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Type: Journal article
Title: Sustainability decision-making frameworks and the application of systems thinking: An urban context
Author: Davidson, K.
Venning, J.
Citation: Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability, 2011; 16(3):213-228
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1354-9839
1469-6711
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Kathryn M. Davidson and Jackie Venning
Abstract: The literature cites the importance of systems thinking to operationalise sustainability. However, the application of a systems approach for sustainable development is not widely applied. The failure to take advantage of systems thinking results in decision-making processes being less effective than they could be. As the complexity of decision-making for built environment professionals becomes more challenging with increasing pressures, such as population, climate change and greater resource use efficiency, more robust frameworks are required to inform decisions-making processes for a sustainable future. This paper proposes a decision-making framework for sustainability embedded within an interpretative approach to systems thinking. This conceptual framework is applied to evaluate planning/development decision-making processes for sustainability available within the public domain.
Keywords: integrated decision-making; sustainability; sustainable cities; systems theory; sustainability assessment; urban planning tools
Rights: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
RMID: 0020110960
DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2011.565464
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