Urban Social Sustainability: The Case Study of Nottingham, UK

  • Jenni Cauvain


This chapter synthesizes social sustainability literature from a range of disciplinary perspectives and makes the case for social justice at the heart of urban social sustainability. The case study focuses on Nottingham, UK, known as one of the UK’s greenest cities and a front-runner in environmental sustainability. However, from a social sustainability perspective, the city is faced with poverty and inequality that are difficult to tackle by means of local governance. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the relationship between environmental and socio-economic sustainability. The merits and challenges of social sustainability research at the city level are discussed, as well as the declining role of cities as public service providers in an age of austerity.


Social justice Urban sustainability Inequality Local government Nottingham - United Kingdom 



The author would like to thank Dr. Gavin Long, University of Nottingham, who created the maps used in this case study. The research for this chapter was enabled by funding from the Leverhulme Trust, under the research program grant Sustaining Urban Habitats—An Interdisciplinary Approach.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jenni Cauvain
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  1. 1.School of Sociology and Social PolicyUniversity of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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