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Approaches to Sustainable Development

The Public University in the Regional Economy

Robert Forrant (editor) etc. (editor)
Jean L. Pyle (Professor and Codirector, Center for Women and Work, University of Massachusetts, USA)
(editor)
William Lazonick

ISBN: 9781558493117

Publication Date: Aug 2001

Format: Paperback

How can cities and regions foster sustainable development? What role can a university play in this process? These are the central questions addressed in this collection of essays, which brings together scholars from the fields of history, political economy, industrial theory, and more.
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How can cities and regions foster sustainable development? What role can a university play in this process? These are the central questions addressed in this innovative collection of essays, which brings together scholars in such diverse fields as history, political economy, community studies, industrial theory, economic geography, environmental studies, ergonomics and work design, race and gender studies, manufacturing engineering, and public health. In 1993 a core group of faculty members at the University of Massachusetts Lowell launched an interdisciplinary study to find ways for the university to help stimulate regional development on a sustainable basis. They looked at models of development, new processes, and practical tools for transforming ideas into actions. At the same time, they moved beyond traditional research paradigms that focus on business growth and technology diffusion to the exclusion of social, environmental, and cultural development. Lowell is an ideal place for exploring these issues, given its rich industrial and immigrant history and the University's expertise as a science and engineering institution. The product of this research is a set of thoughtful essays that span the physical and social sciences, engineering, and the humanities and engage the debate over how best to achieve sustainable development - a debate in which issues of social justice, popular participation, and economic development are inextricably linked.
Pages 480
Date Published 31 Aug 2001
Publisher University of Massachusetts Press
Subject/s Higher & further education, tertiary education   Environment   Development economics  
All four editors teach at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Three are in the Department of Regional Economic and Social Development: ROBERT FORRANT is associate professor and codirector of the Community Outreach Partnership Center, JEAN L. PYLE is professor and codirector of the Center for Women and Work; WILLIAM LAZONICK is professor and codirector of the Center for Industrial Competitiveness. CHARLES LEVENSTEIN is a professor in the Department of Work Environment.

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