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International Journal of Sustainable Society


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International Journal of Sustainable Society (4 papers in press)


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  • Making the case for self-organisation: understanding how communities make sense of sustainability and climate change through collective action   Order a copy of this article
    by Rob Atkinson, Thomas Dörfler, Mustafa Hasanov, Eberhard Rothfuß, Ian Smith 
    Abstract: Understanding how community groups take on the challenge of climate change is key to understanding the capacity of society as a whole to adapt in the face of climate change in ways that acknowledge a broader need for a sustainable societal transition. In order to show this it is important to identify what distinguishes self-organised responses to the climate change challenge from other responses. Through critically evaluating the existing literature on self-organisation and on locally based responses to climate change, the paper clarifies what we mean by self-organised response and then demonstrates how the concept would enhance the scope of research about local-level responses to enhance societal sustainability. Furthermore, the article presents an agenda for identifying self-organised responses to climate change and distinguishing self-organised responses from other forms of 'community-led' response.
    Keywords: self-organisation; climate change; civil society; sustainability; collective action; communities.

  • Ghost city phenomenon along China's high-speed railway grid   Order a copy of this article
    by Shenghuan Zhao, Dongqing Ma 
    Abstract: A fresh urbanism era appears in China with the development of high-speed railway (HSR). Voluminous numbers of local governments are designing and erecting novel cities oriented to the HSR stations with the objective of gaining benefits from the HSR system. Nevertheless, a huge number of these freshly erected districts or cities entail a tremendously high vacancy rate, thereby resulting in 'ghost cities'. The present paper commences with an outline of the China's urban HSR growth and the phenomena of ghost cities. After a literature review on worldwide urban HSR development, the reasons behind the 'ghost city phenomenon' in China are analysed. In the end, the study is concluded by proposing several suggestions for HSR development.
    Keywords: land use; urban planning; city planning; regional planning; siphon effect; China.

  • Green information technology system practice for sustainable collaborative enterprise: a structural literature review   Order a copy of this article
    by Bokolo Anthony Jr., Mazlina Abdul Majid, Awanis Romli 
    Abstract: Green information technology and information system (ITIS) refer to sustainable practices that seek to prevent environmental pollution and attain sustainable development in collaborative enterprise (CE). By implementing green ITIS practices, collaborative enterprise can reduce the amount of energy used; decrease high cost incurred in their business process and also care for the long time sustainability of the environment and humanity. Therefore, the purpose of this research paper is to a carryout a structural literature review approach to review existing techniques applied to achieve sustainability and standards deployed to assist practitioners in implementing and diffusing green practices in CE. Finding from this review indicates that previously applied techniques and standards lacks the capability to support IT practitioners in making green decisions on how to implement and adopt sustainable practice in collaborative enterprise.
    Keywords: green practice; sustainability; techniques for green; green standards; green city; smart city; collaborative enterprise; CE.

Special Issue on: ERPBSS-2015 Social and Sustainable Enterprise International Perspectives

  • The sustainable development practices of the insurance industry in UAE   Order a copy of this article
    by Abdulla Al Jeaidi, Toufic Mezher 
    Abstract: The objective of this research is to investigate the current sustainable development practices of the insurance industry in UAE. The methodology used in this study was designing a survey questionnaire that included questions related to: awareness of insurance companies to environmental issues; environmental leadership; internal environmental practices; climate change, global worming and environmental concerns; strategies to mitigate environmental effects; engagement with external stakeholders; improving business opportunities; and potential stewardship role. The survey targeted 60 UAE insurance companies and 56 responded. The results indicated that there were increased awareness of insurance companies to environmental issues and showed energy saving culture and proper water usage. Legislation, environmental groups, and advances in technology were found to be the most important drivers for environmental awareness. In addition, insurance companies showed that they were more proactive when it comes to environmental concerns.
    Keywords: sustainable development; financial sector; insurance industry; stakeholders; climate change; UAE.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJSSOC.2017.10009241