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Sustainable Development, 2021/22, Semester 1
Damian Howells
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Week 1, Lecture 1 (27/09/2021)

Glantz, Michael H., Alvin Z. Rubinstein and Igor Zonn (1993) Tragedy in the Aral Sea Basin. Looking back to plan ahead? Global Environmental Change June pp. 174-198

Glantz, Michael H. (2007) Aral Sea Basin: A Sea Dies, A Sea Also Rises Ambio Vol. 36, No. 4 (June) pp. 323-327

Micklin, P (2007) The Aral Sea Disaster Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences Vol. 35, pp. 47-72

Small I, J. van der Meer and R.E.G. Upshur (2001) Acting on an Environmental Health Disaster: The Case of the Aral Sea Environmental Health Perspectives 109:547–549

Whish-Wilson, P (2002) The Aral Sea environmental health crisis. Journal of Rural and Remote Environmental Health 1(2): 29-34 Available online 

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Week 1, Lecture 2 (29/09/2021)

Kates, R. W. et. Al 2001 Sustainability Science Science. Vol. 292 No. 5517 pp. 641-642

Kates, R.W., T.M. Parris, & A.A. Leiserowitz, 2005 What is Sustainable Development? Goals Indicators, Values and Practice. Environment 47 (3), pp. 8-21.

O’ Riordan, T. 2014 Environmental Science on the move IN T. O’RIORDAN ed. Environmental Science for Environmental Management. 2nd edition. Harlow: Prentice Hall pp. 1-28

Parris, T.M., and R.W. Kates, 2003 Characterizing a sustainability transition: goals, targets, trends and driving forces. PNAS 100 (14) pp.8068-8073.

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Week 2, Lecture 1 (04/10/2021)

Boserup, Ester 1981 Population and Technological Change: A Study of Long-Term Trends Chicago: University of Chicago Press  

Broad, R. (1994) The Poor and the Environment - Friends or Foes. World Development 22 pp. 811-822

Seidl, I. and C.A. Tisdell 1999 Carrying capacity reconsidered: from Malthus’ population theory to cultural carrying capacity. Ecological Economics 31, pp. 395-408

Stern, David I., Michael S. Common & Edward B. Barbier, (1996) Economic growth and Environmental degradation: the environmental Kuznets curve and sustainable development World Development, v. 24 no. 7, pp. 1151 – 1160

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Week 2 Lecture 2 (06/10/2021)

Elliot, Jennifer A. 2013 An Introduction to Sustainable Development. 4th edition. London: Routledge Chapter 1 “What is Sustainable Development?” pp. 8-56

O’Riordan, T. 2014 The Sustainability Debate Environmental Science for Environmental Management. Chapter 2, pp. 29-62.

Seyfang, G. 2003 Environmental mega-conferences: from Stockholm to Johannesburg and beyond. Global Environmental Change 13 (3), pp. 223-228

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Week 3, Lecture 1 (11/10/2021)

Sandstrom G 2012. How many ‘sciences’ are there? Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 1(10): 4-15.

Schoolman ED, Guest JS, Bush KF et al. 2012. How interdisciplinary is sustainability research? Analyzing the structure of an emerging scientific field. Sustainability Science 7:67–80.

Shneider AM 2009. Four stages of a scientific discipline; four types of scientist. Trends in Biochemical Sciences 34(5):217-223.

Stringer et al. (2006). Unpacking “participation” in the adaptive management of social–ecological systems: a critical review. Ecology and Society 11(2): 39.

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Week 3, lecture 2 (13/10/2021)

Benjamin, Alison & Brian McCallum (2008) A World Without Bees. London, Guardian Books 

Di Prisco et al (2013) Neonicotinoid clothianidin adversely affects insect immunity and promotes replication of a viral pathogen in honey bees PNAS vol. 110 no. 46 pp. 18466–18471

Henry, Mickaël, et. al. (2012) A Common Pesticide Decreases Foraging Success and Survival in Honey Bees Science Vol. 336 (6079) pp. 348-350.

Whitehorn, Penelope R., et al (2012) Neonicotinoid Pesticide Reduces Bumble Bee Colony Growth and Queen Production Science Vol. 336 (6079) pp. 351-352.

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Week 4, Lecture 1 (18/10/2021)

Crystal, David (2000) Language Death Cambridge University Press: Cambridge

Dalby, Andrew (2003) Language in Danger Penguin: London 

Evans, Nicholas (1998) Aborigines speak a primitive language in Laurie Bauer & Peter Trudgill (eds) Language Myths Penguin pp. 159 – 168

Krauss, M. (1992) The world’s languages in crisis. Language 68: pp. 4 -10.  

Nettle, Daniel & Suzanne Romaine (2000) Vanishing Voices. The Extinction of the World’s Languages Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press   

Sutherland, W.J. (2003) Parallel extinction risk and global distribution of languages and species. Nature 423 pp. 276-9.

