An Introduction to Sustainable Development

3rd Edition

By Jennifer A. Elliott

© 2006 – Routledge

304 pages | 132 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Sustainable development continues to be the key idea around which environment and development are structured. This extensively revised third edition continues to provide a concise, accessible introduction to the ideas behind, and the practices flowing from the notion of sustainable development with a particular focus on the developing world.

The new edition has been extensively updated to highlight recent developments in both theory and practice. In particular, the theoretical framework underpinning the book has been strengthened, and recent activity regarding the developing indicators of sustainable development is comprehensively reviewed. Specific attention is now given to the significance of geography and place.

Containing a wealth of new case studies from across the globe, discussion questions, guides for further reading and a detailed glossary, this text provides an invaluable introduction to the characteristics, challenges and opportunities of sustainable development.


'A useful summary of the subject. Clear maps and figures and key information in boxes.' - Dr Howard Lee, Wye College, UK, on the second edition

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. What is Sustainable Development? 2. The Challenges of Sustainable Development 3. Action Towards Sustainable Development 4. Sustainable Rural Livelihoods 5. Sustainable Urban Livelihoods 6. Sustainable Development in the Developing World: An assessment 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Jennifer A. Elliott is Principal Lecturer in Geography at the University of Brighton.

About the Series

Routledge Perspectives on Development

Routledge Perspectives on Development provides an invaluable, up to date and refreshing approach to key development issues for academics and students working in the field of development, in disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, international relations, politics and sociology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Economic Conditions
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography