Sustainability

Sustainability is essential to our business. We are proud to publish across all areas of sustainability and the environment bringing the latest research on climate change, natural resources, sustainable energy, business and development to a global audience of researchers, students, sustainable practitioners and anyone interested in creating a sustainable future for all.


Dictionary of Sustainability

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 through the Internet.

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  • Routledge Handbook of Agricultural Biodiversity

    Edited by Danny Hunter, Luigi Guarino, Charles Spillane, Peter C. McKeown

    The world relies on very few crop and animal species for agriculture and to supply its food needs. In recent decades, there has been increased appreciation of the risk this implies for food security and quality, especially in times of environmental change. As a result, agricultural biodiversity has…

    Hardback – 2017-10-03
    Routledge

  • The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice

    Edited by Ryan Holifield, Jayajit Chakraborty, Gordon Walker

    The Routledge Handbook of Environmental Justice presents an extensive and cutting-edge introduction to the diverse, rapidly growing body of research on pressing issues of environmental justice and injustice. With wide-ranging discussion of current debates, controversies, and questions in the…

    Hardback – 2017-09-20
    Routledge
    Routledge International Handbooks

  • The International Law of Transboundary Groundwater Resources

    By Gabriel Eckstein

    This book provides a comprehensive review of the state of international law as it applies to transboundary groundwater resources and aquifers. The main focus is on recent developments and the emerging international law for transboundary aquifers as reflected in the practice of states and the work…

    Paperback – 2017-09-19
    Routledge
    Earthscan Water Text

  • Understanding Global Poverty

    Causes, Capabilities and Human Development

    By Serena Cosgrove, Benjamin Curtis

    Understanding Global Poverty introduces students to the study and analysis of poverty, helping them to understand why it is pervasive across human societies, and how it can be reduced through proven policy solutions. Using the capabilities and human development approach, the book foregrounds the…

    Paperback – 2017-09-15
    Routledge

  • Water Governance and Collective Action

    Multi-scale Challenges

    Edited by Diana Suhardiman, Alan Nicol, Everisto Mapedza

    Collective Action is now recognized as central to addressing the water governance challenge of delivering sustainable development and global environmental benefits. This book examines concepts and practices of collective action that have emerged in recent decades globally. Building on a Foucauldian…

    Paperback – 2017-09-13
    Routledge
    Earthscan Water Text

  • Children and the Geography of Violence

    Why Space and Place Matter

    By Sheridan Bartlett

    Violence sabotages development, both children’s development and the development of the communities and neighbourhoods they rely on. There is abundant evidence of the deep and lasting harm that can be done. Violence breaks bodies and minds and exerts an insidious influence at every level. The…

    Paperback – 2017-09-06
    Routledge

  • Chinese Hydropower Development in Africa and Asia

    Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Global Dam-Building

    Edited by Giuseppina Siciliano, Frauke Urban

    In recent years, both Chinese overseas investment and hydropower development have been topics of increasing interest and research, with Chinese actors acting as financiers, developers, builders and sub-contractors. Chinese Hydropower Development in Africa and Asia explores the governance and…

    Hardback – 2017-08-31
    Routledge
    Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

  • Environmental Site Plans and Development Review

    By Robert Sanford

    The most effective way to participate in land stewardship and environmental management is to get involved in the review of proposed developments. In smaller communities, this review is primarily done by a planning board or commission made up of volunteer members, guided by professionals in certain…

    Paperback – 2017-08-30
    Routledge

  • Social Sustainability for Business

    By Jerry A. Carbo, Viet T. Dao, Steven J. Haase, M. Blake Hargrove, Ian M. Langella

    Social Sustainability for Business demonstrates the need for a transformational change to the way businesses across the globe operate. What has become the standard, accepted "business model," with a focus on corporate profit, shareholder wealth maximization, and GDP growth, is no longer a…

    Paperback – 2017-08-24
    Routledge

  • Passive House Details

    Solutions for High-Performance Design

    By Donald B. Corner, Jan C. Fillinger, Alison G. Kwok

    Passive House Details introduces the concepts, principles, and design processes of building ultralow-energy buildings. The objective of this book is to provide design goals, research, analysis, systems, details, and inspiring images of some of the most energy-efficient, carbon-neutral, healthy, and…

    Paperback – 2017-08-01
    Routledge

  • 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

  • Routledge Handbook of the History of Sustainability

    Edited by Jeremy L. Caradonna

    The Routledge Handbook of the History of Sustainability is a far-reaching survey of the deep and contemporary history of sustainability. This innovative resource will help to define the history of sustainability as an identifiable field. It provides a unique resource for advanced undergraduates,…

    Hardback – 2017-11-20
    Routledge
    Routledge International Handbooks

  • The Map of Meaningful Work (2e)

    A Practical Guide to Sustaining our Humanity, 2nd Edition

    By Marjolein Lips-Wiersma, Lani Morris

    This book introduces the Map of Meaning which provides a clear, simple and profound framework of the dimensions and process of living and working meaningfully. The Map of Meaning is based on over 20 years' research into the insights and practice of ordinary people as they search for, lose and find…

    Paperback – 2017-11-09
    Routledge

  • Research Methods for Environmental Studies

    A Social Science Approach

    By Mark Kanazawa

    The methodological needs of environmental studies are unique in the breadth of research questions that can be posed, calling for a textbook that covers a broad swath of approaches to conducting research with potentially many different kinds of evidence.   Written specifically for social…

    Paperback – 2017-10-30
    Routledge

  • Energy and Economic Growth

    Why we need a new pathway to prosperity

    By Timothy J. Foxon

    Access to new sources of energy and their efficient conversion to provide useful work have been key drivers of economic growth since the industrial revolution. Western countries now need to transform their energy systems and move away from the single-minded pursuit of economic growth in order to…

    Paperback – 2017-10-17
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Energy Transitions

  • Resistance to the Neoliberal Agri-Food Regime

    A Critical Analysis

    Edited by Alessandro Bonanno, Steven A. Wolf

    This volume explores the contents, forms, and actors that characterize current opposition to the corporate neoliberal agri-food regime. Designed to generate a coherent, informed and updated analysis of resistance in agri-food, empirical and theoretical contributions analyze the relationship between…

    Hardback – 2017-10-17
    Routledge
    Earthscan Food and Agriculture

  • An Introduction to Sustainability

    Environmental, Social and Personal Perspectives, 2nd Edition

    By Martin Mulligan

    An Introduction to Sustainability provides students with a comprehensive overview of the key concepts and ideas which are encompassed within the growing field of sustainability. The fully updated second edition, including new figures and images, teases out the diverse but intersecting domains…

    Paperback – 2017-10-05
    Routledge

  • Marine and Coastal Resource Management

    Principles and Practice

    Edited by David R. Green, Jeffrey L. Payne

    In this new and highly original textbook for a range of interdisciplinary courses and degree programmes focusing on marine and coastal resource management, readers are offered an introduction to the subject matter, a broad perspective and understanding, case study applications, and a reference…

    Paperback – 2017-09-21
    Routledge
    Earthscan Oceans

  • Forest Governance and Management Across Time

    Developing a New Forest Social Contract

    By Erland Mårald, Camilla Sandstrom, Annika Nordin, and Others

    The influence of the past, and of the future on current-time tradeoffs in the forest arena are particularly relevant given the long-term successions in forest landscapes and the hundred years’ rotations in forestry. Historically established path dependencies and conflicts determine our present…

    Hardback – 2017-09-19
    Routledge
    The Earthscan Forest Library

  • Aesthetic Sustainability

    Product Design and Sustainable Usage

    By Kristine H. Harper

    Why do we readily dispose of some things, whereas we keep and maintain others for years, despite their obvious wear and tear? Can a greater understanding of aesthetic value lead to a more strategic and sustainable approach to product design? Aesthetic Sustainability: Product Design and Sustainable…

