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Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture FreeBook

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  • Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries

    Work, public policy and action

    Edited by Marjorie Griffin Cohen

    Climate change is at the forefront of ideas about public policy, the economy and labour issues. However, the gendered dimensions of climate change and the public policy issues associated with it in wealthy nations are much less understood. Climate Change and Gender in Rich Countries covers a wide…

    Paperback – 2017-05-31 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Climate, Work and Society

  • Energy Policy in China

    By Chi-Jen Yang

    Energy policy has always been an important part of China’s national policy agenda. Although the overall Chinese economy has become largely market-driven, its energy sectors are still subject to varying degrees of government control. Authoritarian governance allows China to move very quickly in some…

    Hardback – 2017-05-17 
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Energy Policy

  • Environmental History of Modern Migrations

    Edited by Marco Armiero, Richard Tucker

    In the age of climate change, the possibility that dramatic environmental transformations might cause the dislocation of millions of people has become not only a matter for scientific speculation or science-fiction narratives, but the object of strategic planning and military analysis.…

    Hardback – 2017-05-16 
    Routledge
    Routledge Environmental Humanities

  • Dictionary of Sustainability

    By Margaret Robertson

    The Dictionary of Sustainability provides clear and accurate definitions of the extensive vocabulary that has developed in this emerging and interdisciplinary field, saving considerable time from searching through the massive quantity of information of differing degrees of quality that is available…

    Paperback – 2017-05-16 
    Routledge

  • Cultures of Prediction in Atmospheric and Climate Science

    Epistemic and Cultural Shifts in Computer-based Modelling and Simulation

    Edited by Matthias Heymann, Gabriele Gramelsberger, Martin Mahony

    In recent decades, science has experienced a revolutionary shift. The development and extensive application of computer modelling and simulation has transformed the knowledge‐making practices of scientific fields as diverse as astro‐physics, genetics, robotics and demography. This epistemic…

    Hardback – 2017-05-02 
    Routledge
    Routledge Environmental Humanities

  • Food Security, Agricultural Policies and Economic Growth

    Long-term Dynamics in the Past, Present and Future

    By Niek Koning

    Using a political-economic approach supplemented with insights from human ecology, this volume analyzes the long-term dynamics of food security and economic growth. The book begins by discussing the nature of preindustrial food crises and the changes that have occurred…

    Paperback – 2017-04-26
    Routledge
    Earthscan Food and Agriculture

  • Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China

    Edited by Eva Sternfeld

    During the last few decades, China has accomplished unprecedented economic growth and has emerged as the second largest economy in the world. This ‘economic miracle’ has led hundreds of millions of people out of poverty, but has also come at a high cost. Environmental degradation and the impact of…

    Hardback – 2017-04-26
    Routledge
    Routledge International Handbooks

  • Aid Performance and Climate Change

    By Julian Caldecott

    The richer countries spend about US$165 billion yearly on overseas aid, mainly to keep human development going. These efforts are undermined by climate change, water-catchment damage, biodiversity loss, and desertification, and their interactions with social systems at all scales, which few aid…

    Paperback – 2017-04-24
    Routledge

  • Universities and the Sustainable Development Future

    Evaluating Higher-Education Contributions to the 2030 Agenda

    By Peter H. Koehn, Juha I. Uitto

    Since the mid-1970s, a series of international declarations that link environment and sustainable development to all aspects of higher learning have been endorsed and signed by universities around the world. Although university involvement in sustainable-development research and outreach has…

    Paperback – 2017-04-11
    Routledge

  • Sustainable Diets

    How Ecological Nutrition Can Transform Consumption and the Food System

    By Pamela Mason, Tim Lang

    How can huge populations be fed healthily, equitably and affordably while maintaining the ecosystems on which life depends? The evidence of diet’s impact on public health and the environment has grown in recent decades, yet changing food supply, consumer habits and economic aspirations proves…

    Paperback – 2017-03-27
    Routledge

  • Ecosystem Services

    Key Issues

    By Mark Everard

    The concept of ecosystem services has emerged in recent years as one of the most powerful guiding principles for ecology, biodiversity conservation and the management of natural resources. It provides the basis of assessing the multiple values and services that ecosystems can provide to…

