An Integrating Framework for Sustainable Communities: Exploring the Possibilities and Challenges

By Tanzi Smith, Juliet Willetts and Cynthia Mitchell.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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A framework for sustainable communities that integrates natural and social science perspectives and is derived from diverse methodological and theoretical approaches founded on ecological principles is explored in this paper.

Keywords: Ecological Principles, Sustainable Communities, Integration, Social Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 6, pp.79-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 842.768KB).

Tanzi Smith

Tanzi’s research interests reflect her broader interests in nature, the relationship between people and nature and the inclusion of diverse perspectives and world views in meeting the challenge of sustainability. She is particularly interested in the role that a connection between people and nature can play in achieving holistic sustainability, in the contested views of sustainability and the diverse motivations behind a decision to make changes toward sustainability. It is important to her to understand how these issues are considered from the perspective of people from different backgrounds and circumstances to her own, and to be able to contribute to these diverse voices being heard in the dialogue on sustainability. Tanzi has worked in both Australia and Vietnam.

Dr Juliet Willetts

Juliet Willetts is a Research Principal at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Juliet works towards sustainable change in practice and policy through learning. She has a keen interest in transdisciplinary research and what it takes to achieve integration across disciplines and knowledge systems. Her particular areas of expertise are sustainable water management and international development, particularly monitoring and evaluation and qualitative approaches to assessing change.

Assoc Prof Cynthia Mitchell

As Research Director and Associate Professor at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia’s Institute for Sustainable Futures, Cynthia’s goal is to create change towards sustainable futures. Her current work includes strategic analysis, policy advice, and learning/change creation materials development in the water and building sectors. She also coordinates the ISF postgraduate program. Her practice-based work for change overlays the principles from her science and engineering training with futures thinking, systems thinking, diffusion of innovation, learning, and ecological economics. She has published 4 monographs, about 25 international journal articles and 65 refereed conference papers, and has supervised 13 postgraduate students, including 7 in transdisciplinary sustainability studies.


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