    Hardback – 2017-09-19
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Sustainability

  • Stress, Affluence and Sustainable Consumption

    By Cecilia Solér

    Why do affluent consumers almost automatically acquire new versions or variations of products already at their disposal? Even though most of us know that this novelty consumption poses a serious threat to an environmentally and socially sustainable future, we continue to do it. Why? Research shows…

    Hardback – 2017-09-19
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Sustainability

  • Key Thinkers on the Environment

    Edited by Joy A. Palmer Cooper, David E. Cooper

    Key Thinkers on the Environment is a unique guide to environmental thinking through the ages. Joy A. Palmer Cooper and David E. Cooper, themselves distinguished authors on environmental matters, have assembled a team of expert contributors to summarize and analyse the thinking of diverse and…

    Paperback – 2017-09-14
    Routledge
    Routledge Key Guides

  • Housing Sustainability in Low Carbon Cities

    By Ralph Horne

    Housing affordability, urban development and climate change responses are great challenges that are intertwined, yet the conceptual and policy links between them remain under-developed. Housing Sustainability in Low Carbon Cities addresses this gap by developing an interdisciplinary approach to…

    Paperback – 2017-09-13
    Routledge
    Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series

  • Maritime Clusters and the Ocean Economy

    An Integrated Approach to Managing Coastal and Marine Space

    By Peter B. Myles

    Over the last decade the concept of clustering has become a central idea for analyzing the competitiveness of nations, industries and firms. This book shows how the cluster concept can be usefully applied to the study of maritime activities.  Such activities, including shipping,…

    Hardback – 2017-09-04
    Routledge
    Earthscan Oceans

  • Local Action on Climate Change

    Opportunities and Constraints

    Edited by Susie Moloney, Hartmut Fünfgeld, Mikael Granberg

    There is growing interest in analysing the role and effectiveness of the local scale in responding to the global challenge of climate change. However, while accounts of urban climate change governance are growing, there is now a real need for further conceptual and empirical work to better…

    Hardback – 2017-08-31
    Routledge
    Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research

  • Hunger and Poverty in South Africa

    The Hidden Faces of Food Insecurity

    By Jacqueline Hanoman

    Hunger and Poverty in South Africa: The Hidden Faces of Food Insecurity explores food insecurity as an issue of socioeconomic, political, cultural and environmental inequity and inequality. Based on extensive original research in Free State Province, South Africa, the book explores how people…

    Hardback – 2017-08-31
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in African Development

  • Democracy and Climate Change

    By Frederic Hanusch

    Democracy and Climate Change explores the various ways in which democratic principles can lead governments to respond differently to climate change. The election cycle can lead to short-termism, which often appears to be at odds with the long-term nature of climate change, with its latency between…

    Hardback – 2017-08-02
    Routledge
    Routledge Global Cooperation Series

  • The Dark Side 3

    Critical Cases on the Downside of Business

    Edited by Fernanda Sauerbronn, Pauline Fatien Diochon, Albert J. Mills, Emmanuel Raufflet

    This third collection of outstanding contributions from the Critical Management Studies (CMS) Division of the Academy of Management (AOM) continues to challenge business practice in ways not tackled by other more typical business case studies. There is a critical need for business educators to…

    Paperback – 2017-08-01
    Routledge

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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.

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

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Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture FreeBook

Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture FreeBook

This FreeBook highlights some of the major findings that have emerged over the last decade of the STEPS Centre’s research on sustainable agriculture.

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It draws on four books which address three themes central to understanding how pathways emerge in agriculture, and how sustainability, is or indeed is not, generated. The three themes are: framing (how we understand agriculture and its roles in development), practice (how agriculture and agricultural research is carried out, and by whom) and governance (how agriculture is regulated and controlled).Sustainable Diets


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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