Social scientists interested in the interactions between human society and the environment regard sustainability as a key concept in their field. This study provides a systematic and critical review of established and emerging methodological approaches, as well as tools for the integrated investigation of sustainability questions. The scope of this study ranges from the local to the global recognizing the significance of the scale for sustainability efforts and measurement. It is divided into five sections:
Section one investigates the key challenges inherent in social scientific sustainability research. It focuses in particular on methodological questions that arise from recent efforts towards greater disciplinary integration.
Section two discusses the methodologies that aim at the investigation of attitudes and behavior observable at the local level - from families and households to individual organizations within communities.
Section three focuses on comparative sustainability research across different levels of socio-political organization - from cities and regions to nations and states.
Section four covers the recent developments, which recognize the significance of time for sustainability research and offer innovative methodological approaches focusing on life events and long-term outcome.
Section five provides a critical assessment of current and future trends in social-scientific sustainability research.
This is the perfect resource for academics and practitioners interested in sustainability research because it brings together contributions from international social scientists. It is a core teaching text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in sustainability and sustainable development, geography, environmental sociology and the environmental sciences.