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Economics as Applied Ethics
Economics as Applied Ethics

by Wilfred Beckerman

This important textbook has been revised and updated to continue its focus on the link between ethics and economic policy analysis, whilst ensuring that perspectives addressing the moral limits of the market, latest behavioural economics literature, and the changes in inequality over the years are included. Basic philosophical concepts are systemat...

Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement – A Global Assessment for Sustainable Development
Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement – A Global Assessment for Sustainable Development

by Ephraim Nkonya, Alisher Mirzabaev, Joachim von Braun

This volume deals with land degradation, which is occurring in almost all terrestrial biomes and agro-ecologies, in both low and high income countries and is stretching to about 30% of the total global land area. About three billion people reside in these degraded lands. However, the impact of land degradation is especially severe on livelihoods of...

Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Development
Economic Evaluation of Sustainable Development

by Vinod Thomas, Namrata Chindarkar

This book presents methods to evaluate sustainable development using economic tools. The focus on sustainable development takes the reader beyond economic growth to encompass inclusion, environmental stewardship and good governance. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for outcomes. In illustrating the SDGs, the book employs thr...

Wellbeing Economics
Wellbeing Economics

by Paul Dalziel, Caroline Saunders, Joe Saunders

Economists have long sought to maximise economic growth, believing this to be their best contribution to improving human welfare. That approach is not sustainable in the face of ongoing issues such as global climate change, environmental damage, rising inequality and enduring poverty. Alternatives must be found. This book addresses that challenge....

Spanish Economic Growth, 1850–2015
Spanish Economic Growth, 1850–2015

by Leandro Prados de la Escosura

This text offers a comprehensive and nuanced view of the economic development of Spain since 1850. It provides a new set of historical GDP estimates for Spain from the demand and supply sides, and presents a reconstruction of production and expenditure series for the century prior to the introduction of modern national accounts. The author spl...

Manifesto of the New Economy
Manifesto of the New Economy

by Alexander Dolgin

How do social networking services earn money?What is the "second hand of the market" and how does it operate? Why does society need so many different kinds of goods? What does happiness economics not reveal about happiness?What is the link between talent, success and "stardom"? What is the business development model for the ent...

Re-Inventing Africa's Development
Re-Inventing Africa's Development

by Jong-Dae Park

This book analyses the development problems of sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) from the eyes of a Korean diplomat with knowledge of the economic growth Korea has experienced in recent decades. The author argues that Africa's development challenges are not due to a lack of resources but a lack of management, presenting an alternative to the traditional view...

A Fair Share of Tax
A Fair Share of Tax

by Lotta Björklund Larsen

This book takes a taxpayer's perspective to the relations taxation creates between people and their state. Larsen proposes that in order to understand tax compliance and cheating, we have to look beyond law, psychological experiments and surveys to include tax collectors and taxpayers' practices. The text explores the view of taxes seen as citizen'...

Formalizing the Shadow Economy in Serbia
Formalizing the Shadow Economy in Serbia

by Gorana Krstić, Friedrich Schneider

The main objective of this book is to develop a strategy and policy measures to enhance the formalization of the shadow economy in order to improve the competitiveness of the economy and contribute to economic growth; it explores these issues with special reference to Serbia. The size and development of the shadow economy in Serbia and other Centra...

Food Price Volatility and Its Implications for Food Security and Policy
Food Price Volatility and Its Implications for Food Security and Policy

by Matthias Kalkuhl, Joachim von Braun, Maximo Torero

This book provides fresh insights into concepts, methods and new research findings on the causes of excessive food price volatility. It also discusses the implications for food security and policy responses to mitigate excessive volatility. The approaches applied by the contributors range from on-the-ground surveys, to panel econometrics and innova...

Developmental State Building
Developmental State Building

by Yusuke Takagi, Veerayooth Kanchoochat, Tetsushi Sonobe

This book modifies and revitalizes the concept of the 'developmental state' to understand the politics of emerging economy through nuanced analysis on the roles of human agency in the context of structural transformation. In other words, there is a revived interest in the 'developmental state' concept. The nature of the 'emerging state' is characte...

Emerging States and Economies
Emerging States and Economies

by Takashi Shiraishi, Tetsushi Sonobe

This book asks why and how some of the developing countries have "emerged" under a set of similar global conditions, what led individual countries to choose the particular paths that led to their "emergence," and what challenges confront them. If we are to understand the nature of major risks and uncertainties in the world, we m...

Competition Authorities in South Eastern Europe
Competition Authorities in South Eastern Europe

by Boris Begović, Dušan Popović

This book provides answers to key open questions concerning competition policy in emerging economies, with a focus on South Eastern Europe. The contributions address two major issues. One is the design of competition policy and the national competition authorities that enforce it, including the topics of competition advocacy and state aid control; ...

Applying the Kaizen in Africa
Applying the Kaizen in Africa

by Keijiro Otsuka, Kimiaki Jin, Tetsushi Sonobe

At present, how to develop industries is a burning issue in Africa, where population growth remains high and economic development has thus far failed to provide sufficient jobs for many, especially young people and women. The creation of productive jobs through industrial development ought to be a central issue in steering economic activity across ...

Development in Turbulent Times
Development in Turbulent Times

by Paul Dobrescu

This book explores the most recent trends in the EU in terms of development, progress, and performance. Ten years after the 2008 economic crisis, and amidst a digital revolution that is intensifying the development race, the European Union, and especially Central and Eastern Europe, are ardently searching for their development priorities.Against th...

Practical Economics
Practical Economics

by Nika Gilauri

In this book, Nika Gilauri reveals his formulas for government reform and economic recovery, including how to fight against corruption, reform fiscal policy and tax systems, privatize state-owned enterprises, build a welfare system for those most in need, create a competitive education and healthcare system, and streamline procurement. All formulas...

Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India
Transforming Food Systems for a Rising India

by Prabhu Pingali, Anaka Aiyar, Mathew Abraham, Andaleeb Rahman

'This book… brings together high quality research, real world pragmatism and an understanding of the politics of Indian food systems.' – Lawrence Haddad, Executive Director, GAIN and 2018 World Food Prize Laureate'[The authors] have done a masterful job of [demonstrating] paradoxes of India's rapid economic growth concurrently with… persisten...

Housing Market Dynamics in Africa
Housing Market Dynamics in Africa

by El-hadj M. Bah, Issa Faye, Zekebweliwai F. Geh

This book utilizes new data to thoroughly analyze the main factors currently shaping the African housing market. Some of these factors include the supply and demand for housing finance, land tenure security issues, construction cost conundrum, infrastructure provision, and low-cost housing alternatives. Through detailed analysis, the authors invest...

Data Collection in Fragile States
Data Collection in Fragile States

by Johannes Hoogeveen, Utz Pape

'This free book addresses an urgent issue on which little organized information exists. It reflects experience in Africa but is highly relevant to other fragile states as well.'—Constantine Michalopoulos, John Hopkins University, USA and former Director of Economic Policy and Co-ordination at the World BankFragile countries face a triple data cha...

Internal Migration, Urbanization and Poverty in Asia: Dynamics and Interrelationships
Internal Migration, Urbanization and Poverty in Asia: Dynamics and Interrelationships

by Kankesu Jayanthakumaran, Reetu Verma, Guanghua Wan, Edgar Wilson

Asia's recent demographic transitions and rural - urban structural transformations are extraordinary and involve complexities that require in-depth study.The chapters within this volume examine those complexities using a range of traditional and nontraditional measures - such as multidimensional poverty, gaps, and polarization - to arrive at the co...

Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Asia
Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Asia

by John Cockburn, Yazid Dissou, Jean-Yves Duclos, Luca Tiberti

Public spending on infrastructure plays an important role in promoting economic growth and poverty alleviation. Empirical studies unequivocally show that under-investment in infrastructure limits economic growth. At the same time, numerous other studies have shown that investment in infrastructure can be an effective tool in fighting poverty reduct...

Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia
Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia

by Almas Heshmati, Esfandiar Maasoumi, Guanghua Wan

This book looks at the major policy challenges facing developing Asia and how the region sustains rapid economic growth to reduce multidimensional poverty through socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable measures. Asia is facing many challenges arising from population growth, rapid urbanization, provision of services, climate change and t...

Shipping and Globalization in the Post-War Era
Shipping and Globalization in the Post-War Era

by Niels P. Petersson, Stig Tenold, Nicholas J. White

This free book belongs to the Maritime Business and Economic History strand of the Palgrave Studies in Maritime Economics book series.This volume highlights the contribution of the shipping industry to the transformations in business and society of the postwar era. Shipping was both an example and an engine of globalization and structural change. I...

Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China
Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China

by Kung-Chung Liu, Uday S. Racherla

This book analyses intellectual property and innovation governance in the development of six key industries in India and China. These industries are reflective of the innovation and economic development of the two economies, or of vital importance to them: the IT Industry, the film industry, the pharmaceutical industry, plant varieties and food sec...

