The Handbook of Environment and Society focuses on the interactions between people, societies and economies, and the state of nature and the environment. Editorially integrated but written from multi-disciplinary perspectives, The Handbook of Environment and Society is organised in seven sections: - Environmental thought: past and present - Valuing the environment - Knowledges and knowing - Political economy of environmental change - Environmental technologies - Redesigning natures - Institutions and policies for influencing the environment Key themes include: locations where the environment-society relation is most acute: where, for example, there are few natural resources or where industrialization is unregulated; the discussion of these issues at different scales: local, regional, national, and global; the cost of damage to resources; and the relation between principal actors in the environment-society nexus. Aimed at an international audience of academics, research students, researchers, practitioners and policy makers, The Handbook on Environment and Society presents readers in social science and natural science with a manual of the past, present and future of environment-society links.

Faces of the Sustainability Transition

Faces of the sustainability transition


Sustainable development has become a universal phrase. It means everything, and is in danger of meaning nothing. Engineering, architecture, tourism, fashion — all carry the tag “sustainable”. Governments use it to mean “long lasting” whatever the merits of the policy they are proposing. Before long, sustainable development will split into a view promoted by “diehards” who like the rigour of its intellectual and scientific foundations, and those “modernists” who transform it into catchy and more amenable phrases such as “quality of life,” “well-being,” “social justice” and “localism”. In essence, it will narrow and blossom in the same age. My guess is that the “modernists” will win.

This chapter does not offer a comprehensive perspective on the evolution ...

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