Category: Social Sustainability and Sustainable Living

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Peoples’ Engagement With Renewable Technologies – Roadblocks and Triggers

Peoples’ Engagement with Renewable Technologies – Roadblocks and Triggers research aims at developing of new insights in relation to how existing familiar technologies influence peoples’ engagement with, and adoption of renewable technologies. The goal is to inform on potential ways of changing peoples’ behaviour and attitude towards adopting more sustainable practices in terms of producing

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Cultivating Concrete Utopia: Understanding How Japan’s Permaculture Experiments are Shaping a Political Vision of Sustainable Living

The issue of sustainability in agriculture has gained momentum in reaction to the increasingly problematic consequences of the industrial agriculture model. Diverse alternative models of food production have consequently emerged under headings such as organic agriculture, natural farming, agroecology and permaculture. In this presentation, I propose to show how permaculture merges the concept of sustainable

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Scenarios and Impacts of Future Floods on Low Income Housing in Chiang Mai, Thailand

This study aimed to estimate the risk of low-income people whose suffer livelihood problems and housing damage due to present and future flooding, which will be affected by climate change. Data about problems in livelihood and housing damage affected by various flooding characteristics of households were collected in three low-income settlements in Chiang Mai which

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Redefining Dwelling for the Anthropocene

Between 1970 and 2015, the average size of newly constructed homes in the United States, increased by 79%, from a size of 1,500 to 2,687 square feet. This shift has redefined our conception of the family unit and inherently, it has also redefined their habitation needs. With an estimated third of households in the United

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Sustainable Urban Transportation with Demand Management Methods: A Case Study for Istanbul

Increasing population in urban areas necessitates increasing levels, mix and modes of transportation, roads, land use, which all lead to pollutions and waste of all sorts. Usually longer, wider and larger urban and interurban roads for motorized vehicles lead to further increases in number of cars with fewer, usually single, people in them, forming an

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The Construction of Low-Carbon Renewal System of Rural Community

Climate change has become a global issue influencing human survival and development while carbon emissions are the main factor. As the basic functional unit, community is the basic space to achieve low-carbon and use sustainable idea. China is a large agricultural country, and it is necessary to promote low-carbon community construction in rural. This paper

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Developing the Methodology to Investigate the Thermal Comfort of the Elderly for Sustainable Living in Hot-Humid Thailand

Providing thermal comfort is one of the main requirements for housing and the ways in which thermal comfort can be obtained, closely relate to sustainability. This paper describes how a survey instrument was designed to measure the physiological and psychological condition of the elderly in the hot-humid climate zone with a view to enhancing sustainable

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Piloting the CLIMASP-Tempus Interdisciplinary Minor in Climate Change and Sustainability Policy: Outcomes Achieved

Higher education plays a unique and critical role, one often underestimated and/or neglected in making a more sustainable society. The paper will deal with the piloting of an interdisciplinary minor programme on climate change and sustainability policy across 10 universities in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. It is a European Commission funded programme led by the

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Development of a Behavioural Change Tool for Energy Efficiency in Buildings: A Case of Nigeria Office Buildings

The increasing impacts of global climate change and the building sector’s contribution to reducing this impacts has led to more urgent need and awareness to use energy more efficiently and consequently reduce CO2 emissions from buildings. However, inefficient operational practices and users’ behavioural factor towards energy consumption in buildings remains one of the most challenging

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Perception of the Resident Population towards Tourist Presence: A Survey Research in Alcossebre, Castellón, Spain

This empirical research has as main objective to analyze the perceptions of resident population of Alcossebre, on Spanish Mediterranean, in order to design and enrich a set of material flows indicators for the thesis “Sustainable Planning for tourist coastal places”. The impacts that presence of tourists has on their personal lives and in natural and

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Urban Egalitarianism: The Way Forward to Ensure Sustainable Urban Design, Practice and Development in Developing Countries (The Nigerian Case)

Many cities and urban areas across the world are entities with high complexity, most especially with the unavoidable ever increasing population which incorporates human diversity in culture, wealth and status. Rapid urbanization and expansion is today a common phenomenon in many developing countries across the world, which is often characterized by challenges such as slum