Accounting for sustainability: combining qualitative and quantitative research in developing ‘indicators’ of sustainability

@article{Scerri2010AccountingFS,
  title={Accounting for sustainability: combining qualitative and quantitative research in developing ‘indicators’ of sustainability},
  author={A. Scerri and P. James},
  journal={International Journal of Social Research Methodology},
  year={2010},
  volume={13},
  pages={41 - 53}
}
  • A. Scerri, P. James
  • Published 2010
  • Business
  • International Journal of Social Research Methodology
Indicators‐based projects are currently central to many local, city‐wide, national and international sustainability initiatives. The quantitative basis of many such projects means that achieving sustainability through them is often undertaken as a technical task. The size, scope and sheer number of indicators included within many such projects means that they are often unwieldy and resist effective implementation. Arguably, the techno‐scientific ‘edge’ inherent in them tends to blur the… Expand
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