Deconstructing Sustainable Development

By Ebun Akinsete and Margaret-Mary Nelson.

Published by The International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context

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This paper critically examines the notion of sustainable development as it attempts to further develop broader understanding on the subject of sustainability. While the definition of “sustainable development” provided by the Brundtland Commission is widely accepted, not only is it self-referencing in its use of the term “development,” but it also fails to reflect the multiple facets and themes embodied by sustainability. This paper, which forms part of a wider study, conducts a critical review of the literature on sustainability as it unpicks key elements of the concept before defining sustainable development in the context of its application and charting the evolution of the field. The research finds that sustainable development is an ongoing discourse between elements of a given system, which seeks to achieve and maintain environmental, social, and economic balance within the said system.

Keywords: Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Literature Review

The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp.53-71. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 1, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.722MB)).

Dr. Ebun Akinsete

Associate Lecturer, School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK

Dr. Margaret-Mary Nelson

Reader, Faculty of Advanced Engineering and Sciences, The University of Bolton, Bolton, UK