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Sustainability Science

An Introduction

  • Equips readers with key perspectives and topics of inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability science

  • Helps readers to get a quick and easy accessible overview of sustainability science through the book’s concise and didactical presentation

  • Written by an international team of authors teaching at leading institutions of sustainability science

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Table of contents (30 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    • Harald Heinrichs, Arnim Wiek, Pim Martens, Gerd Michelsen
    Pages 1-4
  3. Sustainable Development – Background and Context

    • Gerd Michelsen, Maik Adomßent, Pim Martens, Michael von Hauff
    Pages 5-29
  4. Transformational Sustainability Research Methodology

    • Arnim Wiek, Daniel J. Lang
    Pages 31-41
  5. Green and Sustainable Chemistry

    • Klaus Kümmerer, James Clark
    Pages 43-59
  6. Sustainability and Ecosystems

    • Henrik von Wehrden, Goddert von Oheimb, David J. Abson, Werner Härdtle
    Pages 61-70
  7. Sustainability Assessment of Technologies

    • Sjouke Beemsterboer, René Kemp
    Pages 71-83
  8. Corporate Sustainability Management

    • Stefan Schaltegger, Erik G. Hansen, Heiko Spitzeck
    Pages 85-97
  9. Sustainable Development in Economics

    • Michael von Hauff
    Pages 99-107
  10. Sustainable Development and Law

    • Marjan Peeters, Thomas Schomerus
    Pages 109-118
  11. Finance and Sustainability

    • Olaf Weber
    Pages 119-127
  12. Sustainability: Politics and Governance

    • Harald Heinrichs, Frank Biermann
    Pages 129-137
  13. Sustainability Communication

    • Daniel Fischer, Gesa Lüdecke, Jasmin Godemann, Gerd Michelsen, Jens Newig, Marco Rieckmann et al.
    Pages 139-148
  14. Sustainability and Science Policy

    • Uwe Schneidewind, Mandy Singer-Brodowksi, Karoline Augenstein
    Pages 149-160
  15. Justice and Sustainability

    • Sonja Klinsky, Aaron Golub
    Pages 161-173
  16. Sustainability Ethics

    • Nils Ole Oermann, Annika Weinert
    Pages 175-192
  17. Ocean Space and Sustainability

    • Jan H. Stel
    Pages 193-205
  18. Sustainable Landscape Development

    • Michael Stauffacher, Pius Krütli
    Pages 207-217
  19. Sustainable Development and Material Flows

    • Beatrice John, Andreas Möller, Annika Weiser
    Pages 219-230
  20. Sustainable Energy Systems

    • Stefan Lechtenböhmer, Lars J. Nilsson
    Pages 231-246

About this book

This textbook provides a comprehensive compilation of conceptual perspectives, methodological approaches and empirical insights of inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability science. Written by an international team of authors from leading sustainability institutions, the textbook covers key perspectives and topics of the scientific discourse on sustainable development. More than two decades after conceptualizing sustainability as societal guiding vision and regulative idea the necessity of concretizing and realizing sustainability in societal praxis is bigger than ever. Sharply improved individual and societal sustainable decision-making and action is necessary for a better future of humankind and the planet. On that account problem- and solution-oriented perspectives and competencies are crucial. The different chapters assemble an encompassing view of essential foundations and specific areas of research and action in sustainability science and practice. The textbook aims at fostering the further establishment of sustainability science in higher education and to enable the next generation of sustainability experts to tackle the challenging and exciting topic of sustainable development.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Sustainability Governance (INSUGO), Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

    Harald Heinrichs

  • Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

    Pim Martens

  • Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany

    Gerd Michelsen

  • School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

    Arnim Wiek

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Sustainability Science

  • Book Subtitle: An Introduction

  • Editors: Harald Heinrichs, Pim Martens, Gerd Michelsen, Arnim Wiek

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-7242-6

  • Publisher: Springer Dordrecht

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

  • Copyright Information: Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2016

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-94-017-7241-9Published: 04 December 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-94-024-1322-9Published: 27 March 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-94-017-7242-6Published: 26 November 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 367

  • Number of Illustrations: 30 b/w illustrations, 33 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Sustainable Development, Geoecology/Natural Processes, Social Sciences, general

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