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Sustainable development, 20 years on: methodological innovations, practices and open issues


  • Abdelillah Hamdouch
  • Bertrand Zuindeau


The aim of this introductory paper is to put into perspective some key methodological and practical issues raised by the analysis and implementation of Sustainable Development (SD) approaches in recent years. The key point made here is that, while SD analysis has gained in depth and methodological improvement, implementation issues remain problematic as they underlie serious institutional and strategic constraints. Through different angles, the five papers gathered in this special issue provide several illustrations of this ambivalence and emphasise some key practical challenges facing the design of workable SD policies and measures.

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  • Abdelillah Hamdouch & Bertrand Zuindeau, 2010. "Sustainable development, 20 years on: methodological innovations, practices and open issues," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 53(4), pages 427-438.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jenpmg:v:53:y:2010:i:4:p:427-438
    DOI: 10.1080/09640561003694286

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    1. Luca Salvati, 2014. "Toward a ‘Sustainable’ land degradation? Vulnerability degree and component balance in a rapidly changing environment," Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, Springer, vol. 16(1), pages 239-254, February.
    2. Amel ATTOUR & Marc-Hubert DEPRET, 2013. "TIC, soutenabilité et stratégie territoriale des villes durables : le cas des EcoCités en France
      [ICT, Sustainability and Territorial Strategy of Sustainable Cities: The EcoCities in France]
      ," Working Papers 36, Réseau de Recherche sur l’Innovation. / Research Network on Innovation.
    3. Vinnari, Markus & Tapio, Petri, 2012. "Sustainability of diets: From concepts to governance," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 46-54.


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