Asian Century… on a Knife-edge
Asian Century… on a Knife-edge

by John West

This book delves into the widely held belief that the 21st century will be the "Asian Century" by examining the Asia's rapid economic development in the post-war era and the challenges it faces in forging ahead of world leaders in the West.The impact of the current turbulent global political climate on Asia is critically analyzed, employi...

Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean
Firm Innovation and Productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean

by Inter-American Development Bank, Matteo Grazzi, Carlo Pietrobelli

This volume uses the study of firm dynamics to investigate the factors preventing faster productivity growth in Latin America and the Caribbean, pushing past the limits of traditional macroeconomic analyses. Each chapter is dedicated to an examination of a different factor affecting firm productivity - innovation, ICT usage, on-the-job-training, fi...

Digital Kenya
Digital Kenya

by Bitange Ndemo, Tim Weiss

Presenting rigorous and original research, this volume offers key insights into the historical, cultural, social, economic and political forces at play in the creation of world-class ICT innovations in Kenya. Following the arrival of fiber-optic cables in 2009, Digital Kenya examines why the initial entrepreneurial spirit and digital revolution has...

Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

by Niklas Elert, Magnus Henrekson, Mikael Stenkula

The authors of this book advise the economies of the European Union to become more entrepreneurial in promoting innovation and economic growth. The authors propose a reform strategy with respect to several aspects to achieve this goal. Starting with the rule of law and the protection of property rights; the tax system; the authors deal with regulat...

Transforming Education Outcomes in Africa
Transforming Education Outcomes in Africa

by Johannes Hoogeveen, Mariacristina Rossi

Good education changes lives. It is therefore unsurprising that improved schooling plays a central part in most development strategies. At the same time, the expansion of school attainment alone is not sufficient to guarantee improved welfare. This book focuses on one country in West Africa, Togo, to explore what a country that has successfully inc...

Climate Smart Agriculture
Climate Smart Agriculture

by Leslie Lipper, Nancy McCarthy, David Zilberman, Solomon Asfaw, Giacomo Branca

The book uses an economic lens to identify the main features of climate-smart agriculture (CSA), its likely impact, and the challenges associated with its implementation. Drawing upon theory and concepts from agricultural development, institutional, and resource economics, this book expands and formalizes the conceptual foundations of CSA. Focusing...

Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa
Building a Resilient and Sustainable Agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Abebe Shimeles, Audrey Verdier-Chouchane, Amadou Boly

What are the challenges and action points for agricultural sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa? This collection of papers offers technical analyses, policy recommendations and an overview of success stories to date. Each carefully selected paper provides valuable insights for improved policy making and defines relevant strategic priorities on Afri...

The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America
The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America

by Margit Ystanes, Iselin Åsedotter Strønen

This edited volume examines how economic processes have worked upon social lives and social realities in Latin America during the past decades. Through tracing the effects of the neoliberal epoch into the era of the so-called pink tide, the book seeks to understand to what extent the turn to the left at the start of the millennium managed to challe...

Paths to the Emerging State in Asia and Africa
Paths to the Emerging State in Asia and Africa

by Keijiro Otsuka, Kaoru Sugihara

This book addresses the issue of how a country, which was incorporated into the world economy as a periphery, could make a transition to the emerging state, capable of undertaking the task of economic development and industrialization. It offers historical and contemporary case studies of transition, as well as the international background under wh...

Has Latin American Inequality Changed Direction?
Has Latin American Inequality Changed Direction?

by Luis Bértola, Jeffrey Williamson

This book brings together a range of ideas and theories to arrive at a deeper understanding of inequality in Latin America and its complex realities. To so, it addresses questions such as: What are the origins of inequality in Latin America? How can we create societies that are more equal in terms of income distribution, gender equality and opportu...

Modelling our Changing World
Modelling our Changing World

by Jennifer L. Castle, David F. Hendry

This book focuses on the concepts, tools and techniques needed to successfully model ever-changing time-series data. It emphasizes the need for general models to account for the complexities of the modern world and how these can be applied to a range of issues facing Earth, from modelling volcanic eruptions, carbon dioxide emissions and global temp...

Norwegian Shipping in the 20th Century
Norwegian Shipping in the 20th Century

by Stig Tenold

This book discusses how Norwegian shipping companies played a crucial role in global shipping markets in the 20th century, at times transporting more than ten per cent of world seaborne trade. Chapters explore how Norway managed to remain competitive, despite being a high labour-cost country in an industry with global competition. Among the feature...

Hot Property
Hot Property

by Rob Nijskens, Melanie Lohuis, Paul Hilbers, Willem Heeringa

This book discusses booming housing markets in cities around the globe, and the resulting challenges for policymakers and central banks. Cities are booming everywhere, leading to a growing demand for urban housing. In many cities this demand is out-pacing supply, which causes house prices to soar and increases the pressure on rental markets. These ...

The Early Years
The Early Years

by Samuel Berlinski, Norbert Schady

The Early Years analyzes the development of Latin American and Caribbean children and makes a compelling case for government intervention in what is instinctively a family affair. Spending on effective programs for young children is an investment that, if done well, will have very high returns, while failure to implement such programs will lower th...

The Technological and Economic Future of Nuclear Power
The Technological and Economic Future of Nuclear Power

by Reinhard Haas, Lutz Mez, Amela Ajanovic

This open book discusses the eroding economics of nuclear power for electricity generation as well as technical, legal, and political acceptance issues. The use of nuclear power for electricity generation is still a heavily disputed issue. Aside from technical risks, safety issues, and the unsolved problem of nuclear waste disposal, the economic pe...

Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy
Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy

by Jeffrey Johnson, Andrzej Nowak, Paul Ormerod, Bridget Rosewell, Yi-Cheng Zhang

The overall aim of this book, an outcome of the European FP7 FET Open NESS project, is to contribute to the ongoing effort to put the quantitative social sciences on a proper footing for the 21st century. A key focus is economics, and its implications on policy making, where the still dominant traditional approach increasingly struggles to capture ...

Development Policies and Policy Processes in Africa
Development Policies and Policy Processes in Africa

by Christian Henning, Ousmane Badiane, Eva Krampe

The book examines the methodological challenges in analyzing the effectiveness of development policies. It presents a selection of tools and methodologies that can help tackle the complexities of which policies work best and why, and how they can be implemented effectively given the political and economic framework conditions of a country. The cont...

Workers, Managers, Productivity
Workers, Managers, Productivity

by Akio Hosono, John Page, Go Shimada

This free book provides a glimpse into the Japanese management technique known as "Kaizen," and the ways it has been disseminated around the developing world. The novelty of this book is three-fold: it provides a contextualized view of the mechanisms of initiatives implementing Kaizen in developing countries; compared with productivity st...

Spationomy
Spationomy

by Vít Pászto, Carsten Jürgens, Polona Tominc, Jaroslav Burian

This open access book is based on "Spationomy – Spatial Exploration of Economic Data", an interdisciplinary and international project in the frame of ERASMUS+ funded by the European Union. The project aims to exchange interdisciplinary knowledge in the fields of economics and geomatics. For the newly introduced courses, interdisciplinar...

Agency and Causal Explanation in Economics
Agency and Causal Explanation in Economics

by Peter Róna, László Zsolnai

This open access book provides an exploration of the consequences of the ontological differences between natural and social objects (sometimes described as objects of nature and objects of thought) in the workings of causal and agency relationships. One of its important and possibly original conclusions is that causal and agency relationships do no...

Energy and the Wealth of Nations
Energy and the Wealth of Nations

by Charles A.S. Hall, Kent Klitgaard

In this updated edition of a groundbreaking text, concepts such as energy return on investment (EROI) provide powerful insights into the real balance sheets that drive our "petroleum economy." Hall and Klitgaard explore the relation between energy and the wealth explosion of the 20th century, and the interaction of internal limits to grow...

Science and Technology Governance and Ethics
Science and Technology Governance and Ethics

by Miltos Ladikas, Sachin Chaturvedi, Yandong Zhao, Dirk Stemerding

This book analyzes the possibilities for effective global governance of science in Europe, India and China. Authors from the three regions join forces to explore how ethical concerns over new technologies can be incorporated into global science and technology policies. The first chapter introduces the topic, offering a global perspective on embeddi...

Networks in the Russian Market Economy
Networks in the Russian Market Economy

by Markku Lonkila

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. This book examines the significance of networks among the firms operative in the contemporary Russian software industry in the St. Petersburg region....

Making Medicines in Africa
Making Medicines in Africa

by Maureen Mackintosh, Geoffrey Banda, Paula Tibandebage, Watu Wamae

The importance of the pharmaceutical industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, its claim to policy priority, is rooted in the vast unmet health needs of the sub-continent. Making Medicines in Africa is a collective endeavour, by a group of contributors with a strong African and more broadly Southern presence, to find ways to link technological development, i...

