Systems, Society and Sustainable Development Reading List 2007




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Systems, Society and Sustainable Development

Reading List 2007

1) Ecological Crisis and Sustainable Development


Required Reading

Baker S. (2006) The concept of sustainable development, Chapter 2 in Sustainable Development London, Routledge, pp. 17-48.

Parkin S., Sommer F. and Uren S. (2003) Sustainable Development: understanding the concept and practical challenge, Engineering Sustainability 156 (1) pp. 19-26.
Recommended Reading

Brown L. (2001) The Economy and the Earth, Chapter 1 in Eco-Economy London, Earthscan, pp. 3-23.

Dresner S. (2002) From Muir to Meadows, Chapter 2 in The Principles of Sustainability London, Earthscan, pp. 19-27.

Hardin G. (1995) The Tragedy of the Commons, Chapter 3 in Conca K., Alberty M. and Dabelko G. (eds) Green Planet Blues, Westview Press, pp. 38-45.

Jowitt P. (2004) Sustainability and the formation of the civil engineer Engineering Sustainability 157 pp. 79-88.

Malthus, T. R. (1798) An Essay on the Principle of Population, available online http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~stephan/malthus/malthus.0.html last accessed 25th October 2006.

Ponting C. (1992) The Lessons of Easter Island, Chapter 1 in A Green History of the World Harmondsworth, Middlesex, Penguin, pp. 1-7.

Redclift M. (2005) Sustainable Development (1987-2005): An Oxymoron Comes of Age Sustainable Development 13 pp. 212-227.

World Commission on Environment and Development (1987) Towards Sustainable Development, Chapter 2 in Our Common Future Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 43-66.

2) Water Crises


Required Reading

Butler D. and Memon F. A. (2006) Water consumption trends and demand forecasting techniques, in D. Butler and F. A. Memon (eds) Water Demond Management London and Seattle, IWA Publishing, pp. 1-26.

Gleick P. (2004) The Millennium Development Goals for Water: Crucial Objectives, Inadequate Commitments, in Gleick P. (ed.) The World’s Water 2004-2005 Washington, Island Press, pp. 1-15.
Recommended Reading

Ashley R., Blackwood D., Butler D., Davies J., Jowitt P. and Smith H. (2003) Sustainable decision making for the UK water industry Engineering Sustainability 156 pp. 41-49.

Bai X. and Imura H. (2001) Towards sustainable urban water resource management: a case study in Tianjin, China Sustainable Development 9 pp. 24-35.

Shiva V. (2002) Water Wars Cambridge MA, Southend Press.

United Nations Human Settlements Programme (2005) Water and Sanitation in the World’s Cities London and Sterling, Earthscan.

3) Tools for Sustainable Development


Required Reading

Hawken P., Lovins A. B. and Lovins L. H. (2000) The next industrial revolution, Chapter 1 in Natural Capitalism London, Earthscan, pp. 1-21.

Kibert C. J., Sendzimir J. and Guy G. B. (2002) Defining an ecology of construction, Chapter 1 in Construction Ecology London and New York, Spon Press, pp. 7-28.
Recommended Reading

Boyle C. A. (2005) Sustainable Buildings Engineering Sustainability 158 pp.41-48.

Demaid A. and Quintas P. (2006) Knowledge across cultures in the construction industry: sustainability, innovation and design Technovation 26 pp. 603-610.

Elkington J. (1999) Introduction: Is capitalism sustainable, Chapter 1 in Cannibals With Forks Oxford, Capstone, pp. 17-40.

Isenmann R. (2003) Industrial Ecology: shedding more light on its perspective of understanding nature as model Sustainable Development 11 pp. 143-158.

Nicholson I. R., Chambers N. and Green P. (2003) Ecological footprint analysis as a project assessment tool Engineering Sustainability 156 pp.139-145.

Steedman R. (2001) Engineering for Cities, Chapter 30 in Carpenter T. (ed) Environment, Construction and Sustainable Development Chichester, John Wiley and Sons Ltd, pp. 541-549.

4) Ecological Modernisation


Required Reading

Barry J. (2005) Ecological Modernisation, in Dryzek J. S. and Schlosberg D. (eds) Debating the Earth 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxford University Press, pp. 303-321.

