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Seeking Sustainability in an Age of Complexity

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  • Date Published: June 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521695329

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  • Seeking Sustainability in an Age of Complexity explains the difficulty of sustainability and why 'collapse' can occur. Using ideas from complexity theory, and its application in the areas of ecology, sociology and economics, Graham Harris weaves together a story showing just how complex the idea of achieving sustainability is, when applied at global and regional scales. This book will be of interest to ecologists, sociologists, economists, natural resource managers and scientists in State and local governments and those involved in water and landscape management.

    • Provides a unique view of sustainability and the management of landscapes and waterscapes
    • Draws together new ideas and concepts from ecology, sociology and economics to discuss the difficulties of avoiding 'collapse'
    • Discusses the problems of sustainability in the context of complexity theory and the important role of small scale interactions and individual decisions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Harris's ambition is commendable and necessary in our quest for more holistic understanding and action."
    Ralph Hamann, Environment

    "We have to be ready with the right ideas and proposals when the time comes, and Harris provides a useful and timely synthesis of many of those ideas."
    Robert Constanza, Trends in Ecology and Evoluation

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521695329
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Preamble: the world we are in
    2. Complex systems
    3. New science, new tools, new challenges
    4. The complexity of ecology
    5. The generation of complexity
    6. Micro interactions and macro constraints
    7. A changing sense of place
    8. Complexity in created landscapes
    9. Catchment form and function
    10. Catchment loads - ecosystem impacts
    11. Change detection, monitoring and prediction
    12. Evidence, uncertainty and risk
    13. Modified landscapes: biodiversity
    14. Function in modified landscapes
    15. Environmental flows
    16. Evidence for global change
    17. Values and beliefs
    18. Managing environmental, social and economic systems
    19. Linking multiple capitals
    20. Community, capacity, leadership and collaboration
    21. A new environmental paradigm
    22. Emergent problems and emerging solutions
    23. Avoiding collapse.

  • Author

    Graham Harris, University of Tasmania
    GRAHAM HARRIS is Director of ESE Systems Pty Ltd. in Tasmania and Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Environment at the University of Tasmania.

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