Sustainable Economics
Context, Challenges and Opportunities for the 21st Century Practitioner

Paper: 978 1 78353 151 6 / $60.00
Published: April 2015  

Cloth: 978 1 78353 154 7 / $180.00
Published: May 2015  

Publisher: Greenleaf
480 pp., 6 1/4" x 9 3/4"
This book marks a milestone in Economics publishing. It is the first comprehensive text on sustainable economics, a must-read for anyone studying postgraduate or senior undergraduate economics, human geography, environmental sustainability and sustainable development or working in today’s business environment. It is an essential text for Master of Business Administration (MBA) students. The book is not just designed to support current teaching, but comes with a package that delivers a complete module, with Powerpoint lecture slides, handouts, electronic links to 1000 of the leading books and papers written on the subject and a huge array of class-based projects and discussion topics, essay titles and aims, objectives, outcomes and experiences.

Sustainable economics is the subject of the moment, as business across the globe face up to significant issues such as peak oil, climate instability, increasingly complex environmental legislation and the challenge of adapting to a new business landscape. Yet for the average practitioner, sustainability is a difficult subject, demanding knowledge of biology, geography, social studies, history and economics. Additionally, there are over twenty different major schools of sustainable economics out there. Which, if any, offers the best way forward? Fundamental questions relating to economic growth and its relationship to environmental damage, skepticism related to climate change, obsession with reducing carbon emissions, the Hubbert curve, the environmental Kuznets curve, whether transition is possible and how it should be managed and measured, design, manufacturing, use and end-of-life aspects of products, all vie for attention.

What is needed is a clearly written book by experts in both economics and the environment, setting out the historical context of the subject, its development and its current status, using the literature of the leading minds in the field. A book that debugs the language of sustainable development, unravels the tangled threads of the subject, critiques the many schools of thought and sets out clear directions for the future. This book is Sustainable Economics.

An extensive pack of electronic supporting material is available online for free download. This includes a series of lectures totaling 500 slides with outlines and templates for use by lecturers, all figures and tables and a web linked reference system allowing you to instantly search and access the cited references in the book. Website details are inside the book.

Table of Contents:

Chapter One: Human Economic Activity: An Environmental Impact Assessment

Chapter Two: The Three Horsemen of the Modern Apocalypse: Climate, Pollution and Habitat

Chapter Three: Water, Energy and the Green Paradox

Chapter Four: Business and Biology: Can We Learn From Nature?

Chapter Five: Current Schools of Sustainable Thinking: Origins, Strengths and Weaknesses

Chapter Six: The Circular Economy

Chapter Seven: Design to Re-design

Chapter Eight: Generic Barriers to Change

Chapter Nine: Transition to a Sustainable Economy

Chapter Ten: Appropriate Indicators of a Sustainability Transition


Reviews & Endorsements:
The stated aim of the book is to “present a clear picture of current thinking on sustainability… it explores the strengths and weaknesses of the many and diverse schools of thought … disentangles the complex, often convoluted debates relating to sustainability … and prepares for the challenges of the future.” It does an excellent job of meeting this aim in a readable way, and will leave you thinking and in a sense uncertain - one of the really great features is that each chapter ends with a set of questions for debate, discussion and further thought – this uncertainty, and coping with that, is what sustainable economics will mean. I would highly recommend this book for anyone wanting a clear and expansive view of this complex but vital field.
- Ian Roderick, Director , The Schumacher Institute
"A comprehensive, crisp and highly concerning account of current sustainability thinking and the most important schools of economic thought. It will equip anyone in business, or studying business and economics, to disentangle their industrial ecology from their circular economy, and make them seriously question their role in shaping the future."
- Julie Hill , Green Alliance