Managing Elevated Risk
Managing Elevated Risk

by Iwan J. Azis, Hyun Song Shin

This book discusses the risks and opportunities that arise in Emerging Asia given the context of a new environment in global liquidity and capital flows. It elaborates on the need to ensure financial and overall economic stability in the region through improved financial regulation and other policy measures to minimize the emergent risks. "Man...

Microfinance 3.0
Microfinance 3.0

by Doris Köhn

This book focuses on the achievements, current trends and further potential of microfinance to scale-up and serve many more clients with financial services that enable them to improve their living conditions. The book asks what it takes to achieve sustainable impact: to know your clients and to understand their needs, to treat them in a fair and tr...

Determinants of Financial Development
Determinants of Financial Development

by Yongfu Huang

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. This book examines the emergence of both financial markets and carbon markets, and provides an in-depth investigation on the fundamental determinants of financial development....

The Dynamics of Opportunity in America
The Dynamics of Opportunity in America

by Irwin Kirsch, Henry Braun

Across the country, our children are beginning life from very different starting points. Some have aspirations and believe they can be achieved. For too many others, aspirations are tempered, if not dashed, by the sobering realities of everyday life. These different starting points place children on distinctly different trajectories of growth and d...

Greening the Financial Sector
Greening the Financial Sector

by Doris Köhn

Given the manifold challenges of financial sectors in developing and transition countries, one might be tempted to believe that embarking on "green" finance is not a priority for financial systems development. However, there are a number of arguments against this view. Environmental finance, particularly energy efficiency and renewable en...

Cultural Heritage in a Changing World
Cultural Heritage in a Changing World

by Karol Jan Borowiecki, Neil Forbes, Antonella Fresa

The central purpose of this collection of essays is to make a creative addition to the debates surrounding the cultural heritage domain. In the 21st century the world faces epochal changes which affect every part of society, including the arenas in which cultural heritage is made, held, collected, curated, exhibited, or simply exists. The book is a...

The EU and China in African Authoritarian Regimes
The EU and China in African Authoritarian Regimes

by Christine Hackenesch

This book analyses the domestic politics of African dominant party regimes, most notably African governments' survival strategies, to explain their variance of opinions and responses towards the reforming policies of the EU. The author discredits the widespread assumption that the growing presence of China in Africa has made the EU's task of suppor...

The Economy as a Complex Spatial System
The Economy as a Complex Spatial System

by Pasquale Commendatore, Ingrid Kubin, Spiros Bougheas, Alan Kirman, Michael Kopel, Gian Italo Bischi

This collected volume represents the final outcome of the COST Action IS1104 "The EU in the new complex geography of economic systems: models, tools and policy evaluation".Visualizing the EU as a complex and multi-layered network, the book is organized in three parts, each of them dealing with a different level of analysis: At the macro-l...

The Great Mindshift
The Great Mindshift

by Maja Göpel

Sustainable development is the 21st Century's wicked problem. After 40 years into this agenda have reversed only few unsustainable trends we hear the call for aparadigm shift, transformation, radical change or system innovations in order to finally change course. But what does this actually mean? And how do we put it into practice? This book descr...

Finance for Food
Finance for Food

by Doris Köhn

This book reflects the current state of discussion about agricultural and rural finance in developing and transition countries. It provides insight into specific themes, such as commodity value chains, farm banking, risk management in agricultural banking, structured finance, crop insurance, mobile banking, and how to increase effectiveness in rura...

Understanding Risks and Uncertainties in Energy and Climate Policy
Understanding Risks and Uncertainties in Energy and Climate Policy

by Haris Doukas, Alexandros Flamos, Jenny Lieu

This book analyzes and seeks to consolidate the use of robust quantitative tools and qualitative methods for the design and assessment of energy and climate policies. In particular, it examines energy and climate policy performance and associated risks, as well as public acceptance and portfolio analysis in climate policy, and presents methods for ...

AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City
AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City

by Jean-Paul Close

This book describes the coming about and first results of the AiREAS "healthy city" cooperative in the city of Eindhoven and Province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. AiREAS is an initiative focused on the multidisciplinary co-creation of healthy cities using the core human value of human health and air quality as guiding principle fo...

Cost and Revenue Overruns of the Olympic Games 2000–2018
Cost and Revenue Overruns of the Olympic Games 2000–2018

by Holger Preuß, Wladimir Andreff, Maike Weitzmann

In this book the cost and revenue overruns of Olympic Games from Sydney 2000 to PyeongChang 2018 from eight years before the Games to Games‐time are investigated to provide a base for future host cities. The authors evaluated the development of expenditure and revenues of the organizing committees to operate the event, and the investment of taxpa...

Saving for Development
Saving for Development

by Inter-American Development Bank

Why should people - and economies - save? This book on the savings problem in Latin America and the Caribbean suggests that, while saving to survive the bad times is important, saving to thrive in the good times is what really counts. People must save to invest in health and education, live productive and fulfilling lives, and make the most of thei...

AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City
AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City

by Jean-Paul Close

This volume describes phase 3 of the AiREAS multidisciplinary cocreation effort to produce a Healthy City. Phase 1 referred to making visible the invisible from an air quality and human exposure perspective. Phase 2 studies air quality related to health and Phase 3 looks at air quality, health and lifestyle from the perspective of persuasion to inn...

Mobilities of the Highly Skilled towards Switzerland
Mobilities of the Highly Skilled towards Switzerland

by Laure Sandoz

This book analyses the strategies of migration intermediaries from the public and private sectors in Switzerland to select, attract, and retain highly skilled migrants who represent value to them. It reveals how state and economic actors define "wanted immigrants" and provide them with privileged access to the Swiss territory and labour m...

Synchronized Factories
Synchronized Factories

by Juan S. Blyde

The objective of this report is to examine the extent to which countries in Latin America and the Caribbean participate in global value chains and what are the drivers of such participation. Production processes have been increasingly fragmented worldwide. For example, the production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner involves 43 suppliers located in 13...

Ukrainian Migration to the European Union
Ukrainian Migration to the European Union

by Olena Fedyuk, Marta Kindler

This book brings together research findings from a variety of disciplines in this integrated study of the migration of Ukrainian nationals to the EU. It contextualizes and historicizes this migration against the background of the series of crises experienced by Ukraine and the wider region over the last thirty or so years, from the dissolution of t...

Housing Estates in Europe
Housing Estates in Europe

by Daniel Baldwin Hess, Tiit Tammaru, Maarten van Ham

This book explores the formation and socio-spatial trajectories of large housing estates in Europe. Are these estates clustered or scattered? Which social groups originally had access to residential space in housing estates? What is the size, scale and geography of housing estates, their architectural and built environment composition, services and...

The Plight of Older Workers
The Plight of Older Workers

by Isabel Baumann

This book examines the economic, social, and psychological consequences of manufacturing plant closure at the individual level. Using an original data set of over 1,200 workers from Switzerland who lost their manufacturing jobs after the financial crisis of 2008, the author analyzes the determinants of reemployment, the sector of reemployment, and ...

The Chinese Economic Transformation
The Chinese Economic Transformation

by Ligang Song, Yixiao Zhou, Luke Hurst

The Chinese Economic Transformation, the 19th volume in the China Update book series, provides an opportunity for young economists to share their views on various issues relating to the Chinese economic transformation. More than half of the contributors to this book are female scholars. Some of the contributors are rising stars in the studies of th...

Faith, Finance, and Economy
Faith, Finance, and Economy

by Tanweer Akram, Salim Rashid

This book seeks to foster a multidisciplinary understanding of the ties between faith, financial intermediation, and economic progress by drawing on research across economics, finance, history, philosophy, ethics, theology, public policy, law, and other disciplines. Chapters in this edited volume examine themes as consequential as economic opportun...

Stochastic Discounted Cash Flow
Stochastic Discounted Cash Flow

by Lutz Kruschwitz, Andreas Löffler

This free book discusses firm valuation, which is of interest to economists, particularly those working in finance. Firm valuation comes down to the calculation of the discounted cash flow, often only referred to by its abbreviation, DCF. There are, however, different coexistent versions, which seem to compete against each other, such as entity app...

Regeneration of the Built Environment from a Circular Economy Perspective
Regeneration of the Built Environment from a Circular Economy Perspective

by Stefano Della Torre, Sara Cattaneo, Camilla Lenzi, Alessandra Zanelli

This free book explores the strategic importance and advantages of adopting multidisciplinary and multiscalar approaches of inquiry and intervention with respect to the built environment, based on principles of sustainability and circular economy strategies. A series of key challenges are considered in depth from a multidisciplinary perspective, sp...

Extended Working Life Policies
Extended Working Life Policies

by Áine Ní Léime, Jim Ogg, Martina Rašticová, Debra Street, Clary Krekula, Monika Bédiová, Ignacio Madero-Cabib

This volume addresses the current debate on extended working life policy by considering the influence of gender and health on the experiences of older workers. Bringing together an international team of scholars, it tackles issues as gender, health status and job/ occupational characteristics that structure the capacity and outcomes associated with...

Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences
Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences

by Michaela Kreyenfeld, Dirk Konietzka

​This open access book provides an overview of childlessness throughout Europe. It offers a collection of papers written by leading demographers and sociologists that examine contexts, causes, and consequences of childlessness in countries throughout the region.The book features data from all over Europe. It specifically highlights patterns of ch...

Disability, Health and Human Development
Disability, Health and Human Development

by Sophie Mitra

This book introduces the human development model to define disability and map its links with health and wellbeing, based on Sen's capability approach. The author uses panel survey data with internationally comparable questions on disability for Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. It presents evidence on the prevalence of disability and its stron...

White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin
White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin

by Rob Cramb

This open access book is about understanding the processes involved in the transformation of smallholder rice farming in the Lower Mekong Basin from a low-yielding subsistence activity to one producing the surpluses needed for national self-sufficiency and a high-value export industry. For centuries, farmers in the Basin have regarded rice as "...

River Basin Development and Human Rights in Eastern Africa — A Policy Crossroads
River Basin Development and Human Rights in Eastern Africa — A Policy Crossroads

by Claudia J. Carr

This book offers a devastating look at deeply flawed development processes driven by international finance, African governments and the global consulting industry. It examines major river basin development underway in the semi-arid borderlands of Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan and its disastrous human rights consequences for a half-million indigen...

Atlas of Challenges and Opportunities in European Neighbourhoods
Atlas of Challenges and Opportunities in European Neighbourhoods

by Pierre Beckouche, Pierre Besnard, Hugues Pecout

This atlas provides a macro-regional overview of the areas that surround the European Union, from the Sahara to the Middle East, Western Balkans to European Russia, Turkey to the Arctic. Detailing key socio-economic data as well as developmental trends, the maps provide a comprehensive territorial analysis at a local scale and explore the potential...

Marginality
Marginality

by Joachim von Braun, Franz W. Gatzweiler

This volume presents new insights on marginality, i.e. the situation of people living on the edge of socio-economic and ecological systems. The marginality concept leads to different development policies. While the prevalence of poverty declined by about 50 percent in the past two decades, any further reduction of poverty will be more difficult, be...

Aquaculture Perspective of Multi-Use Sites in the Open Ocean
Aquaculture Perspective of Multi-Use Sites in the Open Ocean

by Bela H. Buck, Richard Langan

This volume addresses the potential for combining large-scale marine aquaculture of macroalgae, molluscs, crustaceans, and finfish, with offshore structures, primarily those associated with energy production, such as wind turbines and oil-drilling platforms. The volume offers a comprehensive overview and includes chapters on policy, science, engine...

Knowledge and Networks
Knowledge and Networks

by Johannes Glückler, Emmanuel Lazega, Ingmar Hammer

This book discusses a core question in many fields of the social sciences, namely how to create, share and adopt new knowledge. It creates an original space for conversation between two lines of research that have developed largely in parallel for a long time: social network theory and the geography of knowledge. This book considers that relational...

Multi-dimensional Approaches Towards New Technology
Multi-dimensional Approaches Towards New Technology

by Ashish Bharadwaj, Vishwas H. Devaiah, Indranath Gupta

This open access edited book captures the complexities and conflicts arising at the interface of intellectual property rights (IPR) and competition law. To do so, it discusses four specific themes: (a) policies governing functioning of standard setting organizations (SSOs), transparency and incentivising future innovation; (b) issue of royalties fo...

The Third Sector as a Renewable Resource for Europe
The Third Sector as a Renewable Resource for Europe

by Bernard Enjolras, Lester M. Salamon, Karl Henrik Sivesind, Annette Zimmer

This book provides a critical account of the third sector and its future in Europe. It offers an original conceptualization of the third sector in its European manifestations alongside an overview of its major contours, including its structure, sources of support, and recent trends. It also assesses the impact of this sector in Europe which conside...

Pathways and Consequences of Legal Irregularity
Pathways and Consequences of Legal Irregularity

by Erik Vickstrom

This book provides a unique study of the complexities and consequences of irregular legal status of Senegalese migrants in Europe. It employs sophisticated quantitative methods to analyze unique life-history data to produce policy-relevant conclusions. Using the MAFE dataset as empirical evidence, the book focuses on the legal paths of Senegalese ...

New and Old Routes of Portuguese Emigration
New and Old Routes of Portuguese Emigration

by Cláudia Pereira, Joana Azevedo

This book offers a comparative overview on Portuguese emigration in Europe and outside the EU in times of recession. It looks at Portuguese emigrants who, after the crisis of 2008, moved both intra-EU, such as UK, France, Switzerland, Germany and Spain, but also into countries with historical links, such as the USA and Canada, and to Portuguese spe...

Social Statistics and Ethnic Diversity
Social Statistics and Ethnic Diversity

by Patrick Simon, Victor Piché, Amélie Gagnon

This book examines the question of collecting and disseminating data on ethnicity and race in order to describe characteristics of ethnic and racial groups, identify factors of social and economic integration and implement policies to redress discrimination. It offers a global perspective on the issue by looking at race and ethnicity in a wide vari...

Russia's Turn to the East
Russia's Turn to the East

by Helge Blakkisrud, Elana Wilson Rowe

This book explores if and how Russian policies towards the Far East region of the country – and East Asia more broadly – have changed since the onset of the Ukraine crisis and Russia's annexation of Crimea. Following the 2014 annexation and the subsequent enactment of a sanctions regime against the country, the Kremlin has emphasized the easter...

South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis
South-North Migration of EU Citizens in Times of Crisis

by Jean-Michel Lafleur, Mikolaj Stanek

This book looks at the migration of Southern European EU citizens (from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece) who move to Northern European Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, United Kingdom) in response to the global economic crisis.Its objective is twofold. First, it identifies the scale and nature of this new Southern European emigration and exam...

Integrated Groundwater Management
Integrated Groundwater Management

by Anthony J. Jakeman, Olivier Barreteau, Randall J. Hunt, Jean-Daniel Rinaudo, Andrew Ross

The aim of this book is to document for the first time the dimensions and requirements of effective integrated groundwater management (IGM). Groundwater management is a formidable challenge, one that remains one of humanity's foremost priorities. It has become a largely non-renewable resource that is overexploited in many parts of the world. In the...

The Entrepreneurial Society
The Entrepreneurial Society

by Niklas Elert, Magnus Henrekson, Mark Sanders

This book builds on the European Union's (EU) Horizon 2020 project 'Financial and Institutional Reforms for an Entrepreneurial Society' (FIRES). The authors outline how Europe can move towards more inclusive, innovative and sustainable growth through reforms that will rekindle its entrepreneurial spirit. Based on decades of research and countless d...

Innovation Capacity and the City
Innovation Capacity and the City

by Grazia Concilio, Ilaria Tosoni

This free book represents one of the key milestones of DESIGNSCAPES, an H2020 CSA (Coordination and Support Action) research project funded by the European Commission under the Call "User-driven innovation: value creation through design-enabled innovation". The book demonstrates that adopting design allows us to embed innovation within th...

Energy in Africa
Energy in Africa

by Manfred Hafner, Simone Tagliapietra, Lucia de Strasser

This book presents a picture of the current energy challenges on the African continent (and the Sub-Saharan region in particular) and proposes pathways to an accelerated energy transition. Starting with an analysis of the status quo and the outlook for Africa's energy demand and energy access, it provides an account of the available resources, incl...

Iberian World Empires and the Globalization of Europe 1415–1668
Iberian World Empires and the Globalization of Europe 1415–1668

by Bartolomé Yun-Casalilla

This book analyses Iberian expansion by using knowledge accumulated in recent years to test some of the most important theories regarding Europe's economic development. Adopting a comparative perspective, it considers the impact of early globalization on Iberian and Western European institutions, social development and political economies. In spite...

Handbook of Ocean Wave Energy
Handbook of Ocean Wave Energy

by Arthur Pecher, Jens Peter Kofoed

Тhis book offers a concise, practice-oriented reference-guide to the field of ocean wave energy. The ten chapters highlight the key rules of thumb, address all the main technical engineering aspects and describe in detail all the key aspects to be considered in the techno-economic assessment of wave energy converters. Written in an easy-to-underst...

Stochastics of Environmental and Financial Economics
Stochastics of Environmental and Financial Economics

by Fred Espen Benth, Giulia Di Nunno

These Proceedings offer a selection of peer-reviewed research and survey papers by some of the foremost international researchers in the fields of finance, energy, stochastics and risk, who present their latest findings on topical problems. The papers cover the areas of stochastic modeling in energy and financial markets; risk management with envir...

Geographies of the University
Geographies of the University

by Peter Meusburger, Michael Heffernan, Laura Suarsana

This open access volume raises awareness of the histories, geographies, and practices of universities and analyzes their role as key actors in today's global knowledge economy. Universities are centers of research, teaching, and expertise with significant economic, social, and cultural impacts at different geographical scales. Scholars from a varie...

