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International Journal of Sustainable Development (4 papers in press)
Vulnerability to climate change among rubber smallholders: a case study in Baling and Padang Terap districts of Malaysia by Nur Hikmah Zulhaid, Roslina Kamaruddin, Siti Aznor Ahmad Abstract: The Livelihood Vulnerability Index (LVI) was examined in this study using the methodology of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This study made use of primary data gathered through surveys of 200 smallholders in the Kedah districts of Padang Terap and Baling using a structured questionnaire. Weather variability and seasonal change represent the exposure dimension, while physical assets, natural assets, human assets, social assets, and financial assets represent the sensitivity dimension, and demographic profile, alternative strategy, and technology represent the adaptive capacity dimension. According to reports, rubber smallholders in Baling were more vulnerable than smallholders in Padang Terap. Alternative strategies and technological practices are viewed as critical needs capable of promoting long-term livelihood for rubber smallholders. Diversification in agricultural and non-agricultural activities was found to increase smallholders' adaptive capacity and, as a result, their incomes. Keywords: livelihood vulnerability index; exposure; sensitivity; adaptive capacity; Kedah.
Strategic CSR, reputation and stakeholder management: the Ecoenel case by Roberta Cavalcante, Rafaela Maia, José Milton Sousa Filho Abstract: This study aims to analyse how the benefits of the Ecoelce socio-environmental program foster the development of intangible organisational resources of the Energy Company of Cear Keywords: strategic CSR; stakeholder management; stakeholder engagement; reputation; image; socio-environmental strategy.
Economic growth, inequality, and environmental degradation by Michael Dorsch, Bethany Kirkpatrick Abstract: This paper re-examines the relationship between economic growth and environmental degradation and tests the validity the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC) hypothesis by considering the role of income inequality. Using the Ecological Footprint (EF) as a consumption-based indicator of environmental degradation and the most comprehensive income inequality data available, we demonstrate that the environmental impact of economic growth depends on the distribution of income. We find evidence of an EKC relationship between the EF and economic growth; however, this result is conditional upon a perfectly egalitarian distribution of within-country income. For higher degrees of income inequality, we find no evidence of a `turning point' within an empirically feasible range. These results suggest that, when the gains of economic growth are concentrated, the associated rate of environmental degradation is greater than when they are more broadly shared. Keywords: environmental Kuznets curve; economic growth; income inequality; sustainable development.
Scientific misconduct as social misconduct by Juliette Rouchier Abstract: This paper describes the place of disqualification in an environmental dispute in which scientists, although supposedly representing neutrality and reason, express publicly their opinion in place of constructed knowledge. This has an impact in terms of trust in science for the general public, can destroy the possibility to do field work, especially when the problem under study (here a pollution issue) is strongly linked to scientific activity, and can even generate a serious delay in a political process. The disqualification of others being very often observed in academics, an institution should be designed to solve disqualification issues with civility. Keywords: environment; long-term policy; policy analytics; French academics; avoidance; disqualification.