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Reshaping Environments
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability in a Complex World

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Ian Lowe, Helena Bender, Blythe McLennan, Sun Sheng Han, Kathryn Williams, Rebecca Ford, Ian Bishop, Eric Smith, Ruth Beilin, Graham Moore, Dominique Hes, Michael Stewardson, Edward Maltby, Anna Bailey, Roger Hadgraft, Kate Judith, Clinton Golding
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  • Date Published: October 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107688667

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  • Reshaping Environments: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability in a Complex World draws together a team of specialist authors from disciplines including urban planning, social sciences, engineering and environmental science to examine the diverse influences humans have upon the natural environment. This interdisciplinary approach presents multifaceted responses for complex environmental issues. The book explores current environmental science theories to provide a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge. Drawing on a range of case studies, it develops core analytical skills for application to real-world environmental issues. Reshaping Environments gives environmental science students the tools and insight to comprehend the range of influences society imposes on the natural environment. It is essential reading for those interested in creating a mutually beneficial future for human society and the natural environment.

    • An Australian book with a global focus
    • A case-study focused textbook that helps students connect theory with skills and practice
    • Takes an interdisciplinary approach by drawing together a diverse team of authors from different disciplines to cater for first-year students considering a major in a variety of fields, such as environmental science, geography or engineering
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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107688667
    • length: 426 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 203 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 83 b/w illus. 12 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Ian Lowe
    Introduction: reshaping environments: an opportunity for envisioning the future Helena Bender
    Part I. Cases:
    1. Costa Rica's dry north-west: a region in transition Blythe McLennan
    2. Reshaping land transport in Singapore: a policy perspective Sun Sheng Han
    3. Evaluating different ways of managing forested landscapes Kathryn Williams, Rebecca Ford, Ian Bishop and Eric Smith
    4. Changing the landscape management paradigm with farmers: a story of community-based resource management in the 'Heartbreak Hills', Victoria, Australia Ruth Beilin
    5. Meeting development goals without blowing your carbon budget Graham Moore
    6. The EGLE has landed: architecture reshaping schools for sustainable and effective learning Dominique Hes
    7. Reshaping the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia: progress in river basin management Michael Stewardson and Edward Maltby
    8. Burning questions: researching the meaning of fire in the Australian landscape Blythe McLennan and Ruth Beilin
    Part II. Skills:
    9. Critique, analysis and reflection: the study of reshaping environments Anna Bailey
    10. Working with complex issues in group situations Roger Hadgraft and Helena Bender
    11. Research methodology Kate Judith
    Part III. Theory:
    12. An interdisciplinary approach Clinton Golding
    13. Reshaping the environment: how complexity, post-normal science, uncertainty and risk help to conceptualise change Ruth Beilin
    14. Sustainability: a model for the future Helena Bender, Kate Judith and Ruth Beilin
    15. Human needs, wants and norms: some concepts for exploring sustainable human-environment relationships Kathryn Williams
    16. Conceptualising and thinking about environmental systems Graham Moore
    17. Why scale matters Blythe McLennan and Graham Moore.

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