Sustainability

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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

  • 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

    This book explores the role of digital media technologies in creating new forms of consumer activism and engagement with food, eating and food systems. Food is an increasingly prominent subject of engagement online, from the aesthetics of cooking to the ethics of shopping. This book adopts a…

    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

  • 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 – 2017-08-29
    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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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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