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Social learning and sustainable communities:an interim assessment of research into sustainable communities projects in the UK

Smith, Joe and Blake, James and Grove-White, Robin and Kashefi, Elham and Madden, Sarah and Percy, Sue (1999) Social learning and sustainable communities:an interim assessment of research into sustainable communities projects in the UK. Local Environment : the international journal of justice and sustainability, 4 (2). pp. 195-207. ISSN 1354-9839

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Abstract

The delivery of many of the most pressing environmental issues will rely on changes in environmental attitudes and behaviour at community level. At a UN Special Session in 1997, the British Government highlighted its initiatives on Local Agenda 21 (LA21) and Going for Green (GFG) as significant advances. This paper adds a new perspective, drawing on the range of experiences of some of the research teams that have been working with local authorities on pilot Sustainable Community Projects (SCPs) in England and Scotland. It sheds light on three substantive themes: the tensions inherent in the implementation of internationally and nationally agreed goals through local action; the ambiguity of local agencies acting as facilitators of community ownership of processes, and the requirements for successful partnership between local authorities and higher education.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Local Environment : the international journal of justice and sustainability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Medicine
ID Code: 58339
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2012 16:33
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 00:10
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58339

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