This volume establishes links between sustainable development, needs, well-being, and the capabilities approach that is central to human development and the United Nations Development Programme. By challenging the role of people in sustainability policy, the book's argument refocuses sustainable development on needs and makes it easier for people to relate positively to its core values.
'The collection of essays in this volume represents a significant and admirable effort to explore these links between capabilities, needs, and well-being and sustainable development. There is a fundamental connection between the two, but for too long the discussions of these have generally been kept separate.' - Dale S. Rothman (Denver University) 'The audacity, personal involvement and academic rigor of the editors of this volume make it a reference work for researchers and policy advisors interested in sustainable development and human flourishing.' - Monica Guillen-Royo (University of Bath) 'This book provides an informative first step to a hopefully very lively debate of relevance for sustainability science, developmental politics, ecological economics and (environmental) ethics alike." - Lieske Voget-Kleschin (University of Greifswald)
Preface: The Death and Rebirth of Economics Manfred Max-Neef 1. Needs, capabilities, and quality of life: Refocusing sustainable development Felix Rauschmayer, Ines Omann and Johannes Fruhmann 2. The overshadowing of needs John O'Neill 3. Sustainability as a challenge to the capability approach Ortrud Lessmann 4. From individual well-being to sustainable development: A path where psychologists and economist meet Sophie Spillemaeckers, Luc Van Ootegem and Gerben J. Westerhof 5. The life-chances concept: a sociological perspective on equity and sustainable development Paul-Marie Boulanger 6. Human needs frameworks and their contribution as analytical instruments in sustainable development policy-making Ivonne Cruz 7. A plea for the self-aware sustainability researcher: Learning from business transformation processes for transitions to sustainable development Felix Rauschmayer, Tell Muenzing and Johannes Fruhmann 8. Transition towards Sustainable Development: Which tensions emerge? How do deal with them? Ines Omann and Felix Rauschmayer
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Felix Rauschmayer is a senior research fellow at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany. Ines Omann is a lecturer in ecological economics and sustainability at the University of Graz and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Austria. She is also a senior researcher at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Austria. Johannes Fruhmann is a researcher at the Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Austria.