Quizzical Societies: A Closer Look at Sustainability and Principles of Unlocking Its Measurability

By Giuseppe Tommaso Cirella and Stefan Zerbe.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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The functionality of measuring the sustainability of societies is a quizzical concept. The foundation of this manuscript utilises the index of sustainable functionality (ISF) via four key recommendations: (1) uncertainty and sustainability governance, (2) definitional concerns, (3) characterising measurability and natural capital and (4) measuring sustainability toward an indicator-based system. Each development is examined from an appraisal viewpoint, since sustainability measures are complex and subjective. The examination formulates the methodology for the design of a novel ISF model. Reviewed methodological recommendations are to be integrated to better cognise measurability via historical to present-day trends. The research is based on decision-making and learning from state-of-the-art and source deliberation. At length, it is the aspiration of the authors that this work add knowledge-base and decrease levels of unsustainable action.

Keywords: Sustainability, Index of sustainable functionality, Sustainability governance, Natural capital, Sustainability indicators

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.29-45. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: October 30, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 809.603KB)).

Dr. Giuseppe Tommaso Cirella

Research Scientist, Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen • Bolzano, Bozen • Bolzano, BZ, Italy

Stefan Zerbe

Professor / Vice-Rector of Research, Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bozen • Bolzano, Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy