Green Development: Environment and Sustainability in the Third World, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Green Development

Environment and Sustainability in the Third World, 2nd Edition

By W. M. Adams


480 pages

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This revised and updated new edition retains the clear and powerful argument which characterized the original. It gives a valuable analysis of the theory and practice of sustainable development and suggests that at the start of the new millennium, we should think radically about the challenge of sustainability.

Fully revised, this latest edition includes further reading, chapter outlines, chapter summaries and new discussion topics, and explores:

  • the roots of sustainable development thinking and its evolution in the last three decades of the twentieth century
  • the dominant ideas within mainstream sustainable development
  • the nature and diversity of alternative ideas about sustainability
  • the problems of environmental degradation and the environmental impacts of development
  • strategies for building sustainability in development from above and below.

Offering a synthesis of theoretical ideas on sustainability based on the industrialized economies of the North and the practical, applied ideas in the South which tend to ignore 'First World' theory, this important text gives a clear discussion of theory and extensive practical insights drawn from Africa, Latin America and Asia.


'Theoretically coherent, with a full and consistent argument running throughout … a highly accessible book, the clear writing and attention to detail make it a valuable text for undergraduate courses addressing a wide range of topics.' - Chasca Twyman, Times Higher Education Supplement

Table of Contents

1. The Dilemma of Sustainability 2. The Origins of Sustainable Development 3. The Development of Sustainable Development 4. Sustainable Development: The Rio Machine 5. Mainstream Sustainable Development 6. Countercurrents in Sustainable Development 7. Environment, Degradation and Sustainability 8. The Environmental Costs of Development 9. The Political Ecology of Sustainability 10. Sustainability and Risk Society 11. Mainstreaming Environmental Risk 12. Sustainable Development from Below 13. Green Development: Reformism or Radicalism?

About the Author

Dr Bill Adams has worked for over 20 years researching the problems of environment and development in Africa. He is Reader in Conservation and Development in the Department of Geography at the University of Cambridge.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General