From the late 1980s onwards, a generally accepted conception of sustainable development as a balance between the social system, economic system and biophysical environment has emerged and serves as an underpinning for global knowledge building and human striving into the future.
However, the global academic community has thoroughly and meticulously shown that current global development is not progressing towards
sustainability understood as such a balance. Why is this?
The current PhD thesis from the University of Bonn proposes that the basis of unsustainable development may lie in humans’ predominantly social priorities and preferences related to sustainable development.
PhD thesis Else Ragni Yttredal