There is a growing need to understand how existing concepts and tools for sustainability relate to each other and to a robust, trans-disciplinary systems perspective for sustainability. As a response, a group of scientists, including some of the authors, have developed a framework based on backcasting from sustainability principles over the last 20 years the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD), also known as The Natural Step Framework. The intent of this study is to scrutinize the existing framework as regards its social dimension. The study demonstrates dichotomies and lack of robustness and proposes a way forward to make the social dimension of the FSSD more cohesive as well as operational.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Cleaner Production|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2010|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Financial support from the Real Change Funding Partners – VINNOVA (The Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems), Tillväxtverket (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth), FORMAS (Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning), Naturvårdsverket (Swedish Environment Protection Agency) and Energimyndigheten (Swedish Energy Agency) – is gratefully acknowledged.
- Framework for strategic sustainable development
- Social sustainability
- Sustainability principles
- System analysis
- The natural step framework