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Sustainability
A Biological Perspective

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  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521835336

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  • Encouraging students to engage in the challenges and complexity of sustainability, this text considers not only the theories underlying sustainability, but more importantly how theories are translated into practice and the difficulties of achieving this in the world in which we live. This pragmatic focus gives students a greater understanding of the practice of sustainability and highlights the challenges involved. Models and theories are illustrated throughout with real world examples to help students move away from the abstract and connect with genuine issues. The text begins by focusing on sustainable production and consumption and how they are related. The role of tools such as modelling and sustainability indicators are explored, and extended into the fields of stakeholder participation, livelihoods and evidence-based policy. The final chapter explores the interconnections between apparently disparate subjects and the importance of taking an interdisciplinary perspective.

    • Pragmatic focus on the translation of theory to practice gives students a greater understanding of the implementation of sustainability
    • Mathematical models are carefully explained and illustrated with real examples, helping the student to connect them with real issues
    • Coverage of maximum sustainable yield illustrates the problems inherent in managing complex systems and can be widely applied to a variety of contexts
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    "This is a useful text to make students recognize the interconnectedness that underlies conservation, agriculture and environmental management with economics, ethics and politics... Morse provides enough in this volume, from food miles to evidence based policy making, to challenge any ecologist, economist or even policy maker to think more broadly."
    David Walton, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society

    "The book represents an excellent overview and critique of methods designed to empirically measure sustainability of agriculture, fisheries, and industry. His scientific references are plentiful... Highly recommended."
    M.K. Bomford, Kentucky State University for Choice Magazine

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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521835336
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 89 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Sustainability: a word of our time
    2. Sustainable agriculture: more and more production
    3. Sustainable management of fisheries
    4. Applying sustainability to industry
    5. Social and economic dimensions to sustainability
    6. The 'doing' of sustainability
    7. Sustainability science?
    References
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Biology Concepts for Sustainability
    • Environment and Society
    • Environmental Science and Sustainability
    • First Year Seminar: Sustainability for Normal People
    • Ocean Conservation and Sustainability
    • Sustainability Science
    • Sustainability in a changing world
    • Sustainability, Science and Society
    • Sustainability: A Global Perspective
  • Author

    Stephen Morse, University of Reading
    Steve Morse has been involved in sustainable development projects and research for 30 years. His research interests focus on the practical achievement of sustainability in development and natural resource management and he has been involved with such projects across the world, including a recent six-year study on agriculture in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, the Higher Education Academy and the Institute of Biology and a member of the Development Studies Association.

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