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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (25 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844072991
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844072996
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 819,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The book by Bell and Morse provides much insight and enlightenment to a wide audience that deals, in some way or another, with sustainability. The book challenges the current way of thinking; developing new practical approaches to sustainability that incorporates the views and values of local people is proposed as the science of the future. Academics and practitioners alike will find this book a must-have to the ever growing literature on sustainability.' Alan Brent, International Jourbnal of Sustainable Engineering

About the Author

Simon Bell is Director of the Bayswater Institute in London, a Senior Lecturer at the Open University and co-author with Stephen Morse of Measuring Sustainability (2003) and also co-author of How to Set Up Information Systems (2003).

Stephen Morse is Reader in development studies, Department of Geography, University of Reading, UK, and author of Indices and Indicators in Development (2004).

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I had low expectations for this book which I bought as part of my research into planning for sustainability and sustainability assessment methodology; however it quickly surpassed those and has actually proved to be a real asset. I was expecting another thoughtless discussion of simple quantitative sustainability indicators which generally do a poor job of representing real life complexities, and instead found that not only do the authors seem to agree with my opinion on this but they have thoroughly researched the topic both theoretically and practically and thus saved me much time.

I would recommend this book for anyone who is working, researching or interested in sustainability; how to plan for it, implement it and ultimately measure the success or otherwise of the intervention. Not only are lots of practical examples given and scenarios portrayed which make it interesting and real from a research point of view, but the authors write engagingly and thus the book is easy to read.

My only criticism would be that I felt the momentum of the book did not deliver as strongly in the end as seemingly promised throughout. The examples given were in some ways still quite theoretical and I was not completely convinced that a project stakeholder, whether private or governmental, would be willing to take on the complexity of approach suggested with the reward being possibly less than they would have anticipated (concrete answers for example). Perhaps a re-read and assignment to my own research situation would improve my perception of this aspect.

Overall a well recommended text which has the somewhat rare quality, in academic terms, of being highly readable as well as solid (social/development) science.
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A good read with easy to follow examples and a logical approach to all aspects of the topic of sustainability and how to measure it in a business setting.
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