Sustainability classifications in engineering: discipline and approach

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Hasna, Abdallah M.. 2010. "Sustainability classifications in engineering: discipline and approach." International Journal of Sustainable Engineering. 3 (4), pp. 258-276. https://doi.org/10.1080/19397038.2010.500743
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Sustainability classifications in engineering: discipline and approach

ERA Journal ID124408
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorHasna, Abdallah M.
Journal TitleInternational Journal of Sustainable Engineering
Journal Citation3 (4), pp. 258-276
Number of Pages19
Year2010
Place of PublicationColchester, Essex. United Kingdom
ISSN1939-7038
1939-7046
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19397038.2010.500743
Web Address (URL)http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19397038.2010.500743
Abstract

In order to discuss how to advance sustainability in engineering, it is necessary to be clear as to what exactly is the science of sustainability. The linkage between sustainability philosophy and scientific principles has, in some ways, been acknowledged in the wider literature. Moreover, the recent scholarship on sustainability in international literature has focused on providing definitions, policies and methods, though from an engineering perspective, there is an obvious need for clarity on how the engineering and science community can integrate the science of sustainability into practice. Prima facie, this article provides an overview of the development of sustainability science through a textual analysis to collate the underlying discourse and ideology cited in literature. While the number one sustainability challenge is to mitigate climate change, compiling a definition genesis of sustainability will assist the engineering community in gaining an understanding in the underlying philosophical frames. The aim of this paper is to analyse sustainability information in the print press, journals, periodicals and textbooks since publication patterns contribute to our understanding of the cognitive aspects of scholarly knowledge development.

Keywordssustainability science; sustainability literacy; social construction
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500201. History and philosophy of engineering and technology
440704. Environment policy
410406. Natural resource management
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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