Using critical systems thinking to foster an integrated approach to sustainability: a proposal for development practitioners

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dc.contributor.author Smith, Tanzi en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-12T03:33:16Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-12T03:33:16Z
dc.date.issued 2011 en_US
dc.identifier 2009004973 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Smith Tanzi 2011, 'Using critical systems thinking to foster an integrated approach to sustainability: a proposal for development practitioners', Springer Netherlands, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 1-17. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1573-2975 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/18081
dc.description.abstract Throughout the development sector, there is increasing recognition of links between the environment and aspects of development such as poverty alleviation, health, income generation, and agriculture. While furnished with a diverse range of perspectives and approaches, development practice is in need of ways to better conceptualize the interactions between the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainability so that opportunities for simultaneous improvement in human and ecological well-being can be identified more readily. Critical systems thinking is proposed as a way for development practitioners to conceptualize and act toward the integration of these economic, social, and environmental dimensions and, in so doing, support communities to nurture both human and ecosystem well-being. Four desirable attributes of a critical systems thinking approach to development are identified based on development literature, critical systems literature, and the authori??s research into sustainability in semi-rural communities in Vietnam. The four attributes are `a systems thinking approach;i?? `an ethical base to action and choices;i?? `critical reflection permeates processes;i?? and `appreciation of diverse views and application of diverse approaches.i?? These attributes are described and then offered as the basis for further discussion of the ways in which simultaneous improvement of human well-being and ecosystem health can become an integral part of development practice. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Springer Netherlands en_US
dc.title Using critical systems thinking to foster an integrated approach to sustainability: a proposal for development practitioners en_US
dc.parent Environment, Development and Sustainability en_US
dc.journal.volume 13 en_US
dc.journal.number 1 en_US
dc.publocation Netherlands en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 17 en_US
dc.cauo.name DVCRch.Institute for Sustainable Futures en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 050200 en_US
dc.personcode 996606 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Environmental Science and Management en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords Critical systems thinking; Ethics; Integrated approaches; Sustainability; Development practice. en_US
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dc.staffid 996606 en_US


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