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Sustainability Indicators: Measuring the Immeasurable

By: Simon Bell and Stephen Morse

228 pages, Figs, tabs


Paperback | Mar 2008 | Edition: 2 | #173528 | ISBN-13: 9781844072996
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The groundbreaking first edition of Sustainability Indicators reviewed the development and value of sustainability indicators and discussed the advantage of taking a holistic and qualitative approach rather than focusing on strictly quantitative measures. In the new edition the authors bring the literature up to date and show that the basic requirement for a systemic approach is now well grounded in the evidence.

They examine the origins and development of the Systemic Sustainability Analysis (SSA), which has been developed in practice in a number of countries on an array of projects since the first edition. They also look at how SSA has evolved into Systemic Prospective Sustainability Analysis (SPSA) and now into IMAGINE, and they provide an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of projects that undertake work in the general field of sustainable development, and, in particular, how a wide range of participatory methodologies have been adopted over the years.

* 'Explores new ways of thinking about how to measure sustainability... It offers stimulating food for thought for environmental educators and researchers' Environmental Education Research * 'Tells me, as an SI practitioner", where I have been and why, and more importantly how I should be thinking in order to effectively present to and empower the local community' David Ellis, Principal Pollution Monitoring Officer, Norwich City Council"


Foreword * Part I: The Bad Application of Good Science? * Sustainability and Sustainability Indicators * Sustainability Indicators in Practice * Indicators, Cities, Institutions and Projects * Part II: The Application of Grounded and Pragmatic Systemisism * Paradigms and Professionals * Projects and Sustainability Indicators * Imagine: An Example of a Systemic Sustainability Analysis * Part III: Where Next? Humility and Honesty * Sustainability Indicators: The Rhetoric and the Reality * Index

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Simon Bell is senior lecturer at the Open University and co-author with Stephen Morse of Measuring Sustainability (2003) and also co-author of How to Set Up Information Systems (2003). Stephen Morse is reader in development studies, Department of Geography, University of Reading, UK, and author of Indices and Indicators in Development (2004).

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