Whaley, Lynsay (2003) The Future of Native Languages Futures 35 pp. 961 – 973

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Week 4, Lecture 2 (20/10/2021)

Gacheche, Kagure (2010) Challenges in implementing a mother tongue-based language-in-education policy: Policy and practice in Kenya POLIS JOURNAL Leeds University Vol. 4, winter.

Hindley, Reg (1990) The Death of the Irish Language Routledge: London & New York  

Ladefoged, Peter (1992) Another View of Endangered Languages Language Vol. 68, No. 4 pp. 809 – 11

Wisbey, M (2016) Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education. Asia-Pacific Multilingual Education Working Group, Bangkok. (copy on Minerva)

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Week 5, Lecture 1 (25/10/2021)

For the situation during the Imperial Age see the following:

Elvin, Mark 1998 The Environmental Legacy of Imperial China. In The China Quarterly no. 156 pp. 733-756

Economy, Elizabeth 2004 The River Runs Black. Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press pp. 27-57  

For a detailed discussion of the Ma Yinchu and Huang Wanli cases see:

Shapiro, Judith 2001 Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 1 pp. 21-65

For a detailed discussion of the Great Leap Forward period see:

Shapiro, Judith 2001 Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 2 pp. 67-93

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Week 5, Lecture 2 (27/10/2021)

For further details on the Three Gorges Dam Project see:

Edmonds, Richard Louis (2000) Recent Developments and Prospects for the Sanxia (Three Gorges) Dam IN Cannon, Terry (ed) China’s Economic Growth: The Impact on Regions, Migration and the Environment Houndmills : Macmillan Press Ltd. ; New York : St. Martin's Press pp. 161-183

For the South/North Water Transfer Project see:

Liu Changming (1998) Environmental Issues and the South-North Water Transfer Scheme The China Quarterly no. 156 pp. 899-910

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Week 6

NO LECTURES THIS WEEK – School of Earth & Environment Reading Week 

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Week 7 Lecture 1 (08/11/2021)

Anantharaman, M., Huddart-Kennedy, E. and Middlemiss, L., (2019) Who participates in community-based sustainable consumption projects and why does it matter? A constructively critical approach, IN Isenhour, C., Martiskainen, M., & Middlemiss, L. (eds.) (2019). Power and Politics in Sustainable Consumption Research and Practice Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge pp. 178- 

Corazza, M. and Dyer, J. (2017) A new model for inclusive sports? An evaluation of participants’ experiences of mixed ability rugby. Social Inclusion, 5(2), pp.130-140.

Dyer, J., Sandford, R. and Beckett, A. (2019) Evaluation of the Mixed Ability Sports Development Programme. Available online at:

Middlemiss, L. (2014) Individualised or participatory? Exploring late-modern identity and sustainable development. Environmental Politics23, 929-946

Taylor Aiken, G., Middlemiss, L., Sallu, S. and Hauxwell-Baldwin, R. (2017) Researching climate change and community in neoliberal contexts: an emerging critical approach. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 8(4), pp. 463-

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Week 7 Lecture 2 (10/11/2021)

Cherry, C., Scott, K., Barrett, J., Pidgeon, N. (2018) Public acceptance of resource-efficiency strategies to mitigate climate change. Nature Climate Change 8 pp. 1007-1012

Circle Economy (2019) The Circularity Gap Report: Closing the Circularity Gap in a 9% World. Amsterdam.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2019) Completing the Picture: How the Circular Economy Tackles Climate Change.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2013) Towards the Circular Economy Vol. 1. Cowes.

Peake, L. (2018) Less in, more out: using resource efficiency to cut carbon and benefit the economy. London.

Raworth, K. (2017) Create to Regenerate, in: Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think like a 21st Century Economist. Vermont: White River Junction. (accompanying video:  

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Week 8 Lecture 1 (15/11/2021)

Berkes, Fikret (2017) Sacred Ecology. Routledge. 

Bhagwat, Shonil A., and Claudia Rutte (2006) Sacred groves: potential for Biodiversity management. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 4.10 pp. 519-524. 

Holmes, George, Thomas Aneurin Smith, and Caroline Ward. (2018) Fantastic beasts and why to conserve them: animals, magic and biodiversity conservation. Oryx 52.2 pp. 231-239 

Pretty, Jules, et al. (2009) The intersections of biological diversity and cultural diversity: towards integration. Conservation and Society 7.2 pp. 100-112. 

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Week 8 Lecture 2 (17/11/2021)

Dietz, R., O'Neill, D.W., 2013. Enough Is Enough: Building a Sustainable Economy in a World of Finite Resources. Routledge, London.

Raworth, K., 2013. What is economics? Online video presentation.

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

Stern, N., 2007. The Economics of Climate Change: The Stern Review. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.  

Trucost, 2013. Natural Capital at Risk: The Top 100 Externalities of Business. A study undertaken on behalf of the TEEB for Business Coalition.

