Sustainable Communities: New spaces for planning, participation and engagement"

Hardcover | March 10, 2008

EditorTerry Marsden

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This book brings together key debates and empirical cases from an international perspective exploring the ways in which more sustainable communities might develop. There is a growing recognition that more effective sustainable development cannot be achieved without the engagement of the ???local community???. But this is far from an unproblematic process, and it requires a critical examination of the nature of the potential links between what we now consider as ???community??? and sustainable development. The book critically reviews the literatures on sustainable communities before addressing through empirical case studies of Firm, State and Resource perspectives on attempts to create them. The volume is a synthesis of research work and debate conducted over recent years by members of the Economic and social Research Council??'s research centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS), under its sustainable communities programme.
*Critically explores and analyzes the policies, practices and strategies related to community involvement and how this shapes local environmental contexts
*Debates and shares experiences generated through the various empirical studies
*Considers the effectiveness of "stakeholder's dialogue" and relationships to reach consensus in ensuring the effective implementation of sustainable development practices
*Identifies innovative organization infrastructure and modes of (community) interactions which are conducive to community empowerment and regeneration
*Begins to provide a new evidence base to enhance multi-institutional learning possibilities in involving "local" communities in deriving improved sustainabledevelopment possibilities

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This book brings together key debates and empirical cases from an international perspective exploring the ways in which more sustainable communities might develop. There is a growing recognition that more effective sustainable development cannot be achieved without the engagement of the ???local community???. But this is far from an un...

Professor Terry Marsden is currently Head of the School of City and Regional Planning at Cardiff University, the largest school of planning within the UK (and a 5-star ranked department in the last RAE exercise). He is also a Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning, Director of the Environmental Planning Unit in the school and C...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.45 × 6.5 × 0.98 inPublished:March 10, 2008Publisher:Elsevier Science & TechLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Section 1 Theorising sustainable places: Sustainable communities
" Chapter 1: Denial or diversity? Creating new spaces of engagement for sustainable development. Terry Marsden. " Chapter 2: Unpacking the New Quest for Community: Some conceptual parameters. Terry Marsden and Frances Hines. Section 2 Firm perspectives
" Chapter 3: Models for Community Development: A case study of the mining industry. Natalia Yakovleva.
" Chapter 4: A Firm Perspective On Small Business-Community Relations. Heledd Jenkins.
" Chapter 5: Social Enterprises and Waste Management: Employment, engagement and environment for sustainable local communities. Francis Hines.

Section 3 State perspectives
" Chapter 6:Promoting Sustainable Communities in the U.K: A critical analysis of the Going for Green sustainable communities project. Andrea Collins.
" Chapter 7: Community Involvement in Forest Management: Analyses of case studies in Africa, Asia and Europe. Samarthia Thankappan.
" Chapter 8: Information and Communication technology, community participation and social inclusion: The role of public libraries in Wales. Alice Percival.

Section 4 Resource perspectives
" Chapter 9: Community Engagement in Sustainable Waste Management: The case of recycling in an urban context. Louise J Obara.
" Chapter 10: Engaged or Disconnected? Sustainable development, forestry and coalfield communities. Lawrence Kitchen.
" Chapter 11: Alternative Food Networks in Comparitive Perspective: Exploring their contribution in creating sustainable spaces. Terry Marsden, Roberta Soninno and Kevin Morgan.
" Chapter 12: Conclusions: Conceptual building blocks for sustainable communities: Firms, States and Resource Sectors.