Quotation Rammel, Christian, Staudinger, Markus . 2002. Sustainable Development, Evolution and Variability. International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 9 (4): 301-331.




Abstract Sustainable development is a global challenge to science and society. In politics and economics the concepts for establishing a sustainable society are numerous, nonetheless necessary interdisciplinary approaches are still marginalised. Trying to foster a deeper communication between biology and social science, an evolutionary perspective on sustainable development is offered. Subsequently, the role of variability and diversity in evolution is highlighted. Hereby, special attention is devoted, among other things, to the links between variability and stability in the long term. Next, selection and variability are emphasised in the cultural context. This is followed by general implications for sustainability. In contrast to strategies aiming at short-term optimisation and economic efficiency, we argue that the conditions and circumstances maintaining variability and momentary sub-optimal alternatives are highly relevant for a socio-economic system that is heading for sustainable development.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Sustainable Development, Evolution and Variability
Volume 9
Number 4
Year 2002
Page from 301
Page to 331


Rammel, Christian (Details)
Staudinger, Markus
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development IN (Details)
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