Futures Research and Environmental Sustainability: Theory and Method

James K. Lein

December 1, 2016 by CRC Press
Reference - 148 Pages
ISBN 9781498716604 - CAT# K25408

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  • Brings together material not previous integrated into a single work
  • Offers a detailed and complete treatment of the subjects
  • Emphasizes useful information and methods that can be put to work
  • Synthesizes and compares multiple methods and discusses how each methodology manages uncertainty
  • Connects the core aspects of sustainability science: long-term thinking, uncertainty, embeddedness in society, and problem solving


This book explores the challenges of presenting sustainability as a more actionable or practical concept and identifying approaches that might offer useful assistance in addressing the temporal and spatial representation of sustainability. The underlying premise of this book is that sustainability is a state realized in the future. In that future there is a geographic arrangement of society and economy that agrees with its environmental setting. This future perspective introduces a little examined subject area that can lend significant content to the sustainability challenge: Futures Research.


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