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Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research

  • Presents an overview of the projects and methodology in the key area of sustainability and social sciences research

  • Provides tangible examples from various countries of how the link between social sciences and sustainable development may be pursued

  • Offers an interdisciplinary perspective and reflective analysis

  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: World Sustainability Series (WSUSE)

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Table of contents (27 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-ix
  2. Exploring the Connections: Sustainability and Social Science Research

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Interplays of Sustainability, Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation

      • Jennifer L. Johnson, Laura Zanotti, Zhao Ma, David J. Yu, David R. Johnson, Alison Kirkham et al.
      Pages 3-25
    3. Using Meta-Analysis in the Social Sciences to Improve Environmental Policy

      • Alexander Maki, Mark A. Cohen, Michael P. Vandenbergh
      Pages 27-43
    4. Integrating Social Science Research to Advance Sustainability Education

      • Christine Jie Li, Martha C. Monroe, Tracey Ritchie
      Pages 45-61
    5. Inclusive Sustainability: Environmental Justice in Higher Education

      • Flora Lu, Rebecca Hernandez Rosser, Adriana Renteria, Nancy Kim, Elida Erickson, Anna Sher et al.
      Pages 63-81
    6. Blockchain for Good? Digital Ledger Technology and Sustainable Development Goals

      • Richard Adams, Beth Kewell, Glenn Parry
      Pages 127-140
  3. Research and Behavioral Interventions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 141-141
    2. Psychological Distance and Response to Human Versus Non-Human Victims of Climate Change

      • Christie Manning, Hannah Mangas, Elise Amel, Hongyi Tang, Laura Humes, Rowena Foo et al.
      Pages 143-161
    3. Sustainability and Civic Engagement: A Communications Engagement and Education Plan

      • Madhavi Venkatesan, Jordan Remy, Andrew Sukeforth
      Pages 245-261
    4. Envisioning and Implementing Sustainable Bioenergy Systems in the U.S. South

      • John Schelhas, Sarah Hitchner, J. Peter Brosius
      Pages 301-314

About this book

In this handbook social science researchers who focus on sustainability present and discuss their findings, including empirical work, case studies, teaching and learning innovations, and applied projects. As such, the book offers a basis for the dissemination of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of research projects, especially initiatives which have influenced behavior, decision-making, or policy. Furthermore, it introduces methodological approaches and projects which aim to offer a better understanding of sustainability across society and economic sectors.

This multidisciplinary overview presents the work of researchers from across the spectrum of the social sciences. It stimulates innovative thinking on how social sciences influence sustainable development and vice-versa.


  • Sustainable Development
  • Social Sciences
  • Sustainability Transformation
  • Sustainability Research
  • Sustainability Education
  • International Perspectives on Sustainability
  • sustainability

Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Life Sciences, HAW Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

    Walter Leal Filho

  • Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

    Robert W. Marans

  • Graham Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

    John Callewaert

About the editors

Professor Walter Leal Filho (BSc, PhD, DSC, DPhil, DL, DEd, DLit) is a professor at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany, and at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is the founding director of the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre, a recently created centre aimed at supporting the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He has nearly 30 years experience on matters related to sustainable development, and has in excess of 300 publications to his credit.

Robert W. Marans, Ph.D. is Research Professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Planning in the university’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Throughout his career, he has conducted evaluative studies and research dealing with various aspects of communities, neighborhoods, housing, and parks and recreational facilities. His research has focused on user requirements and the manner in which attributes of the physical and sociocultural environments influence individual and group behavior and the quality of community life. Dr. Marans is the author or co-author of 7 books and more than 100 articles and technical reports. His most recent book, Investigating Quality of Urban Life: Theory, Methods, and Empirical Research was published by Springer (2011). His current work deals with cultural issues of sustainability and energy conservation in institutional settings including universities and the impact of the built and natural environments on quality of life.

John Callewaert, Ph.D. is the Emerging Opportunities Program Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute and a Lecturer in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan. As Program Director, John is responsible for designing, implementing, and overseeing a wide range of activities which support translational knowledge efforts involving subject matter experts, decision-makers, and key stakeholders. Dr. Callewaert came to the Graham Institute in 2009 after serving for two years as the Director of the University of Michigan-Flint Office of Research. From 2000-2007, Callewaert was the founding director of the Institute for Community and Environment at Colby-Sawyer College and an Associate Professor of Social Sciences and Education. Dr. Callewaert serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences and as an advisory board member for The Integrated Assessment Society and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Handbook of Sustainability and Social Science Research

  • Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Robert W. Marans, John Callewaert

  • Series Title: World Sustainability Series

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-67121-5

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-88381-6

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-67122-2

  • Series ISSN: 2199-7373

  • Series E-ISSN: 2199-7381

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: IX, 485

  • Number of Illustrations: 27 b/w illustrations, 44 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sustainability, Society, Development Studies, Management

Buying options

eBook USD 219.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-67122-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 279.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)