Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Sustainability Science

Publisher

Springer Verlag

Publication Date

9-2014

Publisher location

Amsterdam, Netherlands

First Page

33

Last Page

41

Issue Number

1

Volume Number

10

Abstract/ Summary

Participants in sustainability science, as an emerging discipline, have not yet developed fully a coherent ontology, epistemology, ideology, or methodology. There is clearer agreement on the ideology of sustainability science, agreement that can be used to consider the compatibility of that ideology with methodologies brought to bear in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research teams. Benefit–cost analysis, one such methodology from the neoclassical economics tradition, is often used in the context of sustainability science. As currently formulated and practiced, benefit–cost analysis is incompatible with the ideology of sustainability science and should not be used to evaluate proposed solutions to sustainability problems. Other methods from economics are more appropriate for use in sustainability science.

Publisher Statement

© Springer Japan 2014

DOI

DOI: 10.1007/s11625-014-0266-4

Version

post-print (i.e. final draft post-refereeing with all author corrections and edits)

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