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Routledge Explorations in Sustainability and Governance

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Routledge Explorations in Sustainability and Governance aims to explore new approaches at the interface between decision-making and the production of knowledge, in which researchers, formal decision-makers and other social actors could form an extended peer community. When dealing with complex sustainability issues – i.e. wicked problems - it is impossible to generate a uniquely defined and "uncontested" problem structuring that leads to the identification of "optimal solutions". Accordingly, society should move to a strategy of governance IN complexity rather than governance OF complexity. Post-Normal Science provides a framework for such strategies, whereby scientists collaborate with the entire extended peer community in the choice of concerns to be addressed, the framing of problems to be solved, and the design of models through which variables and data are combined. That is, from the post-normal perspective, scientific inputs, to be useful for governance, have to fit into socially mediated modes of decision making rather than supplant them.

We invite book proposals that address relevant issues in relation to: (i) the production and use of sustainability knowledge in the move towards governance in complexity; (ii) diagnostics of dangerous cases of "governance OF complexity", including the suppression of uncomfortable knowledge that threatens dominant but unsustainable policy narratives; (iii) practical approaches and procedures (including quantitative analysis to be used for decision support) that can improve the robustness, usefulness and fairness of the framing of sustainability problems; (iv) developments in theoretical and practical approaches to governance in complexity.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Grace Harrison ([email protected]).  

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The Circular Economy in Europe Critical Perspectives on Policies and Imaginaries

The Circular Economy in Europe: Critical Perspectives on Policies and Imaginaries

1st Edition

By Zora Kovacic, Roger Strand, Thomas Völker
November 25, 2019

The Circular Economy in Europe presents an overview and a critical discussion on how circularity is conceived, imagined, and enacted in current EU policy-making. In 2013, the idea of a circular economy entered the stage of European policy-making in the efforts to reconcile environmental and ...

Resource Accounting for Sustainability Assessment The Nexus between Energy, Food, Water and Land Use

Resource Accounting for Sustainability Assessment: The Nexus between Energy, Food, Water and Land Use

1st Edition

Edited By Mario Giampietro, Richard J. Aspinall, Jesus Ramos-Martin, Sandra G. F. Bukkens
December 18, 2015

The demands placed on land, water, energy and other natural resources are exacerbated as the world population continues to increase together with the expectations of economic growth. This, combined with concerns over environmental change, presents a set of scientific, policy and management issues ...

Science, Philosophy and Sustainability The End of the Cartesian dream

Science, Philosophy and Sustainability: The End of the Cartesian dream

1st Edition

Edited By Angela Guimaraes Pereira, Silvio Funtowicz
February 24, 2015

For science to remain a legitimate and trustworthy source of knowledge, society will have to engage in the collective processes of knowledge co-production, which not only includes science, but also other types of knowledge. This process of change has to include a new commitment to knowledge ...

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