Understanding sustainability: Synergetic views from environmental and ecological economics

Walid Ahmed, Chamhuri Siwar, Nasyrah Ahmad Damanhuri, Rabiul Islam

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A critical review of the environmental and ecological literature on sustainable development reveals a lack of a conceptual framework for understanding sustainability. A review shows that the definitions of sustainability differ from one disciplinary field to another. Therefore, this article aims to conceptually synthesize the interdisciplinary literature on sustainability, from environmental and ecological perspectives. This article critically explores environmental and ecological literature on sustainability recognizing the views of the two perspectives, and then synthesizes concepts, where each concept has distinctive synergetic meanings. The analytical process elaborates a set of concepts that together assemble the conceptual framework for enhancing our understanding about sustainability. The research question which this article tries to answer is whether environmental and ecological economics as two perspectives adequately provide synergetic views for enhancing our understanding in view of sustainability. If so, what is the conceptual framework for enhancing our understanding about sustainability?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1659-1668
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in Environmental Biology
Volume6
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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Keywords

  • Ecological economics
  • Environmental economics
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable development

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Understanding sustainability : Synergetic views from environmental and ecological economics. / Ahmed, Walid; Siwar, Chamhuri; Damanhuri, Nasyrah Ahmad; Islam, Rabiul.

In: Advances in Environmental Biology, Vol. 6, No. 5, 05.2012, p. 1659-1668.

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Ahmed, W, Siwar, C, Damanhuri, NA & Islam, R 2012, 'Understanding sustainability: Synergetic views from environmental and ecological economics', Advances in Environmental Biology, vol. 6, no. 5, pp. 1659-1668.
Ahmed, Walid ; Siwar, Chamhuri ; Damanhuri, Nasyrah Ahmad ; Islam, Rabiul. / Understanding sustainability : Synergetic views from environmental and ecological economics. In: Advances in Environmental Biology. 2012 ; Vol. 6, No. 5. pp. 1659-1668.
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