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)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Suzanne Vallance
Faculty of Environment, Society and Design, Lincoln University, P.O. Box 84, Christchurch, New Zealand
Website: http://www.lincoln.ac.nz/staff-profile?staffId=Suzanne.Vallance
E-Mail: suzanne.vallance@lincoln.ac.nz
Phone: +64 3 325 3838 (ext. 8747)
Fax: +64 3 325 3857
Interests: urban studies; socionatures; resilience; sustainability; communities; housing; food

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor


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  • social sustainability
  • development
  • behaviour change
  • socio-cultural norms
  • contradictions
  • practice
  • theory

Published Papers (4 papers)

by ,  and
Sustainability 2013, 5(8), 3275-3287; doi:10.3390/su5083275
Received: 25 March 2013; in revised form: 15 July 2013 / Accepted: 16 July 2013 / Published: 2 August 2013
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by , ,  and
Sustainability 2013, 5(11), 4561-4577; doi:10.3390/su5114561
Received: 20 August 2013; in revised form: 8 October 2013 / Accepted: 22 October 2013 / Published: 25 October 2013
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by  and
Sustainability 2013, 5(11), 4889-4907; doi:10.3390/su5114889
Received: 1 September 2013; in revised form: 29 October 2013 / Accepted: 11 November 2013 / Published: 14 November 2013
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by  and
Sustainability 2014, 6(2), 913-934; doi:10.3390/su6020913
Received: 1 July 2013; in revised form: 23 December 2013 / Accepted: 11 February 2014 / Published: 21 February 2014
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Last update: 24 July 2012

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