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Rural Sustainability

A Complex Systems Approach to Policy Analysis

Authors: Tian, Qing

  • Provides a new conceptual and methodological framework for studying sustainability in less developed areas amid climate hazards
  • Dynamically integrates climate change research into frameworks for studying coupled human-natural systems
  • Emphasizes and demonstrates the importance of considering national and global development dynamics when studying a specific region
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This volume applies the science of complexity to study coupled human-environment systems (CHES) and integrates ideas from the social sciences of climate change into a study of rural development amid flooding and urbanization in the Poyang Lake Region (PLR) of China. Author Qing Tian operationalizes the concept of sustainability and provides useful scientific analyses for sustainable development in less developed rural areas that are vulnerable to climatic hazards.

The book uses a new sustainability framework that is centered on the concept of well-being to study rural development in PLR. The PLR study includes three major analyses: (1) a regional assessment of human well-being; (2) an empirical analysis of rural livelihoods; and (3) an agent-based computer model used to explore future rural development. These analyses provide a meaningful view of human development in the Poyang Lake Region and illustrate some of the complex local- and macro-level processes that shape the livelihoods of rural households in the dynamic process of urbanization. They generate useful insights about how government policy might effectively improve the well-being of rural households and promote sustainable development amid social, economic, and environmental changes.

This case study has broader implications. Rural populations in the developing world are disproportionally affected by extreme climate events and climate change. Furthermore, the livelihoods of rural households in the developing world are increasingly under the influences of macro-level forces amid urbanization and globalization. This case study demonstrates that rural development policies must consider broader development dynamics at the national (and even global) level, as well as specific local social and environmental contexts. By treating climate as one of many factors that affect development in such places, we can provide policy recommendations that synergistically promote development and reduce climatic impacts and therefore facilitate mainstreaming climate adaptation into development.

About the authors

Qing Tian serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Computational Social Science at George Mason University. Her interdisciplinary research covers land use, development, human-environment systems, and complex adaptive systems in general. This volume is based off of Dr. Tian's PhD thesis.  

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Complex Adaptive Systems and a Sustainability Framework

    Tian, Qing

    Pages 1-14

  • Rural Development in the Poyang Lake Region amid Floods

    Tian, Qing

    Pages 15-27

  • Assessing Human Well-Being in the Poyang Lake Region

    Tian, Qing

    Pages 29-42

  • Understanding the Complex Processes Underlying Well-Being of Rural Households

    Tian, Qing

    Pages 43-69

  • Exploring Future Rural Development in the Poyang Lake Region

    Tian, Qing

    Pages 71-108

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Softcover $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52684-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Rural Sustainability
Book Subtitle
A Complex Systems Approach to Policy Analysis
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Geography
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52685-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52685-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-52684-3
Series ISSN
2211-4165
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 150
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 28 illustrations in colour
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