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Title: Development of an indicator set to determine sustainability on the individual level
Author: Giesecke, Kira
ISNI:       0000 0004 7651 7030
Awarding Body: University of the West of Scotland
Current Institution: University of the West of Scotland
Date of Award: 2015
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The consumption behaviour in industrial countries is argued to be one of the main triggers of the scarcity of resources, pollution and climate change. The need to develop awareness and skills in sustainability, therefore, is of critical importance to ensure the ability to meet basic needs of present and future generations. Indicators are instruments which are useful for defining outputs which may underpin the individual decision making towards sustainability. The aim of this dissertation is to develop an indicator set to determine the level of sustainability of behaviour of an individual. This indicator set is the first of its kind and assesses sustainability on the individual level by incorporating environmental, social, and economic indicators. A research gap was identified through a critical examination of the existing literature by using a narrative literature review. A critical selection process of appropriate indicators was conducted by both secondary and primary research. The secondary research consisted of a 'restricted' narrative literature review for evaluating the indicators according to five pre-defined criteria. For this research step a specifically developed definition of sustainability on the individual level was created. Each indicator was referred to this definition to show the necessity for sustainability and to make it part of the indicator set. The primary research included expert interviews for validating the pre-defined indicator set. The different results of the secondary and primary research were compared and discussed which led to indicator set 2, counting three indicators with sub-indicators in the environmental dimension, five in the social, and two in the economic dimension. Furthermore, a questionnaire was developed which generated from the indicator set 2 to provide a basis for further quantitative research.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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