Urhammer, E., Røpke, I., 2013. Macroeconomic narratives in a world of crises: An analysis of stories about solving the system crisis. Ecological Economics 96, pp. 62-70.

Victor, P.A., 2008. Managing without Growth: Slower by Design, Not Disaster. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK.

Wiedmann, T.O., Schandl, H., Lenzen, M., Moran, D., Suh, S., West, J., Kanemoto, K., 2015. The material footprint of nations. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (20), 6271-6276.

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Week 9 Lecture 1 (22/11/2020)

General Reading

Clark, N., V. Chhotray, and R. Few. 2013. Global justice and disasters. The Geographical Journal 179 (2) pp. 98-104 

Cutter, S.L. (1996) Vulnerability to environmental hazards Progress in Human Geography, 20 (4) pp. 529–539

On Sri Lanka

Felten-Biermann (2006) Gender and Natural Disaster: Sexualized violence and the tsunami Development 49, pp.82–86. 

Keys, A., Masterman-Smith, H. & Cottle, D. 2006. The political economy of a natural disaster: The Boxing Day tsunami, 2004. Antipode, 38, pp. 195-204. 

Hyndman, J. 2008. Feminism, Conflict and Disasters in Post-tsunami Sri Lanka. Gender, Technology and Development, 12 (1) pp. 101-121 

MW Amarasiride Silva (2009) Ethnicity, politics and inequality: post‐tsunami humanitarian aid delivery in AmparaDistrict, Sri Lanka, Disasters 33 (2) pp. 253-273 

Boano, Camillo (2009) Housing anxiety and multiple geographies in post-tsunami Sri Lanka Disasters 33 (4) pp. 762-785

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Week 9 Lecture 2 (24/11/2021)

Levien, Micheal (2016) gender and land grabs in comparative perspective IN Melissa Leach (ed.) Gender Equality and Sustainable Development London; New York, NY : Routledge : Earthscan pp. 103-132  

Momsen, Janet, H. (2010) Gender and Development London, Routledge.

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Week 10 Lecture 1 (29/11/2021)

For an overview of environmental problems in China see:

World Bank (2007) Cost of Pollution in China. Economic Estimates of Physical Damage. Copy available on Minerva NB data used in the lectures was based on the executive summary (pp. xi - xx)

For details of the institutional and legal context of env. Management in China see: 

Chen, Gang (2010) Bureaucratic Structures on Environmental Protection IN Gang Chen Politics of China’s Environmental Protection Problems and Progress. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. Pp. 16 – 32 

Chen, Gang (2010) Environmental Legal Systems in China IN Gang Chen Politics of China’s Environmental Protection Problems. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. Pp. 33 – 40 

Lieberthal, Kenneth (2004) Governing China: from Revolution through Reform New York: W. W. Norton, 2nd edition Chapter 6, pp. 173 – 205 

Ma Xiaoying and Leonard Ortolano (2000) Environmental regulation in China: institutions, enforcement, and compliance Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield 

Palmer, Michael (2000) Environmental Regulation in the People’s Republic of China: The Face of Domestic Law IN Edmonds, Richard L. ed. Managing the Chinese environment Oxford: Oxford University press pp. 64-84 

Palmer, Michael (1998) Environmental Regulation in the People’s Republic of China: The Face of Domestic Law The China Quarterly, (156), pp. 788-808.

For a detailed discussion of the Huai River incident see:

Economy, Elizabeth (2004) The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press Chapter 1 pp. 1 – 26.

For the development and current situation of Environmental NGOs see:

Chen, Gang (2010) Environmental NGOs and Emerging Civil Society IN Gang Chen Politics of China’s Environmental Protection Problems and Progress. World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. Pp. 16 – 32 

Economy, Elizabeth (2004) The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China’s Future Ithaca & London: Cornell University Press Chapter 5 pp. 129-175 & chapter 7 pp. 221-256 

Knup, Elizabeth (1997) Environmental NGOs in China: An Overview China Environment Series (1) pp. 9 – 15   

For case studies relating to the implementation of environmental regulations in China see: 

Swanson, K., Kuhn, R. & XU, W. Environmental Policy Implementation in Rural China: A Case Study of Yuhang, Zhejiang. Environmental Management 27,481–491 (2001) 

Tilt, Bryan (2007) The Political Ecology of Pollution Enforcement in China: A Case from Sichuan’s Rural Industrial Sector The China Quarterly (192) pp. 915 – 932 

Van Rooij, Benjamin (2006) Implementation of Chinese Environmental Law: Regular Enforcement and Political Campaigns Development and Change volume 37 issue 1 pp. 57 – 74

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Week 10 Lecture 2 (01/12/2021)

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Week 11 Lecture 1 (06/12/2021)

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Week 11 Lecture 2 (08/12/2021)

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This list was last updated on 30/11/2021