Exploring Sustainable Development: Geographical Perspectives

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Taylor & Francis, 2013 M06 17 - 416 pages
Sustainable development is capturing the attention of planners, politicians and business leaders. Within the academic sphere its study is increasingly breaching disciplinary boundaries to become a focus of attention for natural and social scientists alike. But in studying such a key concept, it is vital that there is a clear definition of what it means, how it is applied on the ground, and the influence it exerts upon people's perceptions of change in the physical environment, economic activity and society. Exploring Sustainable Development is a major new text which provides a multifaceted introduction to key areas of study in this field, examining sustainability at the full range of spatial scales from the local to the global. Building on existing theory it demonstrates the unique contributions that thinking geographically about space, place and human-environment relationships can bring to the analysis of sustainable development. This book explores different interpretations of sustainable development in both theory and practice, in developed and developing countries, and in rural and urban areas. It pays particular attention to the local, national and international politics of implementation, the future of climate and energy, the role of business, and different conceptions of agricultural sustainability. This wide-ranging text is ideal for undergraduates and postgraduates in geography, environmental science, development studies, and related social and political sciences.

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Contents

Introduction Alan tirainv2
lN Geography and Sustainable Deyelopment Martin Porvis
The Role of Spatial Scale and Spatial Interactions
A Systems Analytical Perspectiye
The Complexity of Urban Sustainability
Mo els of ustainable and rban De elo ment
Peo le Plans
Business Capital and Sustainable Economic Development
Points of Ideological Cleavage
Lessons for the Russian Arctic
Purvis
Adaptation to Current and Future Climate Regimes
er ontext of ustainable De elo ment
Deyeloping Sustainable Deyelopment
Reflecting upon Existing Strategies
The Challenge of Sustainable Deyelopment

Are WinWin Arguments Sustainable?
Conclusion
Redistributing Resources
Japanese Wateryvays and Sevv Paradigms
A More Pragmatic Response
Index
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Martin Purvis and Alan Grainger are Senior Lecturers in Geography at the University of Leeds.

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