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Planetary Passport

Re-presentation, Accountability and Re-Generation


Part of the Contemporary Systems Thinking book series (CST)

Table of contents

About this book


This book explores the implications of knowing our place in the universe and recognising our hybridity. It is a series of self-reflections and essays drawing on many diverse ways of knowing. The book examines the complex ethical challenges of closing the wide gap in living standards between rich and poor people/communities. The notion of an ecological citizen is presented with a focus on protecting current and future generations. The idea is to track the distribution and redistribution of resources in the interests of social and environmental justice. The central argument looks for ways to hold the powerful to account so as to enable virtuous living by the majority to be demonstrated in what the author calls a “planetary passport” - a careful use of resources and a way to provide safe passage to those in need of safe habitat. The book argues that nation states need to find ways to control the super-rich through the governance process and to enhance a sense of shared ecological citizenship and responsibility for biodiversity. The fundamental approach is collaborative research.


Planetary Passport: Representation, Accountability and Re-Generation is comprised of six chapters. Chapter 1 begins by making a case for a paradigm shift away from business as usual and the pursuit of profit at the expense of the social and environmental fabric of life. The aim is to explore alternatives and to discuss some ways of achieving wellbeing whilst the focus is on human rights, discrimination and outlining the notion of a planetary passport. Chapter 2 makes a specific link between people and the planet as a basis for understanding the nature of hybridity and interconnectedness and the implications for ethics. Chapter 3 focuses on building this planetary passport for social and environmental justice in order to enable people with complex needs to consider the consequences of either continuing to live the same way as before or making changes to the way that they live. Meanwhile Chapter 4 does the same as the previous chapter, but explores the political context of consumption and short term profit Chapter 5 examines the challenges and opportunities that come from explorations within a cross-cultural learning community. This includes a look at co-creation and co-determination. Finally Chapter 6 ends with a look to the future and a potential new framework for people and the planet through a planetary passport.



Critical Systems Thinking Participatory Governance Participatory Democracy Participatory Action Research Re-generation Governance Systems Ethics Stewardship

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social and Policy StudiesFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

About the authors

Janet McIntyre-Mills is an Associate Professor at Flinders University, Adjunct Professor at the University of Indonesia and Islamic National University in Indonesia, and Honorary Professor at the University of South Africa. Her research focuses on systemic representation, accountability and regeneration applied to social and environmental justice concerns such as health, housing and social inclusion and the mitigation and adaptation to climate change. She addresses complex needs by exploring the meanings and ‘what if’ questions with diverse stakeholders. 

Her books include:  ‘Global Citizenship and social movements’ (Routledge), ‘Critical Systemic Praxis for social and environmental justice’ (Springer), ‘User-centric design to address complex needs’ (Nova Science). ‘Transformation From Wall Street to Wellbeing: Joining up the dots through Participatory Democracy and Governance to Mitigate the Causes and Adapt to the Effects of Climate Change’.  (Springer) and ‘Systemic ethics and Non-anthropocentric Stewardship: Implications for Transdisciplinarity and Cosmopolitan politics’ (Springer).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Planetary Passport
  • Book Subtitle Re-presentation, Accountability and Re-Generation
  • Authors Janet McIntyre-Mills
  • Series Title Contemporary Systems Thinking
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contemp.Systems Thinking
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-58010-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-86303-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-58011-1
  • Series ISSN 1568-2846
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XLVI, 371
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 71 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Business Ethics
    Development and Social Change
    Public Administration
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