A formal framework for theories of sustainability

Christen, Marius and Schmidt, Stephan. (2010) A formal framework for theories of sustainability. In: The Sixteenth Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference. Conference Proceedings. ISDRS, pp. 1-16.

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In the sustainability discourse we find much disagreement about the idea of sustainability resulting  in  the  unsatisfactory  situation  that  different,  or  even  contradictory,  policies  are  provided  as  contri­ butions  to  a  sustainable  development.  In  the  sustainability  sciences  we  are  facing  an  analogue  situation  since  we  do  not  have  clear  criteria  to  decide  whether  a  research  project  contributes  to  these  sciences  or  not  (1).  Examining  various  strategies  to  solve  the  challenge  of  arbitrariness  we  argue  to  adopt  a  meta­perspective  (2).  In  the  central  part  of  this  paper,  we  thus  describe  a  formal  framework  for  theories  of  sustainability  consisting  of  fundamental  and  practical  modules  (3).  Sub­ sequently,  we  visualise  the  framework’s  functionality  by  the  discussion  of  a  management  rule  (4).  We  conclude  that  the  framework  strengthens  sustainability  sciences  and  its  self­conception  insofar  as  the  proposed  framework  provides  an  instrument  to  decide  if  a  research  project  can  be  counted  among these sciences, and that it may provide a helpful basis to solve the policy­problem (5).
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung > Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (Burger)
UniBasel Contributors:Christen, Marius and Schmidt, Stephan
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Conference or workshop item Subtype:Conference Paper
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