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.


The Quito Papers and the New Urban Agenda

by Un-Habitat

Dictionary of SustainabilityThe purpose of The Quito Papers and the New Urban Agenda is to start a discussion that both challenges this status quo and opens up new lines of enquiry. This year's UN World Urban Forum (WUF - February 7-13) coincides with the publication of our new book, so we're giving away 5 free copies. Find out how you can be in with a chance of winning one of five free copies here.

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Dictionary of Sustainability

by Margaret Robertson

Dictionary of SustainabilityThe 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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Sustainability Books - browse our latest publications

  • Corporate Sustainability

    The Next Steps Towards a Sustainable World

    Edited by Jan Jaap Bouma, Teun Wolters

    This book focuses on corporate sustainability and how it evolves through innovation and new business models. Despite what has been accomplished to date, there is an urgent need for further steps to be taken and this book presents a nuanced but compelling plea for collaboration between businesses,…

    Paperback – 2018-08-30 
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Sustainability and Business

  • Solar Photovoltaic Basics

    A Study Guide for the NABCEP Associate Exam, 2nd Edition

    By Sean White

    This book explains the science of photovoltaics (PV) in a way that most people can understand, using the curriculum which reflects the core modules of the NABCEP Associate Exam. Whether or not you are taking the NABCEP Associate Exam, learning the material covered in this book is the best…

    Paperback – 2018-08-14 
    Routledge

  • Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development

    Transforming the Industrial State

    By Nicholas A Ashford, Ralph P Hall

    Technology, Globalization, and Sustainable Development offers a unified, transdisciplinary approach for transforming the industrial state in order to promote sustainable development. The authors present a deep analysis of the ways that industrial states – both developed and developing – are…

    Paperback – 2018-08-13 
    Routledge

  • A Sense of Wonder Towards Nature

    Healing the Planet through Belonging

    By Haydn Washington

    Environmental scientist and writer Haydn Washington argues that we will not solve the environmental crisis unless we change our worldview and ethics, and to do so we must rejuvenate our sense of wonder at nature. This book focuses on humanity’s relation with nature, and the sense of wonder and…

    Paperback – 2018-08-06 
    Routledge

  • Equality in Water and Sanitation Services

    Edited by Oliver Cumming, Tom Slaymaker

    There is growing acceptance that the progress delivered under the Millennium Development Goal target for drinking water and sanitation has been inequitable. As a result, the progressive reduction of inequalities is now an explicit focus of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets, adopted in…

    Paperback – 2018-07-31 
    Routledge
    Earthscan Water Text

  • Large Carnivore Conservation and Management

    Human Dimensions

    Edited by Tasos Hovardas

    Large carnivores include iconic species such as bears, wolves and big cats. Their habitats are increasingly being shared with humans, and there is a growing number of examples of human-carnivore coexistence as well as conflict. Next to population dynamics of large carnivores, there are considerable…

    Hardback – 2018-07-19
    Routledge
    Earthscan Studies in Natural Resource Management

  • Communicating Sustainability

    By Margaret Robertson

    Communicating Sustainability is a book of evidence-based strategies for making sustainability vivid, accessible, and comprehensible. To do this, it brings together research from a range of specialties including cognitive psychology, visual perception, communication studies, environmental design,…

    Paperback – 2018-07-18
    Routledge

  • Animal Management and Welfare in Natural Disasters

    By James Sawyer, Gerardo Huertas

    The devastating impacts of natural disasters not only directly affect humans and infrastructure, but also animals, which may be crucial to the livelihoods of many people. This book considers the needs of animals in the aftermath of disasters and explains the importance of looking to…

    Paperback – 2018-07-04
    Routledge

  • Routledge Handbook of Sustainability Indicators

    Edited by Simon Bell, Stephen Morse

    This handbook provides researchers and students with an overview of the field of sustainability indicators (SIs) as applied in the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development. The editors have sought to include views from the center ground of SI development but also divergent ideas…

    Hardback – 2018-06-21
    Routledge
    Routledge International Handbooks

  • Animals Count

    How Population Size Matters in Animal-Human Relations

    Edited by Nancy Cushing, Jodi Frawley

    Whether their populations are perceived as too large, just right, too small or non-existent, animal numbers matter to the humans with whom they share environments. Animals in the right numbers are accepted and even welcomed, but when they are seen to deviate from the human-declared set point, they…

    Hardback – 2018-06-18
    Routledge
    Routledge Environmental Humanities

  • Sustainability in Transition

    Principles for Developing Solutions

    By Travis Gliedt, Kelli Larson

    Sustainability in Transition: Principles for Developing Solutions offers the first in-depth education-focused treatment of how to address sustainability in a comprehensive manner. The textbook is structured as a learning-centered approach to walk students through the process of linking sustainable…

