Meanings and measurement of sustainability

Meanings and measurement of sustainability

Publications (in order by date)

·   Vasseur, L. Moving from research into action on issues of climate change for a Canadian community: integration of sciences into decision making. The International Journal of Climate Change (in press March 2011)

·   R.C. Mitchell (2011) “Sustaining Change on a Canadian Campus: Preparing Brock University for a Campus  Sustainability Audit”, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 12(1): 7-21.

·   Vasseur, L. 2010. The establishment of a consortium on climate change in Greater Sudbury: a case study of a community based approach to the development of adaptations. In  Roberto Cazzolla  (Ed.) Climate change and ecosystems: case-studies of impacts and Ecosystem-based Adaptation. IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), Climate Change Adaptation Group: 151-159.

·   Hashimoto, A. and Telfer, D. (2010) “The Challenges of Developing Sustainable Partnerships
 in Rural Tourism in Traditional Japan, for Journal of Policy Research in Tourism,
 Leisure and Events. 2(2), 165-183.

·   Vasseur, L. and N. Catto. 2008. Chapter 4 – Atlantic Region. In D.S. Lemmen, F.J. Warren, J. Lacroix and E. Bush (Eds.). From Impacts to Adaptation: Canada in a Changing Climate 2007. Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON. 52 pages.


The relationships between humans and the natural world need to be questioned and the manifestation of human-environment interactions captured. Problematizing ‘environmental challenges’ and understanding the response of human agents necessitates critically questioning dominant narratives, pervasive ontologies, and entrenched attitudes and actions. Creativity (e.g., drama, visual arts, spoken word, poetry, writing) is both a means to ask these questions as well as a manifestation of spirit and joy. Capturing and incorporating aspects of the environment into research endeavours is rapidly changing with digital technologies. These include geospatial data (geographic information in its digital form), mapping of the biophysical environment, and digital information management.