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Sustainable development*: a guide to library resources

 *Note that Australian Sustainable Development resources are located in the Sustainable Development section of the Environmental Studies Australia guide


Starting Points

 The following is a selection of recent overviews and introductory texts.

Atlas of global development (World Bank) [print]
[Visual guide to contemporary development issues]

Environmental management for sustainable development (2nd edition, 2006) [print]
[Introduction to the nature and role of sustainable development]

Environmental sustainability: a consumption approach (2006) [print]
[Addresses the issue of environmental sustainability in relation to rapid economic growth in some developing countries]

Governance for sustainable development: a foundation for the future (2005) [print]
[The table of contents is linked here]

Introduction to sustainable development (2006) [print]
[Examines the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of sustainable development]

Introduction to sustainable development (3rd edition, 2006) [print]
[Introduction to the  ideas behind and practices flowing from the notion of sustainable development with a particular focus on the developing world. The table of contents is linked here]

Making development geography (2007) [print]
[Comprehensive introduction to the fundamental debates in development geography]

Our common future (1987) [print]
[Landmark report of the World Commission on Environment and Development which examined the prospects of  global environment and development beyond 2000]

Spaces of sustainability : geographical perspectives on the sustainable society (2007) [print]
[Geographical analysis of the sustainable society]

Sustainable development (2006) [print]
[A table of contents is linked here]

Trends in sustainable development (2006) [web access]
[Report from the UN Division for Sustainable Development on developments and trends in sustainable development

Finding Books

Books can be found by searching the library catalogue. Keyword searching is probably the best way of identifying material, and your results will be maximised by using keyword searching techniques such as truncation and Boolean searching, and by incorporating subject headings into your search where appropriate. Here are some examples on how to construct searches:

"sustainable development" and governance
"economic policy" and "environmental aspects"
"sustainable development" and "developing countries" and women
 (globalisation or globalization) and environmental
"environmental policy" and (china or india)

Finding Journal Articles

Journal articles can be found through databases listed in the Databases for Geography guide.

Researchers needing to undertake a more comprehensive literature search should note the following bibliographies:

ELDIS database [web access]
[Search by topic for on-line documents & web pages on development policy issues]

SD-Cite [web access]
[Searchable database on sustainable development policy from the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Research Library]

Sustainable development literature: a transdisciplinary overview & bibliography [electronic]
[Two articles published in vol. 40.5 (1997) of the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management. Also available in print format

There are also printed bibliographies held by the library which are probably most useful for identifying earlier material on Sustainable Development

Web Resources

The following are starting points for locating resources on the Web

Development Gateway
[The Development Foundation's portal for development information]

Directory of Development Organizations
[Lists contacts of development organizations that offer support, information and advice to low-income countries]

Earth Council Alliance
[The Earth Council's aim is to promote and advance the implementation of sustainability]

Global Development Network
[The goal of the Global Development Network is to support research in the social sciences to promote development]

IIED (International Institute for Environment & Development)
[An international policy research institute working for more sustainable & equitable global development]

IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development)
[The International Institute for Sustainable Development is committed to sustainable development around the world]

Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
[A leading organisation for research, teaching and communications on international development]

International Development Research Centre
[The mission of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is to help developing countries find solutions to social, economic & environmental problems]

IUCN - The World Conservation Union
[Its mission is to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable]

Sustainable Development Communications Network
[A network of organizations seeking to accelerate the implementation of sustainable development]

SD dimensions
[Serves as a gateway to FAO's sustainable development information]

Sustainable Rural Development Information System
[Created by CIESIN & the World Bank, SRDIS is a library of Internet-based resources most useful for resolving rural issues of global, national & local importance]  

United Nations Division for Sustainable Development
[Key UN body for the promotion of sustainable development]

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
[Provides a platform for companies to explore sustainable development]

World Resources Institute (WRI)
[The World Resources Institute is an independent centre for policy research and technical assistance on global environmental and development issues]

World Wide Web Virtual Library : Sustainable Development
[The WWW Virtual Library guides are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to Web resources]

Last Update: 11 May 2009 Helen Attar