Time Predictions
Time Predictions

by Torleif Halkjelsvik, Magne Jørgensen

Predicting the time needed to complete a project, task or daily activity can be difficult and people frequently underestimate how long an activity will take. This book sheds light on why and when this happens, what we should do to avoid it and how to give more realistic time predictions. It describes methods for predicting time usage in situations ...

Finding the Limits of the Limes
Finding the Limits of the Limes

by Philip Verhagen, Jamie Joyce, Mark Groenhuijzen

This book demonstrates the application of simulation modelling and network analysis techniques in the field of Roman studies. It summarizes and discusses the results of a 5-year research project carried out by the editors that aimed to apply spatial dynamical modelling to reconstruct and understand the socio-economic development of the Dutch part o...

Social and Political Dimensions of Mathematics Education
Social and Political Dimensions of Mathematics Education

by Murad Jurdak, Renuka Vithal, Elizabeth de Freitas, Peter Gates, David Kollosche

This book examines the current thinking on five critical social and political areas in mathematics education. It focuses on material conditions in teaching and learning, and details features of social life and their influence on mathematics teaching, learning and achievement. Following an introduction, the first section addresses equitable access a...

Housing Estates in the Baltic Countries
Housing Estates in the Baltic Countries

by Daniel Baldwin Hess, Tiit Tammaru

This book focuses on the formation and later socio-spatial trajectories of large housing estates in the Baltic countries - Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. It also explores claims that a distinctly "westward-looking orientation" in their design produced housing estates that were superior in design to those produced elsewhere in the Soviet ...

Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus
Migrants and Expats: The Swiss Migration and Mobility Nexus

by Ilka Steiner, Philippe Wanner

This book provides insight on current patterns of migration in Switzerland, which fall along a continuum from long-term and permanent to more temporary and fluid. These patterns are shaped by the interplay of legal norms, economic drivers and societal factors. The various dimensions of this Migration-Mobility Nexus are investigated by means of new...

Reality Lost
Reality Lost

by Vincent F. Hendricks, Mads Vestergaard

This book looks at how a democracy can devolve into a post-factual state.The media is being flooded by populist narratives, fake news, conspiracy theories and make-believe. Misinformation is turning into a challenge for all of us, whether politicians, journalists, or citizens. In the age of information, attention is a prime asset and may be convert...

The Brownian Motion
The Brownian Motion

by Andreas Löffler, Lutz Kruschwitz

This open access textbook is the first to provide Business and Economics Ph.D. students with a precise and intuitive introduction to the formal backgrounds of modern financial theory. It explains Brownian motion, random processes, measures, and Lebesgue integrals intuitively, but without sacrificing the necessary mathematical formalism, making them...

The European Landing Obligation
The European Landing Obligation

by Sven Sebastian Uhlmann, Clara Ulrich, Steven J. Kennelly

This book provides a comprehensive examination of the European Landing Obligation policy from many relevant perspectives. It includes evaluations of its impacts at economical, socio-cultural, ecological and institutional levels. It also discusses the feasibility and benefits of several potential mitigation strategies. The book was timely published,...

Disrupted Development and the Future of Inequality in the Age of Automation
Disrupted Development and the Future of Inequality in the Age of Automation

by Lukas Schlog, lAndy Sumner

This book examines the future of inequality, work and wages in the age of automation with a focus on developing countries. The authors argue that the rise of a global 'robot reserve army' has profound effects on labor markets and economic development, but, rather than causing mass unemployment, new technologies are more likely to lead to stagnant w...

Microfinance, EU Structural Funds and Capacity Building for Managing Authorities
Microfinance, EU Structural Funds and Capacity Building for Managing Authorities

by Giovanni Nicola Pes, Pasqualina Porretta

In recent years, the European Commission has attached increasing importance to the use of financial engineering instruments rather than traditional grant-based financing for the microcredit sector, considering these to be the most efficient option available. This book presents a study of capacity building and structural funds in public managing au...

Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas
Mobilities, Boundaries, and Travelling Ideas

by Manja Stephan-Emmrich, Philipp Schröder

This collection brings together a variety of anthropological, historical and sociological case studies from Central Asia and the Caucasus to examine the concept of translocality. The chapters scrutinize the capacity of translocality to describe, in new ways, the multiple mobilities, exchange practices and globalizing processes that link places, peo...

Warlike and Peaceful Societies
Warlike and Peaceful Societies

by Agner Fog

Are humans violent or peaceful by nature? We are both. In this ambitious and wide-ranging book, Agner Fog presents a ground-breaking new argument that explains the existence of differently organised societies using evolutionary theory. It combines natural sciences and social sciences in a way that is rarely seen. According to a concept called...

Economic Aspects and Business Models of Free Software
Economic Aspects and Business Models of Free Software

by Amadeu Albós Raya, Lluís Bru Martínez, Irene Fernández Monsalve

This module is focused on the study of Free Software in relation with the private sector and the economic implications of its use and development models. We analyse the software industry from an economic perspective: how it was affected by the raise of free software and what is its potential for the future. On the other hand, we study how to use Fr...

Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Principles of Macroeconomics is an adaptation of the textbook, Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets, and Policy by D. Curtis and I. Irvine, and presents a complete and concise examination of introductory macroeconomics theory and policy suitable for a first introductory course. Examples are domestic and international in their subject matter and are o...

Fundamentals of Business
Fundamentals of Business

by Stephen J. Skripak

Fundamentals of Business, 2nd Edition is an 372-page open education resource intended to serve as a no-cost, faculty customizable primary text for one-semester undergraduate introductory business courses. It covers the following topics in business: Teamwork; economics; ethics; entrepreneurship; business ownership, management, and leadership; organi...

Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets and Policy
Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets and Policy

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets, and Policy by D. Curtis and I. Irvine provides complete, concise coverage of introductory macroeconomics theory and policy. The textbook observes short-run macroeconomic performance, analysis, and policy motivated by the recessions of the early 1980s and 1990s, the financial crisis and recession of 2008-2009, and...

Business Ethics - A Philosophical and Behavioral Approach
Business Ethics - A Philosophical and Behavioral Approach

by Christian A. Conrad

This textbook examines the extent to which moral values play a role as productive forces for the economy, and explores the effect of ethical and unethical Behavior on the economy. It shows how ethics improves productivity in the economy, and provides specific ethics tools for practical application for students and managers. Stemming from an overall...

Environmental Leadership Capacity Building in Higher Education
Environmental Leadership Capacity Building in Higher Education

by Takashi Mino, Keisuke Hanaki

The Graduate Program in Sustainability Science under the Department of Urban Engineering of The University of Tokyo has been running an environmental leadership education program at the graduate student level since 2007 called the Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL). This book describes the University's experiences in esta...

Pragmatic Philanthropy
Pragmatic Philanthropy

by Ruth A. Shapiro, Manisha Mirchandani, Heesu Jang

This cutting edge text considers how Asian philanthropists and charitable organizations break with Western philanthropic traditions and examines the key traits and trends that make social investment in Asia unique. Based on 30 case studies of excellent social delivery organizations (SDOs) and social enterprises as well as interviews with ultra-high...

Transgovernance
Transgovernance

by Louis Meuleman

'Transgovernance: Advancing Sustainability Governance' analyses what implications recent and ongoing changes in the relations between politics, science and media – together characterized as the emergence of a knowledge democracy – may have for governance for sustainable development, on global and other levels of societal decision making, and v...

Goods and Services of Marine Bivalves
Goods and Services of Marine Bivalves

by Aad C. Smaal, Joao G. Ferreira, Jon Grant, Jens K. Petersen, Øivind Strand

The aim of this book is to review and analyse the goods and services of bivalve shellfish. How they are defined, what determines the ecological functions that are the basis for the goods and services, what controversies in the use of goods and services exist, and what is needed for sustainable exploitation of bivalves from the perspective of the va...

Fulfilling the Promise of Technology Transfer
Fulfilling the Promise of Technology Transfer

by Koichi Hishida

Universities and research institutes are increasingly expected to contribute to society by creating innovation from the returns of their research results and the establishment of new technologies. Toward that goal, Keio University in Japan held an international symposium titled "Fulfilling the Promise of Technology Transfer: Fostering Innovati...

The Crisis for Young People
The Crisis for Young People

by Andy Green

This book provides an original and challenging analysis of one of the most pressing social issues of our times: intergenerational inequality. Based on recent mixed-method research, it explores the extent and scope of generational divides through an up-to-date analysis of the changing opportunities for young people in Britain across different life d...

Mergers and Alliances in Higher Education
Mergers and Alliances in Higher Education

by Adrian Curaj, Luke Georghiou, Jennifer Cassingena Harper, Eva Egron-Polak

Higher education in Europe and beyond faces a series of major challenges. The economic crisis has accelerated expectations of an increased role in addressing economic and societal challenges while, at the same time, putting pressure on available finances. Broader trends such as shifting student demographics and expectations, globalisation and mobil...

