Development and Sustainability

The Challenge of Social Change

Edited by Alberto Cimadamore, Maurice Mittelmark, Gro Therese Lie, and Fungisai P. Gwanzura Ottemöller


Explores how new forms of interdisciplinary cooperation can help to eradicate poverty on a world scale.

While the need for effective action toward a greener and socially inclusive economy has long been evident, health promotion in the context of sustainable development has faltered. Arguing that human health is the key factor to sustainable development, Development and Sustainability promotes a fresh, transdisciplinary approach to the eradication of extreme poverty.

This ground-breaking book calls for new forms of cooperation which cross the traditional boundaries between social activism and science, and which are capable of harnessing the complex knowledge that such radical change requires. The contributions bridge the gap between those working for health and those working for sustainability science and the green economy, through developing the methodological and scientific means to deal with some of the most critical issues faced by humanity in the twenty-first century.

Author Bio

Alberto D. Cimadamore is scientific director of CROP. He is a professor at the University of Buenos Aires and a researcher at the National Council of Scientific and Technological Research of Argentina (currently on leave). His research and publications are focused on the political economy of poverty, the international relations of poverty and development, and regional integration in Latin America.

Fungisai P. Gwanzura Ottemöller is associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Development at UiB. She has done research on common mental disorders and on HIV prevention with primary school children (in Zimbabwe), and child participation in schools (in Scotland). Fungisai teaches in the master’s programme in health promotion and health psychology. Her current research interests are immigrant children and families’ experiences of the Norwegian child welfare system, child participation and early intervention.

Maurice B. Mittelmark is professor of health promotion at the Department of Health Promotion and Development at UiB. His research and publications are focused on philosophy and methods of health promotion research, salutogenesis and resources for health, transdisciplinary collaboration for health promotion, and child health in former colonial regions.

Gro Therese Lie is a professor at UiB’s Department of Health Promotion and Development and former director of UiB Global, as well as a social, community and cross-cultural psychologist. She has worked on health promotion challenges in sub-Saharan Africa for twenty-seven years: prevention of and coping with HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, gender and generation, orphans and vulnerable children, and grassroots movements. She has also worked for UNDP as a consultant and research leader of multidisciplinary research groups. Her interests include participatory action research and movements for social change.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Dag Rune Olsen
  • 1. Development and Sustainability Science: Transdisciplinary Knowledge for Positive Social Change - Alberto D. Cimadamore, Fungisai P. Gwanzura Ottemöller, Gro Therese Lie and Maurice B. Mittelmark
  • 2. Seeking Wisdom: A Transdisciplinary Perspective on Australian Indigenous Practices and Planetary Management - Mark G. Edwards
  • 3. Policies for Poverty Reduction in a Transformative Green Economy - Enrique Delamonica
  • 4. Health Promotion and Sustainable Development in Kazakhstan - Altyn Aringazina
  • 5. Children's Literacy in Health and Sustainability - Neil Chadborn and Jane Springett
  • 6. Participatory Research as a Tool for Change in Ecosystem Approaches to Health and Social Equity - Jane Springett
  • 7. Connecting Development and Sustainability: Empowering People to Effective International Cooperation - Cristine Koehler Zanella
  • 8. Sustainability and Transdisciplinary Knowledge: Experience Gained and Challenges Ahead - Gro Therese Lie, Alberto D. Cimadamore, Maurice B. Mittelmark and Fungisai P. Gwanzura Ottemöller


'As a climate scientist with an interest in global problems, I found this book highly stimulating. It provides insights into practicing sustainability science and transdisciplinary research that have made me even more interested to enter these new fields.'
Noel Keenlyside, University of Bergen and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research

‘Achieving the shared goals of the international community calls not just for finance and political commitment – important though they are, but for fundamentally new ideas. This collection convincingly makes the case that transdisciplinary approaches to sustainability offer a matrix for such ideas.’
John Crowley, UNESCO


Publication Date: 15 March 2016
192 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781783606238
Hardback: 9781783606245
eBook ePub: 9781783606269
eBook PDF: 9781783606252
eBook Kindle: 9781783606276

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