    Paperback – 2017-03-27
    Routledge
    Key Issues in Environment and Sustainability

  • Unravelling Sustainability and Resilience in the Built Environment

    By Emilio Jose Garcia, Brenda Vale

    In this timely book, Emilio Jose Garcia and Brenda Vale explore what sustainability and resilience might mean when applied to the built environment. Conceived as a primer for students and professionals, it defines what the terms sustainability and resilience mean and how they are related to each…

    Paperback – 2017-03-24
    Routledge

  • Social Change and the Coming of Post-consumer Society

    Theoretical Advances and Policy Implications

    Edited by Maurie J Cohen, Halina Szejnwald Brown, Philip J Vergragt

    Consumer society is an unquestionably complex social construct. However, after decades of unremitting dominance there are signs emerging that it is starting to falter, both as a coherent and durable system of social organization and as a strategy for societal advancement. Debates concerning how we…

    Hardback – 2017-03-22
    Routledge
    Routledge-SCORAI Studies in Sustainable Consumption

  • Reinventing an Urban Vernacular

    Developing Sustainable Housing Prototypes for Cities Based on Traditional Strategies

    By Terry Moor

    With increasing population and its associated demand on our limited resources, we need to rethink our current strategies for construction of multifamily buildings in urban areas. Reinventing an Urban Vernacular addresses these new demands for smaller and more efficient housing units adapted to…

    Paperback – 2017-03-13
    Routledge

  • Mobilising Housing Histories

    Learning from London's Past for a Sustainable Future

    By Peter Guillery, David Kroll

    The problem of creating affordable, adequate housing for a growing population is not a new one. This book, aimed at anyone with a professional or personal interest in improving housing provision everywhere, aims to inspire by offering in-depth studies of London's housing past and seeks to provide…

    Paperback – 2017-03-01
    RIBA Publishing

  • Targeting Zero

    Whole Life and Embodied Carbon Strategies for Design Professionals

    By Simon Sturgis

    Embodied and Whole Life Carbon will change the way buildings are designed, yet carbon emissions associated with the construction and life of buildings are not yet wholly understood by the profession. Energy is assumed to be the province of services engineers, yet energy from materials is as big an…

    Paperback – 2017-03-01
    RIBA Publishing

  • Leadership for Green Schools

    Sustainability for Our Children, Our Communities, and Our Planet

    By Lisa A. W. Kensler, Cynthia L. Uline

    Leadership for Green Schools provides aspiring and practicing leaders with the tools they need to facilitate the design, leadership, and management of greener, more sustainable schools. Framed by theory and research, this text draws from the fields of sustainability science, built learning…

    Paperback – 2016-09-26
    Routledge

Sustainable Diets

Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture FreeBook

In this exclusive blog post, Pamela Mason and Tim Lang, authors of Sustainable Diets: How Ecological Nutrition Can Transform consumption and the Food System argue for the need to address the huge problems within the food system by shifting what we eat.

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Sustainable Tourism

Megan explains in her new book why rapid global tourism development requires new educational, business, policy and environmental solutions. Here she answers our questions about issues surrounding her book.  Read Megan Epler Wood interview

Sustainability at Work

Marilyn Waite, author of Sustainability at Work: Careers that make a difference

Marilyn Waite, author of  Sustainability at Work: Careers that make a difference has written three articles that will help everyone who wants to have both a successful career and a career that makes a positive difference in society.

Read:  Why integrate sustainability into a career?
Read:  4 Ways to Pursue Sustainability in Careers
Read:  Sustainability Careers 101

Sustainability FreeBook

Climate Change Research FreeBook Climate Change Research is at the heart of the Sustainability debate. 

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Sustainability Teaching

Routledge Sustainability HubThe latest textbooks and teaching resources. Visit the sustainability hub 


Pathways to Sustainability 

Addressing core challenges around linking science and technology and environmental sustainability with poverty reduction and social justice this series is based on the work of the Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability (STEPS) Centre, a major investment of the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

The STEPS Centre brings together researchers at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and SPRU (Science and Technology Policy Research) at the University of Sussex with a set of partner institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. View Books