Title: From *for* to governance for sustainable development in Europe: what is at stake for further research?
Author: Katharine N. Farrell, Rene Kemp, Friedrich Hinterberger, Christian Rammel, Rafael Ziegler
Institute of Governance, Public Policy and Social Research, Queen
s University of Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, UK.
MERIT, Maastricht University, TNO, P.O. Box 6030, NL- 2600 JA Delft, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI), Garnisongasse 7/27, Vienna A-1090, Austria.
Institute for Anthropology, University of Vienna, Althanstraße 14, Vienna A-1091, Austria
Department of Philosophy, McGill University, 855 Sherbrooke St. W., Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Abstract: Following conferences in Pignans, Maastricht, Vienna and Cologne and many e-mail exchanges, the participants of the GoSD-research initiative have identified a path for future research that describes not only governance and sustainable development but also how governance can be *for* sustainable development. This concluding paper gives an account of the pre-analytic vision, hypotheses and questions that have so far emerged from this process. Given the difficulty and importance of the task, a first section focuses on methodological questions. Consecutive sections elucidate *for sustainable development*, as well as ''governance for''. The emerging pre-analytic vision then receives some in-depth treatment and we consider how to measure the *for* of governance for sustainable development through objectives and indicators, taking into account the paradox of change with conservation. This sets the stage for a final section on research hypothesis and questions that give a meaning to governance for sustainable development, and that will allow this research project to develop in a way that makes insight and useful policy recommendations possible.
Keywords: governance; methodology; socio-economics; post-normal science; sustainable development; sustainability; policy; European Union.
Int. J. of Sustainable Development, 2005 Vol.8, No.1/2, pp.127 - 150
Available online: 14 Jul 2005