Articles

CELEBRATING THE MUNDANE: NATURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Journal Title: 
Environmental Values
Journal Number: 
22
Journal Volume: 
3
Journal Pages: 
401-413

The dualism of nature/culture widely present within Western society at large is out of step with an increasingly urbanizing world. Building on previous discussions of nature/culture duality, an integrative framework is presented that argues for the embracing of the ‘mundane nature’ found within human landscapes. As over half of the human population interacts with nature primarily within urban landscapes, increasing our awareness of such spaces is critical to understanding our ecological consciousness.

The Frog Dilemma: Urban Stream Restoration and the Nature/Culture Dialectic

Journal Title: 
Environments Journal
Journal Number: 
38
Journal Volume: 
1
Journal Pages: 
19-32

Stream daylighting projects are highly complex and require prolonged cooperation between multiple agencies and collaboration between diverse actors. Given most of these projects are quite expensive and require extensive effort in a very small area, a “frog dilemma” emerges in which the ecological benefits might seem to not justify the resources required. However such projects can bring significant ecological, economic and social benefits to urban areas, and aid in challenging the nature/culture divide.

TRIGGERING TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE: A DEVELOPMENT PATH APPROACH TO CLIMATE CHANGE RESPONSE IN COMMUNITIES

Journal Title: 
Climate Policy
Journal Number: 
14
Journal Volume: 
4
Journal Pages: 
467-487

While climate change action plans are becoming more common, it is still unclear whether communities have the capacity, tools, and targets in place to trigger the transformative levels of change required to build fundamentally low-carbon, resilient, healthy communities. Evidence increasingly supports the finding that this transformation is not triggered by climate policy alone, but rather is shaped by a broad array of decisions and practices that are rooted in underlying patterns of development.

HOMOPHILY AND AGENCY: CREATING EFFECTIVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT NETWORKS

Journal Title: 
Environment, Development and Sustainability
Journal Number: 
9
Journal Volume: 
79
Journal Pages: 
79-90

Community networks are self-organized groupings that form for many different reasons. Some networks, connected mainly through bonding ties, are based on personal interests and relationships; others, based mainly on bridging ties, centre around broader interests. These networks form to create collective agency for engaging with social, environmental, and other issues through the concentration of social capital.

Facilitating transdisciplinary sustainable development research teams through online collaboration

Journal Title: 
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Journal Number: 
11
Journal Volume: 
1
Journal Pages: 
36-48

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the potential of online communication technologies to facilitate university‐led transdisciplinary sustainable development research and lower the ecological footprints of such research projects. A series of case studies is to be explored.

The ‘agency’ of sustainable community development

Journal Title: 
Community Development Journal
Journal Number: 
46
Journal Volume: 
4
Journal Pages: 
476-492

This article describes research that builds on a previous study of social capital conducted in 2002 and 2003 in a Canadian community, exploring the relationship between agency and sustainable community development. It examines what is agency and, based on re- interviewing the ‘nodes’ or ‘connectors’ from previous research, it identifies the characteristics of agency and whether or not agency is an a priori condition for network formation and social capital at the community level. 

AGENCY AND SOCIAL CAPITAL: CHARACTERISTICS AND DYNAMICS

Journal Title: 
Community Development Journal
Journal Number: 
49
Journal Volume: 
1
Journal Pages: 
4-20

This research project explores the concept of ‘agency’ in the context of sustainable community development and the involvement of citizens in achieving social change and social innovation in their communities around community development issues. The concept of agency is normally understood as a noun – a team or structure of people performing specific tasks for a specific purpose Barber, 2001.

Agency: individual ‘Fit’ and sustainable community development

Journal Title: 
Community Development Journal
Journal Number: 
49
Journal Volume: 
3
Journal Pages: 
426-440

What makes one community survive an economic downturn, whilst others collapse? What gives one individual the ability to transcend a personal tragedy, whilst others hit the street? Many authors write about the importance of networks and social capital; this article explores the concept of agency, considered an a priori condition, at the individual level, for the mobilization of social capital and network formation. 

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND DATA POINTS: EXPLORING VISUALIZATIONS AS TOOLS FOR CONNECTING THE PUBLIC TO CLIMATE CHANGE RESEARCH

Journal Title: 
Cogent Social Sciences
Journal Number: 
1
Journal Volume: 
1

Data visualizations can serve as an integral component of online climate change research dissemination strategies, as they are effective and efficient ways for attracting diverse public audiences and delivering research information in a timely fashion. However, these visualizations can be highly varied in terms of form and ways of interaction, and this raises questions about the particular qualities of such media that influence their ability to connect with and inform diverse audiences.

Trans-disciplinary Research: An Academic-Practitioner Partnership Effort on Investigating the Relationship between the Cooperative Model and Sustainability

Journal Number: 
1
Journal Volume: 
4

This article details novel research methodology developed through a researcher-practitioner partnership and employed in a three-phase research effort that explored relationships between the co-operative model and sustainable development.