Exploring the possibility of a systematic and generic approach to social sustainability

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Merlina Missimer, Karl-Henrik Robèrt, Göran Broman, Harald Sverdrup
Title: Exploring the possibility of a systematic and generic approach to social sustainability
Journal: Journal of Cleaner Production
Year: 2010
Volume: 18
Issue: 10-11
Pagination: 1107-1112
ISSN: 0959-6526
Publisher: Elsevier
URI/DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.02.024
ISI number: 000278173000020
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (Sektionen för ingenjörsvetenskap - avd. för maskinteknik)
School of Engineering S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/ing/
Authors e-mail: Mis@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: There is a growing need to understand how existing concepts and tools for sustainability relate to each other and to a robust, trans-disciplinary systems perspective for sustainability. As a response, a group of scientists, including some of the authors, have developed a framework based on backcasting from sustainability principles over the last 20 years – the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD), also known as The Natural Step Framework. The intent of this study is to scrutinize the existing framework as regards its social dimension. The study demonstrates dichotomies and lack of robustness and proposes a way forward to make the social dimension of the FSSD more cohesive as well as operational.
Subject: Sustainability\General
Keywords: Sustainability principles, Social sustainability, Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development, The Natural Step Framework, System analysis
Note: Reprint submitted to Journal of Cleaner Production. Missimer, M., et al., Exploring the possibility of a systematic and generic approach to social sustainability, J Clean Prod (2010), doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.02.024
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