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Type: Journal article
Title: Assessing urban sustainability from a social democratic perspective: a thematic approach
Author: Davidson, K.
Kellett, J.
Wilson, L.
Pullen, S.
Citation: Local Environment: the international journal of justice and sustainability, 2012; 17(1):57-73
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 1469-6711
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Kathryn M. Davidson, Jon Kellett, Lou Wilson and Stephen Pullen
Abstract: Conventional typologies that seek to categorise indicators of urban sustainability tend to draw upon the neoliberal, silo approach for conceptualising sustainability, which positions sustainability as having economic, social and environmental dimensions. This approach has been critiqued for its inability to account for challenges to sustainability arising from interactions between social, economic and environmental variables. Models that are incapable of assessing dimensional interactions and their collective outcomes are also incapable of providing critiques that address entrenched structural challenges to sustainability. This paper proposes a new thematic approach based on Australian research to classify indicators for urban sustainability. The proposed approach shifts the categorisation of indicators from a neoliberal ontology to a social democratic foundation by proposing a model for assessing urban development relational to themes of amenity, accessibility, equity and environmental performance relative to resource conservation. The proposed approach is intended to be sensitive to integrating social, economic and environmental considerations with land use planning to improve the natural and built environments of communities.
Keywords: Urban sustainability; assessment; indicators; sustainability; social democracy
Rights: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2011.631990
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