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Information, Models, and Sustainability

Policy Informatics in the Age of Big Data and Open Government

  • Jing Zhang
  • Luis Felipe Luna-Reyes
  • Theresa A. Pardo
  • Djoko S. Sayogo

Part of the Public Administration and Information Technology book series (PAIT, volume 20)

About this book

Introduction

​This book reflects on the emerging trends, development, and challenges of policy on sustainability using information technology, and provides valuable insights to both research and practice communities. Sustainability has become an important focus for government, civil society and the corporate community world-wide. Growing interest in addressing environmental deterioration and associated social inequality and economic challenges is shifting focus to this important issue. The lack of fresh water and arable land, extreme weather, rising cost of relying on fossil fuels, and poverty and regional instability, are drawing attention to the need for government intervention and policy instruments that encourage the development of sustainable alternatives. Governments can play a very important role in facilitating sustainable development through better public policies. First of all, public investments can be directed toward establishing incentives for renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, and land and water conservation, or toward leveling the field for sustainable alternatives by phasing out the subsidies directed to unsustainable production and development. Second, regulatory and pricing mechanisms could help with the development of markets for sustainable products. This book engages policy informatics analytical and modeling approaches, stakeholder engagement in policy development, implementation and evaluation, and big data and policy informatics to generate valuable insights in the policy on sustainable energy, and will be on interest to researchers in public administration and sustainability, open data and information technology ecological economics.​

Keywords

Environmental management Environmental policy studies Information technology Open data Public administration Sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Jing Zhang
    • 1
  • Luis Felipe Luna-Reyes
    • 2
  • Theresa A. Pardo
    • 3
  • Djoko S. Sayogo
    • 4
  1. 1.WorcesterUSA
  2. 2.University at Albany, Albany, NY, USASan Andrés Cholula, PueblaMexico
  3. 3.AlbanyUSA
  4. 4.AlbanyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25439-5
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-25437-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-25439-5
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