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Module Reading List

Introduction to Sustainability, 2018/19, Semester 1
Prof James Ford
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

-What is sustainability (October 1st)

Adams (2009) Green Development, London. Routledge

Raworth, K. (2012): "A safe and just space for humanity: can we live within the doughnut." Oxfam Policy and Practice: Climate Change and Resilience 8.1 1-26. - Available online:

Raworth, K. (2017). Doughnut economics : seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist, Random House Business.


-Sustainability and business 9Octboer 2nd)

Elkinton, J. 1999.  Cannibals with forks : the triple bottom line of 21st century business ISBN: 1841120847 (pbk. : acid-free paper).  Oxford, UK: Capstone.

Utting, P.  2005.  Rethinking Business Regulation: From Self-Regulation to Social Control, UNRISD.  Available from[1]

Donaldson, T., & Preston, L. E.  1995.  The Stakeholder Theory of the Corporation. Concepts, Evidence and Implications. The Academy of Management review. ISSN: 0363-7425, 20(1): 65-91.

Hawkins, P., Lovins, A.B. and Lovins, L.H. 2000.  Natural capitalism : the next industrial revolution ISBN: 1853834610.  London: Earthscan.  Available from


-Social sustainability (October 3rd)

Chambers, R., 1994. The origins and practice of participatory rural appraisal. World development.. 22, 953-969.

Hickey, S and Mohan (2004) Participation, from tyranny to transformation? : exploring new approaches to participation in development, Zed Books, London

Kothari, U. 2001. Power, Knowledge and Social Control in Participatory Development. Pages 139-152 in B. Cooke and U. Kothari, editors, Participation, the new tyranny? Zed Books, London. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Reed, Dougill and Taylor (2007) Integrating local and scientific knowledge for adaptation to land degradation: Kalahari rangeland management options Land degradation and society, v 18(3) - Available online:

Thomas Sikor, Peter Newell, (104) Globalizing environmental justice?, Geoforum., 54 151-157

Vallance, Suzanne, Harvey C. Perkins, and Jennifer E. Dixon. 2011. What is social sustainability? A clarification of concepts. Geoforum. 42 (3):342-348.

West, P., and D. Brockington. 2006. An Anthropological Perspective on Some Unexpected Consequences of Protected Areas. Conservation biology. 20 (3):609-616.


-Frameworks for sustainability (October 3rd)

Rittel, Horst WJ, and Melvin M. Webber. "Dilemmas in a general theory of planning." Policy sciences. 4.2 (1973): 155-169. 

Morse, S., E. Fraser. 2005. Making dirty nations clean: The nation state and the problem of selecting and weighing indices as tools for measuring progress towards sustainability. Geoforum. 36(5) 114-127.


-Social constructions of nature (October 4th)

Cronon, W. 1996. The trouble with wilderness, or getting back to the wrong nature. In Uncommon ground : rethinking the human place in nature, ed. W. Cronon. New York: Norton.

Escobar, A. 1998. Whose Knowledge, Whose nature? Biodiversity, Conservation, and the Political Ecology of Social Movements. Journal of political ecology. 5:53-82.


-Social capital (October 5th)

Bebbington, A. 1999. Capitals and capabilities: a framework for analyzing peasant viability, rural livelihoods and poverty. World development. 27(12) 2021-2044.

Bullard, R. (2000) Dumping in Dixie : race, class and environmental quality, Westview press


Putnam, R.D. 2000. Bowling alone : the collapse and revival of American community. Simon & Schuste, New York r.


-Property rights (October 5th)

Fraser, E., A.J. Dougill, W. Mabee, M. Reed, P. McApline. 2006. Bottom Up and Top Down: Analysis of Participatory Processes for Sustainability Indicator Identification as a Pathway to Community Empowerment and Sustainable Environmental Management. Journal of environmental management. 78(2) 114-127.

Hardin, G. 1968. The Tragedy of the Commons. Science. 162 1243-1248.

Ostrom, 1999. Coping with tragedies of the commons,  Annual review of political science.  vol 2. p493


-Discussion on big issues in sustainability (October 12th)

Griggs D, Stafford-Smith M, Gaffney O, Rockstroem J, Oehman MC, Shyamsundar P, Steffen W, Glaser G, Kanie N, Noble I (2013) Sustainable development goals for people and planet. Nature. ISSN: 0028-0836; 1476-4687 495:305-307. 

Lewis, E., and Pinchot, A. (2016). Debunking 4 myths abut sustainable investing. World Resources Institute.

Malakoff D (2011) Are More People Necessarily a Problem? Science. ISSN: 0036-8075; 1095-9203 333:544-546

Myers, N. Consumption: Challenge to sustainable development. Science. ISSN: 0036-8075; 1095-9203 276, 53-55, doi:10.1126/science.276.5309.53 (1997).

Dasgupta PS, Ehrlich PR (2013) Pervasive Externalities at the Population, Consumption, and Environment Nexus. Science. ISSN: 0036-8075; 1095-9203 340:324-328.

Benson, MH., and Craig, R.K. (2014). The end of sustainability. Policy Review, 27, 7, 777-782

This list was last updated on 28/09/2018