Special Issue "What is Sustainability? Examining Faux Sustainability"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
In their book Sustainability: If It’s Everything, Is It Nothing? (Routledge, 2013), Heather M. Farley and Zachary A. Smith make the point that often what is called sustainability is not sustainable at all. They call this faux sustainability.
Sustainability should help guide policies and practitioners with the means of preserving the environment and the natural capital as well as the relationships between social, environmental and economic systems. Nevertheless, policies are often made with little understanding of how they will be implemented and, often, they are implemented based on false premises. This Special Issue will provide case studies of faux sustainability. It will provide examples of the use of the term sustainability for practices that are not sustainable in the long term. We welcome articles that examine false sustainability in corporate, governmental, and non-profit organisations; individuals; educational institutions or any other sector.
Sustainability science is often focused on quantifying the outcomes of the political efforts in terms of economic growth, environmental degradation or social well-being, etc. In this Special Issue, we invite you to contribute articles, concept papers and reviews that question the very foundations of the sustainability imaginaries and ideologies.
Dr. Zachary A. Smith
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- Policy implementation
- Sustainability imaginaries
- Faux sustainability
- Policy failure
- False advertising