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Sustainable communities : skills and learning for place-making

Rogerson, R.J. and Green, A. and Wong, C. (2011) Sustainable communities : skills and learning for place-making. Hertfordshire University Press, Hatfield. ISBN 978-1-907396-13-7

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Drawing on inter-disciplinary research conducted across UK universities and with community-based groups, this book offers insights into how local initiatives can enhance sustainable development and engage people in creating better places in which to live. It illustrates imaginative, practical and accessible ways in which communities and built-environment professionals are working and learning together towards a more sustainable future. It shows how such learning can result in more inclusive and desirable places to live, both for the residents of today and for future generations. Drawing on the experiences of nine locally based examples from across the UK, it brings together elements as diverse as sustainable development, education, community coherence and confl ict resolution, planning and environmental management. The book will be of value to all those who have a stake in the formation of communities, whether in professions such as architecture, urban design, planning or geography or who are involved through community and local organisations; it will contribute to the narrowing of the perceived sustainable communities ‘skills gap’. The focus throughout is on the motivational aspects of learning and the different and often highly imaginative approaches which can be adopted to enable partnerships to work effectively. Key themes that emerge are the need for a new ‘transformational’ leadership style where enabling people to be responsible for their own development and effectiveness is the key, and also for a new attitude towards skills so that these are no longer expected to be embodied within a single ‘gatekeeper’ but collectively within a team. If successive governments continue to devolve ever greater responsibility onto local communities, then the skills and learning to support them in deriving practical visions of a sustainable future will be crucial.

Item type: Book
ID code: 27125
Keywords: sustainable development, community, learning, Geography (General), Sociology
Subjects: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Geography (General)
Social Sciences > Sociology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Geography
Depositing user: Mr Martin Harvey
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2010 10:35
Last modified: 12 Mar 2012 11:18

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