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Social sustainability and new communities: Moving from concept to practice in the UK

Woodcraft, SB; (2012) Social sustainability and new communities: Moving from concept to practice in the UK. In: Proceeding of the AicE-Bs 2012 Cairo : Asia Pacific International Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies. (pp. pp. 29-42). Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier: Mercure Le Sphinx Cairo Hotel, Giza, Egypt. Green open access

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Abstract

Social sustainability is an emerging field of urban planning policy and practice. While a social dimension to sustainability is now widely accepted as important (alongside environmental and economic dimensions) it is under - theorized and not clearly defined in policy discourse or practice. Much academic work about social sustainability focuses on defining and theorising the multiple and fluid interpretations of the concept, ranging from philosophical and political ideas of human rights, wellbeing, equality and social justice, to related ideas of community social capital and empowerment. This paper argues that closer attention should be paid to the practical and operational aspects of social sustainability, in particular, to understanding how the concept is translated by different actors and used as justification for making decisions about interventions and investments in the material and social fabric of cities.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Social sustainability and new communities: Moving from concept to practice in the UK
Event: Asia/Pacific International Conference on Environment-Behaviour Studies
Location: Cairo
Dates: 31 October 2012 - 02 November 2012
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.12.204
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.12.204
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Social sustainability, sustainable development, planning theory, planning practice
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10087983
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