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Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 525–526 | Cite as

Sonya Remington-Doucette: sustainable world approaches to analyzing and resolving wicked problems

  • Richard SmardonEmail author
BOOK REVIEW
In the forward to this book Arnim Wiek from Arizona State University states that the author has made three major contributions with this book:
  • A holistic approach to sustainability challenges from a complex systems perspective;

  • Theoretical perspectives with practical case studies; and

  • Build students’ capacity to analyze sustainability challenges as well as develop viable solutions (Wiek in Remington-Doucette 2013, p. xi).

Although I submit Professor Wiek’s perspective may be biased a bit since he worked closely with the author on parts of this book- this reviewer finds that this book is the best approach that he has seen that combines systems theory applied to sustainability problem solving. In the past this reviewer has used such sources as Alan Atkisson’s The Sustainability Transformation, John Peet’s Energy and the Ecological Economics of Sustainability and Meadows’ Thinking in Systems a Primerfor connecting systems concepts to sustainability management and problem solving....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental StudiesSUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestrySyracuseUSA

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