Enabling Asia to Stabilise the Climate
Enabling Asia to Stabilise the Climate

by Shuzo Nishioka

This book presents good practices in Asia and ASEAN countries for effectively promoting advances in response to climate change, which can help to achieve sustainable development in Asia and around the world. As a proposal, the aim is to influence the discussions at COP 21 by providing a positive agenda with concrete actions from an Asian perspectiv...

Energy Poverty
Energy Poverty

by Stefan Bouzarovski

This book aims to consolidate and advance debates on European and global energy poverty by exploring the political and infrastructural drivers and implications of the condition across a variety of spatial scales. It highlights the need for a geographical conceptualization of the different ways in which household-level energy deprivation both influe...

The European Higher Education Area
The European Higher Education Area

by Adrian Curaj, Liviu Matei, Remus Pricopie, Jamil Salmi, Peter Scott

Bridging the gap between higher education research and policy making was always a challenge, but the recent calls for more evidence-based policies have opened a window of unprecedented opportunity for researchers to bring more contributions to shaping the future of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). Encouraged by the success of the 2011 fir...

Global Business Strategy
Global Business Strategy

by Kazuyuki Motohashi

This book presents theories and case studies for corporations in developed nations, including Japan, for designing strategies to maximize opportunities and minimize threats in business expansion into developing nations. The case studies featured here focus on Asia, including China and India, and use examples of Japanese manufacturers. Five case st...

Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks
Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks

by Nobuhiro Kaneko, Shinji Yoshiura, Masanori Kobayashi

We are not free from environmental risks that accompany the development of human societies. Modern economic development has accelerated environmental pollution, caused loss of natural habitats, and modified landscapes. These environmental changes have impacted natural systems: water and heat circulation, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity. These ch...

Environmental Governance in Latin America
Environmental Governance in Latin America

by Fábio de Castro, Barbara Hogenboom, Michiel Baud

The multiple purposes of nature - livelihood for communities, revenues for states, commodities for companies, and biodiversity for conservationists - have turned environmental governance in Latin America into a highly contested arena. In such a resource-rich region, unequal power relations, conflicting priorities, and trade-offs among multiple goal...

Bioeconomy
Bioeconomy

by Iris Lewandowski

This book defines the new field of "Bioeconomy" as the sustainable and innovative use of biomass and biological knowledge to provide food, feed, industrial products, bioenergy and ecological services. The chapters highlight the importance of bioeconomy-related concepts in public, scientific, and political discourse. Using an interdiscipli...

Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation
Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation

by Nuno Crato, Paolo Paruolo

In the light of better and more detailed administrative databases, this book provides statistical tools for evaluating the effects of public policies advocated by governments and public institutions. Experts from academia, national statistics offices and various research centers present modern econometric methods for an efficient data-driven policy...

Aquaponics Food Production Systems
Aquaponics Food Production Systems

by Simon Goddek, Alyssa Joyce, Benz Kotzen, Gavin M. Burnell

This book, written by world experts in aquaponics and related technologies, provides the authoritative and comprehensive overview of the key aquaculture and hydroponic and other integrated systems, socio-economic and environmental aspects. Aquaponic systems, which combine aquaculture and vegetable food production offer alternative technology soluti...

Advancing Energy Policy
Advancing Energy Policy

by Chris Foulds, Rosie Robison

This book advocates for the Social Sciences and Humanities to be more involved in energy policymaking. It forms part of the European platform for energy-related Social Sciences and Humanities' activities, and works on the premise that crossing disciplines is essential. All of its contributions are highly interdisciplinary, with each chapter grounde...

Constructing Roma Migrants
Constructing Roma Migrants

by Tina Magazzini, Stefano Piemontese

This book presents a cross-disciplinary insight and policy analysis into the effects of European legal and political frameworks on the life of 'Roma migrants' in Europe. It outlines the creation and implementation of Roma policies at the European level, provides a systematic understanding of identity-based exclusion and explores concrete case studi...

Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa
Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa

by Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu

This book presents a strong philosophical, theoretical and practical argument for the mainstreaming of indigenous knowledge in curricula development, and in teaching and learning across the African continent. Since the dawn of political independence in Africa, there has been an ongoing search for the kind of education that will create a class of pr...

Life Cycle Management
Life Cycle Management

by Guido Sonnemann, Manuele Margni

This book provides insight into the Life Cycle Management (LCM) concept and the progress in its implementation. LCM is a management concept applied in industrial and service sectors to improve products and services, while enhancing the overall sustainability performance of business and its value chains. In this regard, LCM is an opportunity to diff...

Linear Selection Indices in Modern Plant Breeding
Linear Selection Indices in Modern Plant Breeding

by J. Jesus Céron-Rojas, José Crossa

This book focuses on the linear selection index (LSI) theory and its statistical properties. It addresses the single-stage LSI theory by assuming that economic weights are fixed and known - or fixed, but unknown - to predict the net genetic merit in the phenotypic, marker and genomic context. Further, it shows how to combine the LSI theory with the...

Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research and Innovation Symposium 2018 (RERIS 2018)
Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research and Innovation Symposium 2018 (RERIS 2018)

by Moeketsi Mpholo, Dirk Steuerwald, Tonny Kukeera

This book presents the proceedings of the 2nd Africa-EU Renewable Energy Research and Innovation Symposium (RERIS 18), held in Maseru, Lesotho in January 2018. The symposium aimed to foster research cooperation on renewable energy between Africa and Europe - in academia, as well as the private and public sectors. Addressing thematic areas such as:...

The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment
The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment

by Philippus Wester, Arabinda Mishra, Aditi Mukherji, Arun Bhakta Shrestha

This open access volume is the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. It comprises important scientific research on the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable mountain development and will serve as a basis for evidence-based decision-making to safeguard the environment and advance people's well-b...

Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation
Regional and Local Development in Times of Polarisation

by Thilo Lang, Franziska Görmar

Despite the emphasis of the European Regional Policy on territorial cohesion, regional disparities have been increasing within Europe in the past years. The metropolitan areas in almost all countries are considerably growing while regions outside of agglomerations are stagnating or even declining. Against this background this book aims to provide a...

Nature-Based Flood Risk Management on Private Land
Nature-Based Flood Risk Management on Private Land

by Thomas Hartmann, Lenka Slavíková, Simon McCarthy

This book addresses the various disciplinary aspects of nature-based solutions in flood risk management on private land. In recent decades, water management has been moving towards nature-based solutions. These are assumed to be much more multi-purpose than traditional "grey infrastructures" and seem to be regarded as a panacea for many e...

Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals
Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals

by Sven Teske

This book presents detailed pathways to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050, globally and across ten geographical regions. Based on state-of-the-art scenario modelling, it provides the vital missing link between renewable energy targets and the measures needed to achieve them. Bringing together the latest research in climate science, renewable en...

The Interconnected Arctic - UArctic Congress 2016
The Interconnected Arctic - UArctic Congress 2016

by Kirsi Latola, Hannele Savela

This book presents the most current research results and knowledge from five multidisciplinary themes: Vulnerability of Arctic Environments, Vulnerability of Arctic Societies, Local and Traditional Knowledge, Building Long-term Human Capacity, New Markets for the Arctic, including tourism and safety. The themes are those discussed at the first ever...

History of Mathematics Teaching and Learning
History of Mathematics Teaching and Learning

by Alexander Karp, Fulvia Furinghetti

This work examines the main directions of research conducted on the history of mathematics education. It devotes substantial attention to research methodologies and the connections between this field and other scholarly fields. The results of a survey about academic literature on this subject are accompanied by a discussion of what has yet to be do...

New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research
New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research

by Alex Nicholls, Julie Simon, Madeleine Gabriel

Interest in social innovation continues to rise, from governments setting up social innovation 'labs' to large corporations developing social innovation strategies. Yet theory lags behind practice, and this hampers our ability to understand social innovation and make the most of its potential. This collection brings together work by leading social ...

Biofuels and Sustainability
Biofuels and Sustainability

by Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Hideaki Shiroyama, Osamu Saito, Masahiro Matsuura

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of biofuel use strategies from an interdisciplinary perspective using sustainability science. This interdisciplinary perspective (social science-natural science) means that the strategies and policy options proposed will have significant impacts on the economy and society alike. Biofuels are expected to c...

Handbook of Life Course Health Development
Handbook of Life Course Health Development

by Neal Halfon, Christopher B. Forrest, Richard M. Lerner, Elaine M. Faustman

This handbook synthesizes and analyzes the growing knowledge base on life course health development (LCHD) from the prenatal period through emerging adulthood, with implications for clinical practice and public health. It presents LCHD as an innovative field with a sound theoretical framework for understanding wellness and disease from a lifespan p...

Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century
Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century

by Eiman Karar

The objective of this book is to broadly illustrate the key aspects of water governance, mapping the spectrum of decision-making from techno-centric and eco-centric approaches, to hybrid concepts and people-centric approaches. Topics covered include the challenges for water-governance models, the polycentric model, the integration challenge, water ...

China's Gas Development Strategies
China's Gas Development Strategies

by Shell Centre, The Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China

This book examines how China can increase the share of natural gas in its energy system. China's energy strategy has global ramifications and impact, and central to this strategy is the country's transition from coal to gas. The book presents the culmination of a two-year collaboration between the Development Research Center of the State Council (D...

Youthquake 2017
Youthquake 2017

by James Sloam, Matt Henn

This book investigates the reasons behind the 2017 youthquake – which saw the highest rate of youth turnout in a quarter of a century, and an unprecedented gap in youth support for Labour over the Conservative Party – from both a comparative and a theoretical perspective. It compares youth turnout and party allegiance over time and traces chang...

Sequence Analysis and Related Approaches
Sequence Analysis and Related Approaches

by Gilbert Ritschard, Matthias Studer

This open access book provides innovative methods and original applications of sequence analysis (SA) and related methods for analysing longitudinal data describing life trajectories such as professional careers, family paths, the succession of health statuses, or the time use. The applications as well as the methodological contributions propo...

European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies
European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies

by Adrian Curaj, Ligia Deca, Remus Pricopie

Higher education has thrived in Europe for the last three decades supported by the powerful policy narratives of the European construction and knowledge society. The two together called for better-integrated societies with higher economic competitiveness, superior employment, and social cohesion. Extraordinary developments in higher education durin...

Innovations in Quantitative Risk Management
Innovations in Quantitative Risk Management

by Kathrin Glau, Matthias Scherer, Rudi Zagst

Quantitative models are omnipresent - but often controversially discussed - in todays risk management practice. New regulations, innovative financial products, and advances in valuation techniques provide a continuous flow of challenging problems for financial engineers and risk managers alike. Designing a sound stochastic model requires findin...

New Horizons for a Data-Driven Economy
New Horizons for a Data-Driven Economy

by José María Cavanillas, Edward Curry, Wolfgang Wahlster

In this book readers will find technological discussions on the existing and emerging technologies across the different stages of the big data value chain. They will learn about legal aspects of big data, the social impact, and about education needs and requirements. And they will discover the business perspective and how big data technology can be...

Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology
Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology

by Roland Clift, Angela Druckman

How can we design more sustainable industrial and urban systems that reduce environmental impacts while supporting a high quality of life for everyone? What progress has been made towards reducing resource use and waste, and what are the prospects for more resilient material-efficient economies? What are the environmental and social impacts of glob...

Transnational Entrepreneurship in South East Asia
Transnational Entrepreneurship in South East Asia

by Kazuko Yokoyama, Sarah Louisa Birchley

This book brings together narratives of inbound and outbound expatriate entrepreneurship in Japan to provide a comprehensive overview of international entrepreneurship in the region. Through in-depth interviews with expatriate entrepreneurs, policymakers, and additional stakeholders it provides the reader with a solid understanding of the current l...

Lone Parenthood in the Life Course
Lone Parenthood in the Life Course

by Laura Bernardi, Dimitri Mortelmans

Lone parenthood is an increasing reality in the 21st century, reinforced by the diffusion of divorce and separation. This volume provides a comprehensive portrait of lone parenthood at the beginning of the XXI century from a life course perspective. The contributions included in this volume examine the dynamics of lone parenthood in the life course...

Knowing the Salween River: Resource Politics of a Contested Transboundary River
Knowing the Salween River: Resource Politics of a Contested Transboundary River

by Carl Middleton, Vanessa Lamb

This book focuses on the Salween River, shared by China, Myanmar, and Thailand, that is increasingly at the heart of pressing regional development debates. The basin supports the livelihoods of over 10 million people, and within it there is great socio-economic, cultural and political diversity. The basin is witnessing intensifying dynamics of reso...

The Emigrant Communities of Latvia
The Emigrant Communities of Latvia

by Rita Kaša, Inta Mieriņa

This open access volume examines experiences of contemporary Latvian migrants, thereby focusing on reasons for emigration, processes of integration in their host countries, and – in the case of return migration - re-integration in their home country. In the context of European migration, the book describes the case of Latvia, which is interesting...

Knowledge and Institutions
Knowledge and Institutions

by Johannes Glückler, Roy Suddaby, Regina Lenz

This book bridges the disciplinary boundaries within the social sciences to explore the role of social institutions in shaping geographical contexts, and in creating new knowledge. It includes theorizations as well as original empirical case studies on the emergence, maintenance and change of institutions as well as on their constraining and enabli...

Global History and New Polycentric Approaches
Global History and New Polycentric Approaches

by Manuel Perez Garcia, Lucio De Sousa

Rethinking the ways global history is envisioned and conceptualized in diverse countries such as China, Japan, Mexico or Spain, this collections considers how global issues are connected with our local and national communities. It examines how the discipline had evolved in various historiographies, from Anglo Saxon to southern European, and its eme...

The Cost of Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Ireland
The Cost of Insanity in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

by Alice Mauger

This book is the first comparative study of public, voluntary and private asylums in nineteenth-century Ireland. Examining nine institutions, it explores whether concepts of social class and status and the emergence of a strong middle class informed interactions between gender, religion, identity and insanity. It questions whether medical and lay e...

Food Anxiety in Globalising Vietnam
Food Anxiety in Globalising Vietnam

by Judith Ehlert, Nora Katharina Faltmann

This book approaches the anxieties inherent in food consumption and production in Vietnam. The country's rapid and recent economic integration into global agro-food systems and consumer markets spurred a new quality of food safety concerns, health issues and distrust in food distribution networks that have become increasingly obscured. This edited ...

Between Mobility and Migration
Between Mobility and Migration

by Peter Scholten, Mark van Ostaijen

This book offers a critical perspective on intra-European mobility and migration by using new empirical data and theoretical discussions. It develops a theoretical and empirical analysis of the consequences of intra-European movement for sending and receiving urban regions in The Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, Turkey, Poland and Czech Republic. The ...

Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development
Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development

by Franz W. Gatzweiler, Joachim von Braun

The aim of the book is to present contributions in theory, policy and practice to the science and policy of sustainable intensification by means of technological and institutional innovations in agriculture. The research insights re from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The purpose of this book is to be a reference for students, scholars and prac...

Africa-Europe Research and Innovation Cooperation
Africa-Europe Research and Innovation Cooperation

by Andrew Cherry, James Haselip, Gerard Ralphs, Isabella E. Wagner

This edited volume is concerned with the evolution and achievements of cooperation in research and innovation between Africa and Europe, and points to the need for more diversified funding and finance mechanisms, and for novel models of collaboration to attract new actors and innovative ideas. It reflects on the political, economic, diplomatic and ...

Collective Actions in Europe
Collective Actions in Europe

by Csongor István Nagy

This book offers an analytical presentation of how Europe has created its own version of collective actions. In the last three decades, Europe has seen a remarkable proliferation of collective action legislation, making class actions the most successful export product of the American legal scholarship. While its spread has been surrounded by distru...

Designing Sustainable Energy for All
Designing Sustainable Energy for All

by Carlo Vezzoli, Fabrizio Ceschin, Lilac Osanjo, Mugendi M’Rithaa, Richie Moalosi, Venny Nakazibwe, Jan Carel Diehl

This book addresses the issue of diffusing sustainable energy access inlow- and middle-income contexts. Access to energy is one of the greatest challenges for many people living in low-income and developing contexts, as around 1.4 billion people lack access to electricity.Distributed Renewable Energy systems (DRE) are considered a promising approa...

A Life Course Perspective on Health Trajectories and Transitions
A Life Course Perspective on Health Trajectories and Transitions

by Claudine Burton-Jeangros, Stéphane Cullati, Amanda Sacker, David Blane

This book examines health trajectories and health transitions at different stages of the life course, including childhood, adulthood and later life. It provides findings that assess the role of biological and social transitions on health status over time.The essays examine a wide range of health issues, including the consequences of military servic...

Wellbeing and Devolution
Wellbeing and Devolution

by Jennifer Wallace

"In this book, Wallace elegantly shows how committed government intervention can improve wellbeing with rigour and impact. It's an essential read for anyone concerned with the future of the UK."Julia Unwin, CBE"As someone who commissioned one of the first attempts to learn from the devolved nations I am delighted to see this publicat...

Society - Water - Technology
Society - Water - Technology

by Reinhard Hüttl, Oliver Bens, Christine Bismuth, Sebastian Hoechstetter

This book presents the results of the Interdisciplinary Research Group "Society – Water – Technology" of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. It describes interdisciplinary evaluation criteria for major water engineering projects (MWEPs) and portrays an application to the Lower Jordan Valley (Middle East) and th...

