An Introduction to Sustainability: Environmental, Social and Personal Perspectives

An Introduction to Sustainability: Environmental, Social and Personal Perspectives

by Martin Mulligan

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Overview

An Introduction to Sustainability provides students with a comprehensive overview of the key concepts and ideas which are encompassed within the growing field of sustainability.

The fully updated second edition, including new figures and images, teases out the diverse but intersecting domains of sustainability and emphasises strategies for action. Aimed at those studying the subject for the first time, it is unique in giving students from different disciplinary backgrounds a coherent framework and set of core principles for applying broad sustainability principles within their own personal and professional lives. These include: working to improve equality within and across generations; moving from consumerism to quality of life goals; and respecting diversity in both nature and culture.

Areas of emerging importance such as the economics of prosperity and wellbeing stand alongside core topics including:

· Energy and society

· Consumption and consumerism

· Risk and resilience

· Waste, water and land.

Key challenges and applications are explored through international case studies, and each chapter includes a thematic essay drawing on diverse literature to provide an integrated introduction to fundamental issues.

Housed on the Routledge Sustainability Hub, the book’s companion website contains a range of features to engage students with the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability. Together these resources provide a wealth of material for learning, teaching and researching the topic of sustainability.

This textbook is an essential companion to any sustainability course.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781315519432
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/12/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 855,595
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Martin Mulligan is associate professor, senior lecturer in the Sustainability and Urban Planning teaching programme, and senior researcher within the Centre for Urban Research in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (GUSS) at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Biography of a concept

Chapter 3 Consumption and consumerism

Chapter 4 Global challenges as wicked problems

Chapter 5 Energy and society Anthony Richardson and Martin Mulligan

Chapter 6 Sustainability models and concepts

Chapter 7 Risk and Resilience

Chapter 8 Environmental Dimensions of Sustainability

Chapter 9 Social Dimensions of Sustainability

Chapter 10 Personal Dimensions

Chapter 11 Taking action

Chapter 12 Introduction to assessment and monitoring tools

Chapter 13 Focusing on water

Chapter 14 Food and agriculture Mel Neave and Martin Mulligan

Chapter 15 The Urban Challenge Michael Buxton and Martin Mulligan

Chapter 16 Rethinking waste Ruth Lane and Martin Mulligan

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