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Pathways to urban sustainability

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  • Finco, Adele

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Nijkamp, Peter

Abstract

The concept of sustainable development has become very much "en vogue" in the past decade. We have also observed a shift in the interpretation of this concept from a global perspective to a meso perspective, i.e. a local, regional or sectoral level. This paper aims to highlight the urban dimension of environmental issues. After a sketch of urban pollution problems and of economie analysis tools, the notion of urban sustainability will be advocated as a meaningful analytical and policy concept. Next, the main focus of this paper will be on a typological approach to urban sustainability issues on the basis of three characteristic angles, viz strong and weak sustainability, absolute and relative decoupling and the spatial ecological footprint. Various methodological issues will also be discussed, while the paper will be concluded with some policy perspectives.

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Paper provided by VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics in its series Serie Research Memoranda with number 0027.

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Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:vuarem:2001-27

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  1. Kostas P. Bithas & M. Christofakis, 2006. "Environmentally sustainable cities. Critical review and operational conditions," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(3), pages 177-189.
  2. Nuno Quental & Júlia Lourenço & Fernando da Silva, 2011. "Sustainability: characteristics and scientific roots," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 257-276, April.

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