dunbar, F. Ficetola, L. François, L.M. Frolich, J.A. González, E. Guevara, A. Haller, A. Hambuckers, C.P. Harden, D. Harmon, A.-J. Henrot, S.L. Hitchner, G.A. Holdridge, J.T. Ibarra, K. Ichikawa, E.A. Macdonald, C. Marchant, C.F. Mena, A. Michaels, C. Monterrubio-Solís, E. Müller, M. Navarro, H. Norberg-Hodge, M. Nourelbait, 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, F.M. Zimmermann, S. Zimmermann-Janschitz


List of contributors viii
Introduction: the scale of sustainability—the limiting universe where everything
and nothing is sustainable 1
Larry M. Frolich, Esmeralda Guevara and Fausto O. Sarmiento

1 Packing transdisciplinary critical geography amidst sustainability of
mountainscapes 15
Fausto O. Sarmiento
2 A binary South to North world: the geography of sustainability for a
high-energy, urbanizing, digitalized human species 31
Esmeralda Guevara and Larry M. Frolich
3 Sustainable development and the concept of scale 49
Bernard Debarbieux and J.rg Balsiger
4 Multidisciplinary approaches for conservation issues 67
Rachid Cheddadi, Fausto O. Sarmiento, Alain Hambuckers, Ali Rhoujjati,
Pierre Taberlet, Francesco Ficetola, Alexandra-Jane Henrot, Louis Fran.ois,
Fr.d.ric Boyer and Majda Nourelbait
5 The dance of sustainability: a call to engage geographers in local- and
global-scale research 79
Carol P. Harden
6 Sustainability and globalization 93
Helena Norberg-Hodge
7 The climate framework in sustainability research: a geographic critique from
the Global South 110
Kenneth R. Young

8 Why sustainability matters in geography 117
Friedrich M. Zimmermann and Susanne Zimmermann-Janschitz
9 Urban montology: mountain cities as transdisciplinary research focus 140
Axel Borsdorf and Andreas Haller
10 The Satoyama Initiative for landscape/seascape sustainability 155
William Dunbar and Kaoru Ichikawa
11 A biocultural ethic for sustainable geographies 172
Ricardo Rozzi
12 Values in place: protected areas as a geography of commitment 190
David Harmon

13 Regenerative development as natural solution for sustainability 201
Eduard Müller
14 Sustainable relationships and ecological authenticity 219
Nigel Dudley
15 Feeding futures framed: rediscovering biocultural diversity in sustainable
foodscapes 235
Genevieve A. Holdridge, Fausto O. Sarmiento, Suzanne E. Pilaar Birch,
Bynum Boley, James K. Reap, Eric A. Macdonald, Mar.a Navarro,
Sarah L. Hitchner and John W. Schelhas
16 Sustainable urbanism or amenity migration fad: critical analysis of urban
planning of Cuenca cityscapes, Ecuador 252
Mario E. Donoso-Correa and Fausto O. Sarmiento

17 Land cover and land use change in an emerging national park gateway region:
implications for mountain sustainability 270
Lynn M. Resler, Yang Shao, James B. Campbell and Amanda Michaels
18 Listening to the campesinos : sustaining rural livelihoods in the tropical Andes 293
Christoph Stadel
19 Decolonizing ecological knowledge: transdisciplinary ecology, place making
and cognitive justice in the Andes 307
S.bastien Boillat
20 Cultural sustainability and notions of cultural heritage: a review with some
reference to an Asian perspective 320
Ken Taylor
21 Threats to sustainability in the Galapagos Islands: a social–ecological
perspective 342
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 359
Steve Padgett-Vasquez
23 Andean indigenous foodscapes: food security and food sovereignty in
mountains’ sustainability scenarios 378
Juan A. Gonz.lez and Fausto O. Sarmiento

24 Montology: an integrative understanding of mountain foodscapes for
strengthening food sovereignty in the Andes 391
Jos. Tom.s Ibarra, Antonia Barreau, Carla Marchant, Juan A. Gonz.lez,
Manuel Oliva, Mario E. Donoso-Correa, Berea Antaki,
Constanza Monterrubio-Sol.s and Fausto O. Sarmiento
25 Sustainability: Cooperation Industry Earth 2300 – “Think local planet,
act regionally” 406
Thomas J. Christoffel

26 Sustainability thinking: the road ahead 415
Fausto O. Sarmiento and Larry M. Frolich

Index 419
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