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This topical collection examines a wide variety of themes and topics which link the environment to social policy and welfare. Following an introduction by the editors which assesses how social scientists have contributed to the greening of social policy, a series of ten articles by leading scholars in the field pursues three key themes: The nature of green political and social theory Policy areas where environmental considerations are paramount Pathways to sustainabilityThese papers represent the best current scholarship on the realignment of social policy to confront environmental issues. Taken together, they present a challenging socio-environmental agenda for social policy.
1. Editorial Introduction: Michael Cahill (Reader in Social Policy, University of Brighton) and Tony Fitzpatrick (Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Nottingham). 2. Rethinking Politics for a Green Economy: A Political Approach to Radical Reform: Douglas Torgerson (Professor, Trent University, Canada; director of Centre for the Study of Theory, Culture & Politics). 3. Green Citizenship: Hartley Dean (Professor of Social Policy, University of Luton). 4. Making Welfare for Future Generations: Tony Fitzpatrick (Lecturer in Social Policy, University of Nottingham). 5. The Sustainable Use of Resources on a Global Scale: Meg Huby (Lecturer in Social Policy, University of York). 6. Food, Social Policy and the Environment: Towards a New Model: Tim Lang (Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, Thames Valley University), David Barling (Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Food Policy, Thames Valley University) and Martin Caraher (Reader in Food and Social Policy, Centre for Food Policy, Thames Valley University). 7. People, Land and Sustainability: Community Gardens and the Social Dimension of Sustainable Development: John Ferris (director, Community Policy Research Ltd, Nottingham), Carol Norman (freelance garden consultant & former teacher & occupational therapist) and Joe Sempik (independent environmental researcher). 8. Turning the Car Inside Out: Transport, Equity and Environment: Juliet Jain (PhD student, Centre for Science Studies, Lancster University) and Jo Guiver (PhD student, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds). 9. The Greens & Social Policy: Movements, Politics & Practice?: John Barry (Reader in Politics, Queen's University, Belfast) and Brian Doherty (Lecturer in Politics, Keele University). 10. Democracy, Social Relations and Ecowelfare: Paul Hoggett (Professor of Politics & director of the Centre for Psycho-Social Studies, University of the West of England). 11. The Implications of Consumerism for the Transition to a Sustainable Society: Michael Cahill (Reader in Social Policy, University of Brighton).
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Dr Tony Fitzpatrick is Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Nottingham. Dr Michael Cahill lectures in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton.