Politicians, companies and citizens: sustainability is important to everyone. But what exactly does it mean? This dissertation explores the history of the term 'sustainability', the experts who helped shape the idea, and the underlying interests that played a role. It reveals that sustainability has been redefined over time. Because of these different and often conflicting views, the term is vague, sometimes hypocritical, and often leads to disagreements in practice. But precisely because of this vagueness, sustainability also inspires cooperation in the international debate surrounding environmental problems and developmental collaboration. The strength of the term lies precisely in the latter.
|Award date||10 May 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- sustainable development
- nature conservation
- international organisations