Sustainability indicators of irans developmental plans : application of the sustainability compass theorySustainability indicators of irans developmental plans : application of the sustainability compass theory
Faculty of Applied Economics
Faculty of Sciences. Bioscience Engineering
7(2015):11, p. 14647-14660
University of Antwerp
The main purpose of this study was to analyze Irans developmental plans in order to examine and compare their direction and conformity with the sustainable development theory via the compass of sustainability. The approach involves a content analysis used in line with qualitative research methodologies. The results indicated that, in the first developmental plans, there was no direct reference to sustainable development. In the second to fifth plans, the main focus was on the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of development; which were common elements seen in the policies of all the plans. An analysis of the fourth plan revealed that expressions related to sustainable development appeared more frequently, indicating a stronger emphasis on sustainable development by decision-makers.