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Methods of Sustainability Research in the Social Sciences
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Methods of Sustainability Research in the Social Sciences

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© 2013 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Sustainability is a key word in the environmental vocabulary informing how research projects in the social sciences are framed. This book provides a systematic and critical review of the key research methods used when studying sustainable strategies and outcomes. It is divided into four areas:

o Part I: examines the key challenges inherent to social scientific sustainability research, examining the issues involved in combining social and natural/physical research methods.

o Part II: covers methodologies aimed at the investigation of attitudes and behaviour observable at the local level - from families and households to individual organizations within communities

o Part III: looks at sustainability research at the regional and national level - from the link between citizens and local communities to supra-national and global organisations

o Part IV: covers recent developments in social scientific sustainability research which are both multi-scalar and interdisciplinary

Bringing together contributions from international social scientists, the book will be suitable for academic and non-academic audiences in sustainability research and will be a core teaching text for undergraduate and postgraduates on courses in sustainability and sustainable development, geography and the environmental sciences.

 
PART ONE: MEASURING THE IMMEASURABLE? THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
Henrike Rau and Frances Fahy
Sustainability Research in the Social Sciences - Concepts, Methodologies and the Challenge of Interdisciplinarity
 
PART TWO: RESEARCHING LOCAL LIVES: EXPERIENCES OF (UN)SUSTAINABILITY AMONG INDIVIDUALS, HOUSEHOLDS AND COMMUNITIES
Stewart Barr and Jan Prillwitz
Household Analysis: Researching 'Green' Lifestyles, A Survey Approach
Anna Davies
Social Groups and Collective Decision-making: Focus Group Approaches
Mark Garavan
Local Lives and Conflict: Towards a Methodology of Dialogic Research
 
PART THREE: COMPARATIVE RESEARCH ON THE SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE OF CITIES, REGIONS AND NATION-STATES
Su-ming Khoo
Sustainable Development of What? Contesting Global Development Concepts and Measures
Veronika Gaube, Helmut Haberl, Karl-Heinz Erb
Biophysical Indicators of Society-Nature Interaction: Material and Energy Flow Analysis, Human Appropriation of Net Primary Production and the Ecological Footprint
Enda Murphy and Eoin A King
Mapping for Sustainability: Environmental Noise and the City
 
PART IV: TIME IN FOCUS
Melanie Jaeger-Erben
Everyday Life in Transition: Biographical Research and Sustainability
Henrike Rau and Ricca Edmondson
Time and Sustainability
 
PART V: CURRENT DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE TRENDS
Frances Fahy and Henrike Rau
Researching Complex Sustainability Issues: Reflections on Current Challenges and Future Developments

Methods of Sustainability Research fills a large gap in the literature of sustainability and green issues from a social science perspective. While there is a lot of work on what un/sustainability is... what we have less of is the varieties of methodological approaches to researching un/sustainability... An important book demonstrating the further maturation of the social science study of un/sustainability.
Dr John Barry
Queens University Belfast, author of The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability


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