Special Issue "Social Sustainability: Theory, Practice, Problems and Prospects"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2013)
Dr. Suzanne Vallance
Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, Lincoln University, P.O. Box 84, Christchurch, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 325 3838 (ext. 8747)
Fax: +64 3 325 3857
Interests: urban studies; socionatures; resilience; sustainability; communities; housing; food
Though sustainable development is said to rest on ‘three pillars’, one of these - social sustainability - has received significantly less attention than its bio-physical environmental and economic counterparts. In an attempt to highlight some of the concepts associated with, and attributed to, social sustainability Vallance, Perkins and Dixon (2011) presented a ‘clarification of concepts’ based on a framework of (a) ‘development sustainability’ (addressing basic needs); (b) ‘bridge sustainability’ (concerning changes in behaviour so as to achieve bio-physical environmental goals) and; (c) ‘maintenance sustainability’ (referring to the preservation of socio-cultural norms in the face of change). While this provides a useful starting point, much remains to be done, particularly around the reconciliation of the tensions between these different aspects. This special issue seeks contributions from scholars and practitioners whose theoretical or practical work either addresses these tensions between different aspects of social sustainability, or sheds light on the complex relationships between the social sustainability and bio-physical environmental/economic dimensions more generally.
Dr. Suzanne Vallance
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- social sustainability
- behaviour change
- socio-cultural norms