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Module Reading List

Introduction to Sustainability, 2019/20, Semester 1
Prof James Ford
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Pre-induction readings (optional but worth doing if you haven’t read them)

Kates et al. (2005). What is sustainable development? Goals, indicators, values and practice. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development (47), 3, 8–21.

UN (1986). Our Common Future. Chapter 2: Towards Sustainable Development

Week 1 October 1st: Introduction to the module & what is sustainability?

Griggs, D. et al. (2013). Policy: Sustainable development goals for people and planet. Nature 495, 305-307.

Steffen, W., et al. (2015). Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet. Science 347(6223). DOI:10.1126/science.1259855

Optional readings

Kates, R. W. et al. Environment and Development: Sustainability Science. Science 292, 641-642 (2001).

O’Neill, D. et al (2018). A good life for all within planetary boundaries. Nature Sustainability, 1(2), 88-95

Sarewitz, D. (2004). How science makes environmental controversies worse. Environmental Science & Policy 7, 385-403, doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2004.06.001.

Week 1, October 2nd: Sustainability issues and the Sustainable Development Goals

WWF. (2018). Living Planet Report - 2018: Aiming Higher. In M. Grooten, & R. E. A. Almond (Eds.). Gland, Switzerland: WWF International.

United Nations. (2015). Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, A/RES/70/1 (21 Oct 2015),

Optional reading

Bleischwitz, R. et al (2018). Resource nexus perspectives towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Sustainability, 1(12), 737-743

Week 1, October 2nd: Stakeholder management

Hörisch, J., Freeman, R. E., & Schaltegger, S. (2014). Applying Stakeholder Theory in Sustainability Management: Links, Similarities, Dissimilarities, and a Conceptual Framework. Organization & Environment, 27(4), 328–346. doi: 10.1177/1086026614535786

Laplume, A. O., Sonpar, K., & Litz, R. A. (2008). Stakeholder Theory: Reviewing a Theory That Moves Us. Journal of management., 34 (6), 1152-1189. doi: 10.1177/0149206308324322

Optional readings

Lemos, M. C. et al. (2018). To co-produce or not to co-produce. Nature Sustainability 1, 722-724.

Brown, R. R. et al (2105). How to catalyse collaboration. Nature 525, 315-317.

Week 1, October 3rd: Sustainability and business

Whiteman, G., Walker, B., & Perego, P. (2013). Planetary Boundaries: Ecological Foundations for Corporate Sustainability. Journal of Management Studies, 50(2), 307-336. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01073.x

Optional readings

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

Etzion, D. (2018). Managing for sustainability. Nature Sustainability, 1(12), 744-749

Week 1, October 4th: Assignment 1 briefing & sustainability in the news

  • Make sure you have read the assignment 1 instructions.
  • Think of 2 examples of sustainability in the news. be prepared to discuss these examples in class.

Week 1, October 4th: Sustainability and economics

Common, M / Stagl, S, 2005, Introduction to Ecological Economics (ch. 1), in: Common, M. and Stagl, S., Ecological Economics – An Introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (online book)

Raworth, Kate, 2017, Why it's time for Doughnut Economics,

Week 2, October 8th: Economic growth and environment

Common, M. and Stagl, S. (2005) Economic growth and the environment (ch. 7), in: Common, M. and Stagl, S., Ecological Economics: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (online book)

Jackson, T. (2017, 2nd ed.) The myth of decoupling (ch. 5), in (ibid.) Prosperity without growth: economics for a finite planet Earthscan / Routledge: London (Laidlaw / Boyle: Economics D-65 JAC)

Kallis, G., Kostakis, V., Lange, S., Muraca, B., Paulson, S., & Schmelzer, M. (2018). Research on Degrowth. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 43(1). doi:10.1146/annurev-environ-102017-025941

Week 2, October 9th: Sustainability and business case study

Moscato, E., and Cassel, M. (2019). Eating Bugs on Purpose: Challenges and Opportunities in Adapting Insects as a Sustainable Protein Case. SAGE Business Cases Originals. Doi: OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (IK 25/10/2019) 

Week 3, October 18th: Discussion on big issues in sustainability

Myers, N. (1997). Consumption: Challenge to sustainable development. Science 276, 53-55, doi:10.1126/science.276.5309.53 (1997).

Nagendra, H. (2018). The global south is rich in sustainability lessons

Nature 557(7706), 485-488.

Nerini, F. et al. (2019). Connecting climate action with other Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Sustainability, 2(8), 674-680

Week 5, October 31st: Preparing for the simulated climate negotiations assignment 

  • Make sure you have read the instructions for the group assignment
  • The online resource “Climate change: getting the big picture” by UNFCCC gives an introduction to the UN climate regime.

These optional readings provide insights on UN climate negotiations for the simulated UN COP meeting:

Dirnitrov, R., Hovi, J., Sprinz, D. F., Saelen, H. & Underdal, A. Institutional and environmental effectiveness: Will the Paris Agreement work? Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Climate Change 10, doi:10.1002/wcc.583 (2019).

Gupta J. (2011). A history of international climate change policy. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Climate Change. 2010;1(5):636-53

Kuyper, J., Schroeder, H. & Linner, B. O. (2018). The Evolution of the UNFCCC. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol 43 43, 343-368, doi:10.1146/annurev-environ-102017-030119 (2018).

Lesnikowski, A. et al. (2017). What does the Paris Agreement mean for adaptation? Climate Policy 17, 825-831, doi:10.1080/14693062.2016.1248889.

Winning, M. et al. (2019). Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement and the costs of delayed action. Climate Policy 19, 947-958, doi:10.1080/14693062.2019.1615858.

This list was last updated on 29/09/2019