Sustainability Science

The Emerging Paradigm and the Urban Environment

  • Michael P. Weinstein
  • R. Eugene Turner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Managing the Earth’s Life Support Systems: The Emergence of Sustainability Science and Transdisciplinarity

  3. Balancing Ecology and Economy: Natural Capital and Quality of Life

  4. From Science to Policy: Managing the Commons, Social Learning, and Social Responsibility

  5. The Ecology of Cities

  6. Restoring and Rehabilitating Ecosystems: Return from the Precipice

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 439-441

About this book


A new paradigm for ‘use-inspired’ research, informed decision making and development of science-based policy is emerging at the very heart of the global sustainability transition.  Sustainability science attempts to unravel the complexities of the coupled Human-Environment System and address the core sustainability challenges of the 21st century:

•   Reconciling society’s development goals with the planet’s environmental limits

•   Understanding the fundamental character of interactions between nature and society

•  Advancing the social and technological knowledge related to sustainability, and using such  knowledge for action

• Balancing social and environmental well-being, quality of life, and equity with wise-management and conservation of natural resources

The topics in this book focus on emerging research and policy in, a) sustainability science, b) the ecology of cities, c) landscape ecology – scale, spatial patterns, organizational levels, and ecological processes, and d) related topics in resource exploitation and management, the valuation of natural and social capital, habitat and biodiversity conservation, social learning, ecosystem based management, and integrated watershed-coastal zone management.

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael P. Weinstein
    • 1
  • R. Eugene Turner
    • 2
  1. 1.PSEG Institute for Sustainability StudieMontclair State UniversityMontclairUSA
  2. 2.Louisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3187-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3188-6
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