Marx L. (1999) Environmental Degradation and the Ambiguous Social Role of Science and Technology, in Ker Conway J., Keniston K. Marx L. (eds) Earth, Air, Fire, Water Anherst, University of Masschsetts, pp. 320-338.
Recommended Reading

Davison A. (2001) Agenda, Chapter 1 in Technology and the Contested Meanings of Sustainability Albany, State University of New York Press, pp. 11-36.

Hay P. (2002) A Companion to Environmental Thought Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press.

Mol A. P. J., Sonnenfeld D. A. (eds) (2000) Ecological Modernisation Around the World London and Portland, Frank Cass.

Plumwood V. (1993) Introduction Feminism and the mastery of nature London, Routledge, pp. 1-18.

5) Complex systems and emerging sustainability


Required Reading

Clayton A. and Radcliffe N. (1996) Complex Adaptive Systems, Chapter 3 in Sustainability: a systems approach Boulder, Westview Press, pp. 28-48.

Hjorth P. and Bagheri A. (2006) Navigating towards sustainable development: A system dynamic approach Futures 38 pp. 74-92.
Recommended Reading

Allen T. F. H., Tainter J. A. and Hoekstra T.W. Supply-side sustainability New York, Columbia University Press.

Allenby B. (2005) The Human Earth, Chapter 1 in Reconstructing Earth London, Island Press, pp. 9-29.

Garcia E. (2000) Self-organising Complexity, Conscious Purpose and ‘Sustainable Development’, Chapter 11 in Spaargaren G., Mol A. P. J. and Buttel F.H. (eds) Environemtna and Global Modernity London, Sage pp. 229-253.

Gorman M. (2005) Earth systems engineering management: human behaviour, technology and sustainability Resources, Conservation and Recycling 44 pp. 201-213

Medd W. and Marvin S. (2005) Complexity and Spatiality: Regions, Neworks and Fluids in Sustainable Water Management, Chapter 28 in Richardson K. (ed.) Managing Organisational Complexity: Philosophy, Theory and Application Information Age Publishing, pp. 493-504.



6) Socio-technical systems: getting “the social” into technology


Required Reading

Hills S. and Birks R. (2004) Washroom behaviour and users' perceptions of "novel" water-efficient appliances Water Sciences and Technology: Water Supply 4 (3) pp. 13-23.

Sofoulis Z. (2005) Big Water, Everyday Water: A Sociotechnical Perspective Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 19 (4) pp. 445-463.
Recommended Reading

Shove E. (2002) Converging Conventions of Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience, available online http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fss/sociology/papers/shove-converging-conventions.pdf last accessed 25th October 2006.



7) Prometheus unbound? An introduction to Actor-Network Theory


Required Reading

Latour B. (1992) Where are the missing masses? Sociology of a door, available online http://www.ensmp.fr/~latour/articles/article/050.html last accessed 25th

Sismondo S. (2004) Actor-network theory, Chapter 6 in An Introduction to Science and Technology Studies Malden and Oxford, Blackwell Publishing, pp. 51-64.
Recommended Reading

Castree N. and MacMillan T. (2001) Dissolving Dualisms: Actor-networks and the Reimagination of Nature, Chapter 11 in Castree N. and Braun B. (eds) Social Nature: Theory, Practice and Politics London, Blackwell, pp. 208-224.

Callon M. (1986) The Sociology of an Actor-Network: The Case of the Electric Vehicle, in Callon M., Law J. and Rip, A. (eds) Mappling the Dynamics of Science and Technology London, MacMillan, pp. 19-34.

Latour B. (1993) Crisis, Chapter 1 in We Have Never Been Modern London, Longman, pp. 1-12.

Mulder K. (2007) Innovation for sustainable development: from environmental design to transition management Sustainability Science 2 pp. 253-263.

8) Sustainable consumption: The modern environmental movement and engineers


Required Reading

Shove E. (2003) Consumption, Everyday Life and Sustainability, Chapter 1 in Comfort, Cleanliness and Convenience Oxford, Berg, pp. 1-21.

van Vliet B., Chappells H. and Shove, E. (2005) Linking Utilities and Users, Chapter 2 in Infrastructures of Consumption London, Earthscan, pp. 13-27.
Recommended Reading

Klostermann J. and Cramer J. (2006) The Contextual Meaning of Sustainable Development: The Case of the Dutch Drinking Water Sector Sustainable Development 14 pp.268-276.



Twort A. C., Ratnayaka D.D. and Brandt M. J. (2000) Water Supply 5th Edition, London, IWA Publishing.





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