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Seeking Sustainability

Clive Spash

Environmental Values, 2014, vol. 23, issue 1, 1-5

Abstract: What does sustainability research do to help the environment? One might well wonder when observing the annual conference season with various academics and professors in sustainability science, ecological economics or environmental ethics driving to the airport to fly off to international meetings to discuss how bad things are getting, what should been done about it, and how time is running out for action. In fact, singling out a few academic groups is highly unfair because the link between practice and profession seems absent for many if not most. In the age of the environment and sustainability as a business opportunity or international agency career the room for simple precautionary practices, like not flying and not driving a car, seems increasingly small. You might even be liable to branding as unprofessional, or worse an eco-fundamentalist.

Keywords: Sustainability research; individual action; public policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 D46 Q01 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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