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Adopting the Capabilities Approach in Developing a global Framework for measuring Sustainable Development
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is expected to result in the launching of a process to devise a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2015. Whilst indicators are perceived to be a good vehicle of monitoring progress, currently there is no universally agreed method of measuring sustainable development. This thesis addresses this issue through assessing whether the capabilities approach can be adopted for a global framework in measuring sustainable development. In order to determine this, both theoretical and practical implications will have to be understood. The former is addressed through reviewing the compatibility between the key concepts of sustainable development and the capabilities approach. The latter is addressed through obtaining empirical evidence on the key drivers in selecting indicators via focus group discussions and a quantitative survey with key individuals involved in the Sustainable Development Indicators (SDIs) project in Malaysia. It was found that a weak conceptual basis can be attributed as the major challenge for establishing global sustainable development indicators. Whilst recognising that a range of mechanisms are required for operationalization, it was concluded that the capabilities approach provides a sound conceptual basis, framed on the basis of justice and equity in expanding and sustaining the capabilities of current and future generations to pursue their needs.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 62 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 95
Keyword [en]
Sustainable Development, Capabilities Approach, Sustainable Development Goals, Indicators, Human Development Index
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187609OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-187609DiVA: diva2:575328
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2012-06-01, Norrland I, Department of Earth Sciences, Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala, Uppsala, 09:00 (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2015-06-18 Created: 2012-12-10 Last updated: 2015-06-18Bibliographically approved

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