Sustainability is a key word in the environmental vocabulary informing how research projects in the social sciences are framed. This book provides a systematic and critical review of the key research methods used when studying sustainable strategies and outcomes. It is divided into four areas:

Social Groups and Collective Decision-making: Focus group Approaches

Social Groups and Collective Decision-making: Focus group Approaches

Social groups and collective decision-making: focus group approaches
Anna Davies


Those seeking to influence policy for sustainability, as outlined in the landmark document Agenda 21, published as part of the suite of statements emanating from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, have long argued that greater participation of a wide spectrum of social groups in decision making is essential to promote more sustainable development (Macnaghten and Jacobs, 1997):

The broadest public participation and the active involvement of the non-governmental organizations and other groups should also be encouraged. (Agenda 21, Chapter 1, Preamble, Paragraph 3)

It is imperative that youth from all parts of the world participate actively in all relevant levels of decision-making processes because it affects their lives today ...

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