Using critical systems thinking to foster an integrated approach to sustainability: a proposal for development practitioners

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dc.contributor.author Smith, T
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:33:16Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01
dc.identifier.citation Environment, Development and Sustainability, 2011, 13 (1), pp. 1 - 17
dc.identifier.issn 1573-2975
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/18081
dc.description.abstract Throughout the development sector, there is increasing recognition of links between the environment and aspects of development such as poverty alleviation, health, income generation, and agriculture. While furnished with a diverse range of perspectives and approaches, development practice is in need of ways to better conceptualize the interactions between the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainability so that opportunities for simultaneous improvement in human and ecological well-being can be identified more readily. Critical systems thinking is proposed as a way for development practitioners to conceptualize and act toward the integration of these economic, social, and environmental dimensions and, in so doing, support communities to nurture both human and ecosystem well-being. Four desirable attributes of a critical systems thinking approach to development are identified based on development literature, critical systems literature, and the authorï½s research into sustainability in semi-rural communities in Vietnam. The four attributes are `a systems thinking approach;ï½ `an ethical base to action and choices;ï½ `critical reflection permeates processes;ï½ and `appreciation of diverse views and application of diverse approaches.ï½ These attributes are described and then offered as the basis for further discussion of the ways in which simultaneous improvement of human well-being and ecosystem health can become an integral part of development practice.
dc.publisher Springer Netherlands
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1007/s10668-010-9243-y
dc.title Using critical systems thinking to foster an integrated approach to sustainability: a proposal for development practitioners
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Environment, Development and Sustainability
dc.journal.volume 1
dc.journal.volume 13
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Netherlands en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 17 en_US
dc.cauo.name DVCRch.Institute for Sustainable Futures en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 0502 Environmental Science and Management
dc.personcode 996606
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Environmental Science and Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Critical systems thinking; Ethics; Integrated approaches; Sustainability; Development practice. en_US
dc.description.keywords Critical systems thinking
dc.description.keywords Ethics
dc.description.keywords Integrated approaches
dc.description.keywords Sustainability
dc.description.keywords Development practice.
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/DVC (Research)/Institute For Sustainable Futures
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
utslib.collection.history Institute For Sustainable Futures (ID: 362)
utslib.collection.history Closed (ID: 3)


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