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Sustainable development: a bird's eye view

(2011) SUSTAINABILITY (BASEL). 3(10). p.1637-1661
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At the turn of the millennium, the world’s political leadership adopted sustainable development as a leading model for societal development. However, the terms “sustainable development”, “sustainability” and “sustainable” are sometimes over- and misused despite wide consensus about the concept’s meaning among sustainability scholars and practitioners. While the concept allows various sustainability views to co-exist, random conceptualizations which do not respect the fundamental sustainability principles undermine the concept’s objective to steer action. This lack of understanding of sustainability arguably inhibits its practical realization and a proper understanding of sustainability is urgently needed. In this paper we aim to contribute to a better understanding of sustainability by adopting a bird’s eye perspective. We review the rich contemporary literature, with a specific focus on the terminology, genesis, fundamental principles, mainstream views of sustainability, and several governing aspects. Further, using the evolving body of sustainability literature, the paper provides arguments to combat common misconceptions of sustainability

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Waas, Tom, Jean Hugé, Aviel Verbruggen, et al. “Sustainable Development: a Bird’s Eye View.” SUSTAINABILITY (BASEL) 3.10 (2011): 1637–1661. Print.
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Waas, T., Hugé, J., Verbruggen, A., & Wright, T. (2011). Sustainable development: a bird’s eye view. SUSTAINABILITY (BASEL), 3(10), 1637–1661.
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Waas, Tom, Jean Hugé, Aviel Verbruggen, and Tarah Wright. 2011. “Sustainable Development: a Bird’s Eye View.” Sustainability (basel) 3 (10): 1637–1661.
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Waas, Tom, Jean Hugé, Aviel Verbruggen, and Tarah Wright. 2011. “Sustainable Development: a Bird’s Eye View.” Sustainability (basel) 3 (10): 1637–1661.
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Waas T, Hugé J, Verbruggen A, Wright T. Sustainable development: a bird’s eye view. SUSTAINABILITY (BASEL). 2011;3(10):1637–61.
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T. Waas, J. Hugé, A. Verbruggen, and T. Wright, “Sustainable development: a bird’s eye view,” SUSTAINABILITY (BASEL), vol. 3, no. 10, pp. 1637–1661, 2011.
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  abstract     = {At the turn of the millennium, the world’s political leadership adopted sustainable development as a leading model for societal development. However, the terms “sustainable development”, “sustainability” and “sustainable” are sometimes over- and misused despite wide consensus about the concept’s meaning among sustainability scholars and practitioners. While the concept allows various sustainability views to co-exist, random conceptualizations which do not respect the fundamental sustainability principles undermine the concept’s objective to steer action. This lack of understanding of sustainability arguably inhibits its practical realization and a proper understanding of sustainability is urgently needed. In this paper we aim to contribute to a better understanding of sustainability by adopting a bird’s eye perspective. We review the rich contemporary literature, with a specific focus on the terminology, genesis, fundamental principles, mainstream views of sustainability, and several governing aspects. Further, using the evolving body of sustainability literature, the paper provides arguments to combat common misconceptions of sustainability},
  author       = {Waas, Tom and Hugé, Jean and Verbruggen, Aviel and Wright, Tarah},
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  journal      = {SUSTAINABILITY (BASEL)},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {10},
  pages        = {1637--1661},
  title        = {Sustainable development: a bird's eye view},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2011},
}