    Paperback – 2018-06-15
    Routledge

  • Revitalizing Urban Waterway Communities

    Streams of Environmental Justice

    By Richard Smardon, Sharon Moran, April Karen Baptiste

    The revitalizing and restoration of rivers, creeks and streams is a major focus of urban conservation activity throughout North America and Europe. This book presents models and examples for organizing multiple stakeholders for purposes of waterway revitalization—if not restoration—within a context…

    Hardback – 2018-06-15
    Routledge
    Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management

  • Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture

    Greening the World's Food Economy

    By Jules Pretty, Zareen Pervez Bharucha

    Sustainable intensification (SI) has emerged in recent years as a powerful new conceptualisation of agricultural sustainability and has been widely adopted in policy circles and debates. It is defined as a process or system where yields are increased without adverse environmental impact and without…

    Paperback – 2018-06-12
    Routledge
    Earthscan Food and Agriculture

  • Sustainable Consumption

    Key Issues

    By Lucie Middlemiss

    Sustainable Consumption: Key Issues provides a concise introduction to the field of sustainable consumption, outlining the contribution of the key disciplines in this multi-disciplinary area, and detailing the way in which both the problem and the potential for solutions are understood. Divided…

    Paperback – 2018-06-11
    Routledge
    Key Issues in Environment and Sustainability

  • Plant Ethics

    Concepts and Applications

    Edited by Angela Kallhoff, Marcello Di Paola, Maria Schörgenhumer

    Large parts of our world are filled with plants, and human life depends on, interacts with, affects and is affected by plant life in various ways. Yet plants have not received nearly as much attention from philosophers and ethicists as they deserve. In environmental philosophy, plants are often…

    Hardback – 2018-06-06
    Routledge
    Routledge Environmental Humanities

  • Sustaining Prosperity, Nature and Wellbeing

    What do the Indicators Tell Us?

    By Peter L.P. Bartelmus

    This book explores what is needed for an overall evaluation of the prosperity and wellbeing of people within a framework of sustaining the economy, environment and development. The book begins by assessing the validity of available data, indicators and indices in decision and policy making. It…

    Paperback – 2018-05-14
    Routledge

  • Sustainable Innovation and Impact

    Edited by Cary Krosinsky, Todd Cort

    Following the Brexit and Trump election cycles, consistent, long-term policy solutions to environmental and other societal challenges are becoming increasingly difficult to achieve. Stepping into this breach is a clear opportunity for innovation by public and privately held companies, as well…

    Paperback – 2018-05-10
    Routledge

  • The Quito Papers and the New Urban Agenda

    By Un-Habitat

    The future is urban. Indeed, the battle for sustainable development will be won or lost in cities. Not a moment too soon, then, that urbanization is suddenly at the centre of global policy making. In 2015 the governments of the UN adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in 2016 they…

    Paperback – 2018-02-05
    Routledge

  • Digital Food Activism

    Edited by Tanja Schneider, Karin Eli, Catherine Dolan, Stanley Ulijaszek

    Digital Food Activism is a new edited volume that investigates how digital media technologies are transforming food activism and consumers' engagements with food, eating, and food systems. Bringing together critical food studies, economic anthropology, digital sociology, and science and technology…

    Hardback – 2018-01-09
    Routledge
    Critical Food Studies

  • Disaster Management in Australia

    Government Coordination in a Time of Crisis

    By George Carayannopoulos

    In recent times the frequency and severity of natural disasters has placed a clear emphasis on the ability of governments to plan, prepare and respond in an effective way. Disaster Management in Australia examines government coordination when faced with large scale crises, outlining the challenges…

    Paperback – 2018-01-02
    Routledge
    Routledge Humanitarian Studies

  • Understanding Sustainable Development

    3rd Edition

    By John Blewitt

    A truly comprehensive introduction to the topic, Understanding Sustainable Development is designed to give students on a wide range of courses an appreciation of the key concepts and theories of sustainable development. Fully updated, the third edition includes detailed coverage of the Sustainable…

    Paperback – 2017-12-22
    Routledge

  • Routledge Handbook of the Resource Nexus

    Edited by Raimund Bleischwitz, Holger Hoff, Catalina Spataru, Ester van der Voet, Stacy D. VanDeveer

    In recent years the concept of the resource "nexus" has been both hotly debated and widely adopted in research and policy circles. It is a powerful new way to understand and better govern the myriad complex relationships between multiple resources, actors and their security concerns. Particular…

    Hardback – 2017-12-19
    Routledge

  • Just Green Enough

    Urban Development and Environmental Gentrification

    Edited by Winifred Curran, Trina Hamilton

    While global urban development increasingly takes on the mantle of sustainability and "green urbanism," both the ecological and equity impacts of these developments are often overlooked. One result is what has been called environmental gentrification, a process in which environmental improvements…

    Paperback – 2017-12-18
    Routledge
    Routledge Equity, Justice and the Sustainable City series

  • Environmental Ethics and Behavioural Change

    By Benjamin Franks, Stuart Hanscomb, Sean F. Johnston

    Environmental Ethics and Behavioural Change takes a practical approach to environmental ethics with a focus on its transformative potential for students, professionals, policy makers, activists, and concerned citizens. Proposed solutions to issues such as climate change, resource depletion and…

    Paperback – 2017-12-15
    Routledge

  • Unsustainable Transport and Transition in China

    By Becky PY Loo

    This book discusses various transport sustainability issues from the perspective of developing countries, exploring key issues, problems and potential solutions for improving transport sustainability in China. It first reviews the current transport sustainability baselines in the three key…

    Hardback – 2017-12-11
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Transport, Environment and Development

  • Sustainable Event Management

    A Practical Guide, 3rd Edition

    By Meegan Jones

    Across the world each year events of every shape and size are held: from community events, school fairs and local business functions through to the world’s largest festivals, music events, conferences and sporting events. As well as causing celebration and giving voice to issues, these public…

    Paperback – 2017-12-07
    Routledge

  • Freshwater Ecosystems in Protected Areas

    Conservation and Management

    Edited by C. Max Finlayson, Angela H. Arthington, Jamie Pittock

    Freshwater ecosystems have the greatest species diversity per unit area and many endangered species. This book shows that, rather than being a marginal part of terrestrial protected area management, freshwater conservation is central to sustaining biodiversity. It focuses on better practices for…

    Paperback – 2017-12-07
    Routledge
    Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management

  • Climate Change and Post-Political Communication

    Media, Emotion and Environmental Advocacy

    By Philip Hammond

    For many years, the objective of environmental campaigners was to push climate change on to the agenda of political leaders and to encourage media attention to the issue. By the first decade of the twenty-first century, it appeared that their efforts had been spectacularly successful. Yet just at…

    Paperback – 2017-12-04
    Routledge
    Routledge Studies in Environmental Communication and Media

  • Routledge Handbook of Biodiversity and the Law

    Edited by Charles R. McManis, Burton Ong

    This volume provides a reference textbook and comprehensive compilation of multifaceted perspectives on the legal issues arising from the conservation and exploitation of non-human biological resources. Contributors include leading academics, policy-makers and practitioners reviewing a range of…

    Hardback – 2017-12-04
    Routledge

  • Sustainability Science

    Key Issues

    Edited by Ariane König, Jerome Ravetz

    Sustainability Science: Key Issues is a comprehensive textbook for undergraduates, postgraduates, and participants in executive trainings from any disciplinary background studying the theory and practice of sustainability science. Each chapter takes a critical and reflective stance on a…

    Paperback – 2017-11-22
    Routledge
    Key Issues in Environment and Sustainability

  • 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

  • Wind Power

    The Struggle for Control of a New Global Industry, 2nd Edition

    By Ben Backwell

    The wind power business has grown from a niche sector within the energy industry to a global industry that attracts substantial investment. In Europe wind has become the biggest source of new power generation capacity, while also successfully competing with the gas, coal and nuclear sectors in…

    Paperback – 2017-11-13
    Routledge

  • Cities and the Knowledge Economy

    Promise, Politics and Possibilities

    By Tim May, Beth Perry

    Cities and the Knowledge Economy is an in-depth, interdisciplinary, international and comparative examination of the relationship between knowledge and urban development in the contemporary era. Through the lenses of promise, politics and possibility, it examines how the knowledge economy has…

    Paperback – 2017-11-09
    Routledge
    The Earthscan Science in Society Series

  • Greenland and the International Politics of a Changing Arctic

    Postcolonial Paradiplomacy between High and Low Politics

    Edited by Kristian Søby Kristensen, Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen

    Greenland and the International Politics of a Changing Arctic examines the international politics of semi-independent Greenland in a changing and increasingly globalised Arctic. Without sovereign statehood, but with increased geopolitical importance, independent foreign policy ambitions, and a…

    Hardback – 2017-10-16
    Routledge
    Routledge Research in Polar Regions

  • 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

FreeBook: Pathways to Health & Sustainability

Pathways to Health & Sustainability

Resource Recovery from Waste

Miriam Otoo and Pay Drechse discuss their new book 'Resource Recovery from Waste', which demonstrates how Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) can create livelihoods, enhance food security, support green economies, reduce waste and contribute to cost recovery in the sanitation chain. Read the interview here

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Sustainable Tourism

Megan explains in her 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

Free Resources


Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture FreeBook

Pathways to Sustainable Agriculture FreeBookThis 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 DietsIn 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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EU Environmental Policy FreeBook

EU Environmental Policy FreeBookAn invaluable resource for anyone interested in environmental policy, EU law and politics, this FreeBook compiles work from world-renowned authors in Environment and Sustainability, European Studies, European Law and Governance.

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Climiate Change FreeBook

Climate Change FreeBookClimate Change Research is at the heart of the Sustainability debate, which is why we've created this FreeBook containing a selection of chapters on key themes, in order to share with you some of the important research available on this subject matter.

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