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2nd Edition

Fundamentals of Sustainable Development

ISBN 9781138092655
Published September 5, 2017 by Routledge
382 Pages

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Book Description

The impact of development needs to be considered beyond the narrow focus of economic, ecological or social concerns. This new and expanded edition builds upon the first edition’s accessible and comprehensive overview of the challenges linked to striving for a sustainable, holistic approach to development. Providing a multifaceted approach to the subject in order to encompass what is referred to as ‘people, planet and profit’, this second edition provides a complete update of the text, with increased coverage of new and major topics including the Sustainable Development Goals and the circular economy.

An interactive and complete educational tool, the book comes with a website containing exercises, learning goals and summaries for each chapter as well as over forty video clips. It also offers a ‘lecturer section’ which includes a PowerPoint to accompany every chapter, and answers and explanations to the exercises.

This stimulating book is an invaluable resource for students and lecturers in all disciplines who have an interest in the sustainability of our planet, and our human society and economy.

Table of Contents

Part 1: SWOT analysis
1.Sustainable Development, an introduction
2.Flaws in the Fabric: people and nature
3.Flaws in the Fabric: people and society
4.Sources of Vigour
Part 2: Solution Strategies
5. Here and There
6.Now and Later
7.Climate and Energy
8.Sustainable Business Practices

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Niko Roorda works as a senior consultant on sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and change management for companies and universities in several countries. Based on more than 20 years of experience in these topics, he received his PhD title at Maastricht University in 2010. For his achievements Roorda received the Dutch National Award for Innovation and Sustainable Development.


"There is an ever increasingly large number of books on the market dealing with sustainable development, so any new book has to offer something new. Fundamentals of Sustainable Development by Niko Roorda, offers just that in a very innovative way.The book really is interdisciplinary, and while challenging in places is truly accessible to readers of all backgrounds. The presentation of the book is excellent and the format makes this a very attractive paperback, and at 350 pages, it is not too big for students (and lecturers) to carry around. This is a colourful and intriguing textbook which I highly recommend. It is the sort of book you wish you had written yourself, but Niko Roorda has done just that and in the process added a remarkable edition to the sustainability library."Professor Nick Gray, Trinity College

"The particular strength of Fundamentals of Sustainable Development lies in bringing together issues of equity (among people) arising from insufficient recognition of ecology (around the planet) in the economy of growth (as irresponsible profits). We strongly recommend careful reading – not just by federal and provincial bureaucrats and legislatures but also by organisations of employers and labour."Dr A. Ercelan and Muhammad Ali Shah, The News on Sunday

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