1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Sustainable Development

Edited By Michael Redclift, Delyse Springett Copyright 2015
    472 Pages
    by Routledge

    470 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook gives a comprehensive, international and cutting-edge overview of Sustainable Development. It integrates the key imperatives of sustainable development, namely institutional, environmental, social and economic, and calls for greater participation, social cohesion, justice and democracy as well as limited throughput of materials and energy. The nature of sustainable development and the book’s theorization of the concept underline the need for interdisciplinarity in the discourse as exemplified in each chapter of this volume.

    The Handbook employs a critical framework that problematises the concept of sustainable development and the struggle between discursivity and control that has characterised the debate. It provides original contributions from international experts coming from a variety of disciplines and regions, including the Global South.

    Comprehensive in scope, it covers, amongst other areas:

    • Sustainable architecture and design
    • Biodiversity
    • Sustainable business 
    • Climate change
    • Conservation
    • Sustainable consumption
    • De-growth
    • Disaster management
    • Eco-system services
    • Education
    • Environmental justice
    • Food and sustainable development
    • Governance
    • Gender
    • Health
    • Indicators for sustainable development
    • Indigenous perspectives
    • Urban transport

    The Handbook offers researchers and students in the field of sustainable development invaluable insights into a contested concept and the alternative worldviews that it has fostered. 

     Part 1: History and Evolution of the Concept of Sustainable Development 1. Introduction: History and evolution of the concept Delyse Springett and Michael Redclift Part 2: Institutional Dimensions of Sustainable Development 2. Does illegality enable or undermine the sustainability of the globalising economy? Ray Hudson 3. Global Change, Islands and Sustainable Development: Islands of Sustainability or Analogues of the Challenge of Sustainable Development? Michael Hall 4. ‘Uncertainty’ in the professionalization of sustainable development - The case of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Annika Skoglund and Tommy Jensen 5. Population Health, a Fundamental Marker of Sustainable Development Tony McMichael 6. Education for Sustainable Development: Challenges of a critical pedagogy Delyse Springett Part 3: Environmental Dimensions Of Sustainable Development 7. Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Stewart Lockie and Hedda Ransan-Cooper 8. Water and Sustainable Development Naho Mirumachi 9. Sustainable Architecture Keith Bothwell 10. Sustainable Design: Concepts, methods and practices Martina Maria Keitsch 11. Is managing ecosystem services necessary and sufficient to ensure sustainable development? Mark Mulligan and Nicholas Clifford 12. Conservation, Sustainability and Economic Growth William Adams Part 4: Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development 13. Sustainable Development: Joining Sustainability and Environmental Justice Robin Morris Collin and Robert W. Collin 14. Indigenous Perspectives: Non-Anthropocentric Sustainable Development and the Right to Self-Determination Oscar Forero 15. The Politics of Sustainable Consumption Emma Hinton 16. Advances in Sustainable Tourism Development Tony Johnston 17. Food and Sustainable Development Colin Sage Part 5: Economic Dimensions Of Sustainable Development 18. Ecological Economics and Sustainable Development: Building a Sustainable and Desirable Economy-in-Society-in-Nature Robert Costanza, Gar Alperovitz, Herman Daly, Joshua Farley, Carol Franco, Tim Jackson, Ida Kubiszewski, Juliet Schor and Peter Victor 19. Sustainable development and the economic crisis under austerity: the experience of the United Kingdom Michael Redclift and Emma Hinton 19. Indicators for Sustainable Development Joachim Spangenberg 21. Sustainable Business: A Critique of Corporate Social Responsibility Policies and Practices Tim Luke 22. Urban Transport and Sustainable Development Peter Newman, Annie Matan and James McIntosh 23. Chinese Sustainability in Transition: Which direction to take? Arthur Mol Part 6: Sustainable Development – Future Challenges 24. Agroecology as post-development discourse and practice Graham Woodgate 25. The social and political dimensions of sustainable development in climate change Marco Grasso 26. Sustainable Development or the Creeping Incubation of Disaster? Raymond Murphy 27. Women's 'right to sustainable development': integrating religion and a rights-based approach Yamini Naranayan 28. From Sustainable Development to Governance for Sustainability Ashwina Mahanti and David Manuel-Navarrete


    Michael Redclift is Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy at King’s College, London, UK, where he has taught since 1999.

    Delyse Springett formerly directed the Centre for Business and Sustainable Development at Massey University, New Zealand, and taught Master's courses on business and sustainability at Massey University and at the University of Hong Kong.

    "We urgently needed a guide to sustainable development - one of the most widely-used and least-understood concepts in existence. Now we have one. Led by two of the most respected authorities in the field, the team of experts assembled here covers all the expected dimensions - and a few more besides. 'Indispensable' is a word frequently found on book dust covers - here it means what it says"Andrew Dobson, Keele University, UK

    "Sustainability refuses to be defined, or even stay put in the natural sciences. Rather, it has infected economic justice discourse, infused debates over how power works, wandered into our understanding of consumption and public health, and injected itself into governance dialog. Here is a handbook that documents the power of a rogue idea on how we think: across problems, locally and globally, present and future." –Richard B. Norgaard, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    "With the emergence in 2015 of new global Sustainable Development Goals, we reach a new stage in the development of the idea and promise of sustainable development. Over the past 30 years, the concept has come to be anchored in key debates about growth, environment and equity. This Handbook, bringing together an illustrious group of experts, looks at how sustainable development discourses have emerged and changed over that period, and looks forward to new debates now unfolding. It provides an unparalleled, state-of-the-art overview." Frans Berkhout, King’s College London, UK

    "This magisterial and comprehensive volume is indispensable reading for anyone wishing seriously to come to grips with the nature and scope of sustainable development. It covers the full range of issues one could immediately think of and many more besides." David Lorimer

    "I [...] like to recommend this book, at least to teacher educators and their students with an interest in sustainability issues. Routledge International Handbook in Sustainable Development is helpful regarding placing the sustainability problem in many different school subjects [...] I learned a lot through my reading. And I picked up some—for me—new terms that tease my mind" - Malin Ideland, Science & Education (2016)