Conclusion: Reflections on the State of the Art of Sustainability Assessment

Jenny Pope, Alan Bond, Angus Morrison-Saunders

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In this concluding chapter we offer some of our reflections on the state of the art of sustainability assessment based upon the contributions to this Handbook. We do not claim that this is a definitive summary of global sustainability assessment theory and practice, as this is not possible based solely on the 17 preceding chapters, varied and interesting though they are. The focus of this Handbook is sustainability assessment research, and the chapters reflect both applied research and more conceptual contributions. While many of the chapters have been written by members of the impact assessment community, some come from researchers on the edges of or even outside this community and as such offer some fresh perspectives on the conceptual foundations of sustainability assessment. We hope that this research focus means that this Handbook complements other recent and not so recent books on sustainability assessment that have more practical orientations, particularly: Sustainability Assessment: Criteria and Processes (Gibson et al., 2005); Sustainability Assessment: Pluralism, Practice and Progress (Bond et al., 2013b); and Sustainability Appraisal: A Sourcebook and Reference Guide to International Experience (Dalal-Clayton and Sadler, 2014).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Sustainability Assessment
EditorsAngus Morrison-Saunders, Jenny Pope, Alan Bond
PublisherEdward Elgar
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781783471379
ISBN (Print)9781783471362
Publication statusPublished - 25 Sep 2015

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