|Published online: March 11, 2014||$US5.00|
The concept of social sustainability is discussed in a wide range of literatures with varying emphases; relating to multiple disciplines such as urban planning, international development and accountancy. Authors agree that a notion of social sustainability is difficult to define and comprises numerous component parts or criteria, such as community cohesion, human wellbeing, effective dialogue and the access that individuals and communities have to those that make important decisions on their behalf. The definition and measurement of these criteria and the role of social sustainability in decision making is a contentious issue (the holistic versus reductionist debate). We outline our journey towards a conceptual framework for social sustainability and how our earlier research on the role of dialogue during engagement on energy infrastructure development has led us to propose a conceptual framework for the inclusion of social sustainability criteria in decision making within a range of settings.
|Keywords:||Social Sustainability,, Energy infrastructure,, Dialogue,, Decision making,, Criteria|
The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice, Volume 9, Issue 3, April 2014, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 11, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 298.975KB)).
Centre Manager, Centre for Energy and Power Management, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire, UK
PhD Student, Centre of Energy and Power Management, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Director Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK