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Title
Sustainable development : a bird's eye view
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Abstract
At the turn of the millennium, the worlds political leadership adopted sustainable development as a leading model for societal development. However, the terms sustainable development, sustainability and sustainable are sometimes over- and misused despite wide consensus about the concepts meaning among sustainability scholars and practitioners. While the concept allows various sustainability views to co-exist, random conceptualizations which do not respect the fundamental sustainability principles undermine the concepts objective to steer action. This lack of understanding of sustainability arguably inhibits its practical realization and a proper understanding of sustainability is urgently needed. In this paper we aim to contribute to a better understanding of sustainability by adopting a birds eye perspective. We review the rich contemporary literature, with a specific focus on the terminology, genesis, fundamental principles, mainstream views of sustainability, and several governing aspects. Further, using the evolving body of sustainability literature, the paper provides arguments to combat common misconceptions of sustainability.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Sustainability
Publication
2011
ISSN
2071-1050
Volume/pages
3:10(2011), p. 1637-1661
ISI
000208763700001
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Last edited 28.04.2017
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