Sustainability Theory and Conceptual Considerations: A Review of Key Ideas for Sustainability, and the Rural Context

  title={Sustainability Theory and Conceptual Considerations: A Review of Key Ideas for Sustainability, and the Rural Context},
  author={Lisa M.B. Harrington},
  journal={Papers in Applied Geography},
  pages={365 - 382}
  • L. Harrington
  • Published 1 October 2016
  • Economics
  • Papers in Applied Geography
ABSTRACT Sustainability and sustainable development have become important concepts and goals across science and society. Sustainability, connected to desirable long-term conditions, is an inherently applied pursuit in geography and other fields. An integrative statement of essential concepts on which sustainability studies and applications are being built has been lacking, however. Based on the literature, a number of key ideas or theoretical concepts are discussed here, including the… 
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