Below is a periodically-updated list of peer-reviewed and select non-peer-reviewed articles related to sustainability. Please use the comment section of this page to offer recommendations.
American Public Media, Sustainability Coverage in a Variety of Media
- At American Public Media we are telling the unfolding story of sustainability as it becomes a larger issue in the national and global dialogue over the use of Earth’s resources. This website showcase sustainability stories produced by our family of radio programs.
Science Daily, Sustainability News
- Collated science-based news stories on topics related to sustainability
- Leading international, peer-reviewed journal on agricultural sustainability
- Interdisciplinary journal covering the subjects of environmental design and planning, environmental management, spatial planning, environmental planning, environmental management and sustainable development.
- The first scholarly publication to disseminate sustainability information pertaining to higher education institutions.
- A quarterly peer-reviewed journal presenting research on major issues in business, law, and public policy sustainability.
- American Institute of Physics produces interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal covering all areas of renewable and sustainable energy-related fields that apply to the physical science and engineering communities.
- Subjects include: food co-ops and food sheds; ecological design of lifestyles, homes, communities and regions; psycho-social critiques; complexity and postmodernism; cutting edge technologies; public policy . . .
- Balancing economic, environmental, ethical, and social issues in product design and development
- An international and cross-disciplinary, scholarly, Open Access journal of environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability of human beings, which provides an advanced forum for studies related to sustainability and sustainable development
- Meets the needs of the rapidly growing community of professionals in academia, industry, policy, and government who have the responsibility and commitment to advancing one of the major imperatives of this young century.
- Peer-reviewed, open-access journal that provides a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the field of sustainability.
- A nonprofit print and online publication devoted to showcasing bold and innovative ideas for solving the world’s integrated ecological, social, and economic problems.
“Special Issue: Sustainability” Academic Questions 23:1 (2010).
Phil McManus, “Contested terrains: Politics, stories and discourses of sustainability,” Environmental Politics 5: 1 (Spring 1996), 48-73.
- “‘Sustainable development’ has become a dominant discourse for anything remotely environmental in the 1990s. While the term originated in a specific historical context, its apparent universality is an important reason for its mobilising power. However, is this likely to lead to ‘ecologically meaningful’ policies? This paper explores competing discourses of sustainability and then looks at what the author considers to be ecologically necessary, rather than what may be immediately politically achievable, in order to address sustainability effectively.”
Peter Marcuse, “Sustainability is not enough,” Environment and Urbanization 10: 2 (Oct. 1998), 103-111.
- Abstract: Critically reviews the concept of sustainability, especially as it has come to be applied outside of environmental goals. “Sustainability” should not be considered as a goal for a housing or urban programme – many bad programmes are sustainable – but as a constraint whose absence may limit the usefulness of a good programme. The promotion of “sustainability” may simply encourage sustaining the unjust status quo; the attempt to suggest that everyone has common interests in “sustainable urban development” masks very real conflicts of interest. [via Academic Search Premier database]
Benson, Peter, and Kirsch, Stuart. “Corporate oxymorons.” Dialectical Anthropology 34: 1 (2010), 45-48.
- Abstract: This article examines the promotion of corporate oxymorons that conceal the harm caused by corporations to people and environments. They are part of a larger set of strategies used by corporations to manage or neutralize critique. They often pair a desirable cover term such as safe or sustainable with a description of their product, for example cigarettes or mining. Repetition of the resulting contradictions–safe cigarettes or sustainable mining–renders the terms familiar and seemingly plausible. We suggest that the analysis of corporate oxymorons provides a valuable entry into the anthropology of capitalism. [via Academic Search Premier database]
Debashish Munshi, Priya Kurian, “Imperializing spin cycles: A postcolonial look at public relations, greenwashing, and the separation of publics,” Public Relations Review 31: 4 (Nov. 2005), 513-520.
- Abstract: This article draws on postcolonial theory to critique ongoing neocolonial aspects of public relations theory and practice and especially the field’s recent appropriation of terms such as “corporate social responsibility” and “sustainable development.” It positions such appropriation as a continuation of the old colonial strategy of reputation management among elite publics at the expense of marginalized publics. Public relations can only begin to be ethical and socially responsible if it acknowledges the diversity of publics, breaks down the hierarchy of publics, and takes into account the resistance of peripheral publics. [via Academic Search Premier database]
James Delingpole, “Government decides Sustainable Development Commission is unsustainable. Tee hee,” The Telegraph [UK], July 22, 2010.
- Hurrah! Our useless Coalition government has finally done something useful by axing one of its more pointless and hateful quangos, the Sustainable Development Commission.
Charles Francis, Roger Elmore, John Ikerd, and Mike Duffy, “Greening of Agriculture: Is It All a Greenwash of the Globalized Economy?” Journal of Crop Improvement 19: 1/2 (2007), 193-220.
- Condensed Abstract: There is growing concern about the environmental impacts of agriculture and the food system, and companies are eager to exploit this concern through advertising. There are legitimate ways to justify advertising green products; however, when a company attempts to present a responsible public image but does not change its practices we call this “greenwashing,” or use of disinformation to mislead consumers. It is difficult to distinguish between the two. This article explores two questions: is there a relationship between scale of farming and business and green activities, and does adoption of a multiple bottom line influence greening of agriculture and food systems? We are convinced that a business that measures success in terms of environmental soundness and social responsibility as well as economic returns will be greener than ones that only use economics. This is consistent with our discussions with farmers and observations in the U.S. Midwest. Many agree on the need for a greener future, but there are differences among decision makers in agriculture and food systems about how to achieve this goal. [via Academic Search Premier database]