“Sustainable Development: Capabilities, Needs and Well-being”: New book out now!

In October 2010 the book „Sustainable Development: Capabilities, Needs and Well-being“ co-edited by two SERI colleagues (Ines Omann and Johannes Frühmann) and Felix Rauschmayer has been published by Routledge. Contributors besides the editors are Paul-Marie Boulanger, Ivonne Cruz,  Ortrud Lessmann, Manfred Max-Neef, Tell Muenzing, John O’Neill, Luc Van Ootegem, Sophie Spillemaeckers, and Gerben J. Westerhof.

Sustainable Development (SD) is most prominently defined with respect to the needs of current and future generations. Political and scientific discussion, though, refrains from this concept, even though much can be gained by referring to needs. This book brings together chapters that clarify the concept of needs directly or relate it to other scientific approaches. On the one hand, there is the capability approach which is widely used by human development studies and politics and can thus be utilized for bringing the Brundtland definition of SD into practice. On the other hand, meeting needs is intrinsically linked to well-being which is the main driver for human action.

“This groundbreaking new work establishes links between sustainable development, needs, well-being, and the capabilities approach that is central to human development and the United Nations Development Programme. This exciting new book incites a whole new way of looking at sustainable development.”

The book can be ordered at the Routledge website.

The executive summary can be found here .

For further questions please contact Ines Omann (ines.omann@seri.at)

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