A City in Blue and Green
A City in Blue and Green

by Peter G. Rowe, Limin Hee

This book highlights Singapore's development into a city in which water and greenery, along with associated environmental, technical, social and political aspects have been harnessed and cultivated into a liveable sustainable way of life. It is also a story about a unique and thoroughgoing approach to large-scale and potentially transferable water ...

Qualitative Freedom - Autonomy in Cosmopolitan Responsibility
Qualitative Freedom - Autonomy in Cosmopolitan Responsibility

by Claus Dierksmeier

In the light of growing political and religious fundamentalism, this book defends the idea of freedom as paramount for the attempt to find common ethical ground in the age of globality. The book sets out to examine as yet unexhausted ways to boost the resilience of the principle of liberalism. Critically reviewing the last 200 years of the philosop...

Drones and the Creative Industry
Drones and the Creative Industry

by Virginia Santamarina-Campos, Marival Segarra-Oña

This open access, interdisciplinary book presents innovative strategies in the use of civil drones in the cultural and creative industry. Specially aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the book offers valuable insights from the fields of marketing, engineering, arts and management. With contributions from experts representing varied ...

Deltas in the Anthropocene
Deltas in the Anthropocene

by Robert J. Nicholls, W. Neil Adger, Craig W. Hutton, Susan E. Hanson

The Anthropocene is the human-dominated modern era that has accelerated social, environmental and climate change across the world in the last few decades. This book examines the challenges the Anthropocene presents to the sustainable management of deltas, both the many threats as well as the opportunities. In the world's deltas the Anthropocene is ...

eIoT
eIoT

by Steffi O. Muhanji, Alison E. Flint, Amro M. Farid

This book explores the collision between the sustainable energy transition and the Internet of Things (IoT). In that regard, this book's arrival is timely. Not only is the Internet of Things for energy applications, herein called the energy Internet of Things (eIoT), rapidly developing but also the transition towards sustainable energy to abate glo...

Maritime Spatial Planning
Maritime Spatial Planning

by Jacek Zaucha, Kira Gee

Maritime or marine spatial planning has gained increasing prominence as an integrated, common-sense approach to promoting sustainable maritime development. A growing number of countries are engaged in preparing and implementing maritime spatial plans: however, questions are emerging from the growing body of MSP experience. How can maritime spatial ...

Old and New Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting
Old and New Perspectives on Mortality Forecasting

by Tommy Bengtsson, Nico Keilman

This book describes methods of mortality forecasting and discusses possible improvements. It contains a selection of previously unpublished and published papers, which together provide a state-of-the-art overview of statistical approaches as well as behavioural and biological perspectives. The different parts of the book provide discussions of cu...

Agroecological Transitions: From Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design
Agroecological Transitions: From Theory to Practice in Local Participatory Design

by Jacques-Eric Bergez, Elise Audouin, Olivier Therond

There is wide agreement on the need to change the prevalent agricultural models, given their negative impacts and their incompatibility with current societal issues. Agroecological transition has been promoted as a potential solution to the ecological, social and economic problems generated by these models. It however involves a systemic, multi-sca...

The Sustainability of Agro-Food and Natural Resource Systems in the Mediterranean Basin
The Sustainability of Agro-Food and Natural Resource Systems in the Mediterranean Basin

by Antonella Vastola

This book is focused on the challenges to implement sustainability in diverse contexts such as agribusiness, natural resource systems and new technologies. The experiences made by the researchers of the School of Agricultural, Forestry, Food and Environmental Science (SAFE) of the University of Basilicata offer a wide and multidisciplinary approach...

Understanding the Bigger Energy Picture
Understanding the Bigger Energy Picture

by Michael Düren

This book focuses on the global cycles of energy, water and carbon, which are not only the essentials of our main energy carriers, the fossil fuels, but are also the building blocks of life. The book offers an overview of the basic scientific facts and relationships that are needed to understand today's energy generation and use, how they relate to...

Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South
Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South

by Arul Chib, Julian May, Roxana Barrantes

The second volume in the SIRCA book series investigates the impact of information society initiatives by extending the boundaries of academic research into the realm of practice. Global in scope, it includes contributions and research projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America. The international scholarly community has taken a variety of approach...

Happiness is the Wrong Metric
Happiness is the Wrong Metric

by Amitai Etzioni

This timely book addresses the conflict between globalism and nationalism. It provides a liberal communitarian response to the rise of populism occurring in many democracies. The book highlights the role of communities next to that of the state and the market. It spells out the policy implications of liberal communitarianism for privacy, freedom o...

Building a Cashless Society
Building a Cashless Society

by Niklas Arvidsson

This free book tells the story of how Sweden is becoming a virtually cashless society. Its goal is to improve readers' understanding of what is driving this transition, and of the factors that are fostering and hampering it. In doing so, the book covers the role of central banks, political factors, needs for innovation, and the stakeholders involve...

Swiss Public Administration
Swiss Public Administration

by Andreas Ladner, Nils Soguel, Yves Emery, Sophie Weerts, Stéphane Nahrath

Swiss citizens approve of their government and the way democracy is practiced; they trust the authorities and are satisfied with the range of services Swiss governments provide. This is quite unusual when compared to other countries. This book provides insight into the organization and the functioning of the Swiss state. It claims that, beyond poli...

Complications and Quandaries in the ICT Sector
Complications and Quandaries in the ICT Sector

by Ashish Bharadwaj, Vishwas H. Devaiah, Indranath Gupta

With technology standards becoming increasingly common, particularly in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, the complexities and contradictions at the interface of intellectual property law and competition law have emerged strongly. This book talks about how the regulatory agencies and courts in the United States, European U...

Socioeconomic and Environmental Implications of Agricultural Residue Burning
Socioeconomic and Environmental Implications of Agricultural Residue Burning

by Parmod Kumar, Surender Kumar, Laxmi Joshi

This book discusses the important issue of the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of agricultural residue burning, common in agricultural practices in many parts of the world. In particular, it focuses on the pollution caused by rice residue burning using primary survey data from Punjab, India. It discusses emerging solutions to agricultural w...

Retirement Home? Ageing Migrant Workers in France and the Question of Return
Retirement Home? Ageing Migrant Workers in France and the Question of Return

by Alistair Hunter

This book offers new insights into the ageing-migration nexus and the nature of home. Documenting the hidden world of France's migrant worker hostels, it explores why older North and West African men continue to live past retirement age in this sub-standard housing. Conventional wisdom holds that at retirement labour migrants ought to instead retur...

The Psychology of Silicon Valley
The Psychology of Silicon Valley

by Katy Cook

This book explores the conscious and unconscious norms, values, and characteristics that drive behaviors within the high-tech capital of the world, Silicon Valley, and the sector it represents. In an era where the reach and influence of a single industry has the potential to define the future of our world, it has become apparent just how little we ...

Internal Diversity
Internal Diversity

by Sonja Moghaddari

This book explores the interrelation between diversity in migrants' internal relations and their experience of inequality in local and global contexts. Taking the case of Hamburg-based Iranians, it traces evaluation processes in ties between professionals - artists and entrepreneurs - since the 1930s, examining migrants' potential to act upon hiera...

Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice
Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice

by Ingrid Robeyns

How do we evaluate ambiguous concepts such as wellbeing, freedom, and social justice? How do we develop policies that offer everyone the best chance to achieve what they want from life? The capability approach, a theoretical framework pioneered by the philosopher and economist Amartya Sen in the 1980s, has become an increasingly influential way to ...

Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North
Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North

by Joachim Otto Habeck

Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North breaks new ground by exploring the concept of lifestyle from a distinctly anthropological perspective. Showcasing the collective work of ten experienced scholars in the field, the book goes beyond concepts of tradition that have often been the focus of previous research, to explain how political, economic ...

Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education
Sustainability, Human Well-Being, and the Future of Education

by Justin W. Cook

This book explores the key dimensions of a future education system designed to enable individuals, schools, and communities to achieve the twin twenty-first century challenges of sustainability and human well-being. For much of the twentieth century, Western education systems prepared students to enter the workforce, contribute to society and succe...

Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products and Policies
Designing Sustainable Technologies, Products and Policies

by Enrico Benetto, Kilian Gericke, Mélanie Guiton

This book provides insight into the implementation of Life Cycle approaches along the entire business value chain, supporting environmental, social and economic sustainability related to the development of industrial technologies, products, services and policies; and the development and management of smart agricultural systems, smart mobility syste...

West African Youth Challenges and Opportunity Pathways
West African Youth Challenges and Opportunity Pathways

by Mora L. McLean

This open access edited collection explores obstacles that impede, and potential pathways toward improving, the material and psychological well-being of youth in and from West Africa. Contributors range from researchers to practitioners, offering a transatlantic, transcontinental set of perspectives on the mounting evidence that, whether they resid...

Divorce in Europe
Divorce in Europe

by Dimitri Mortelmans

This free book collects the major discussions in divorce research in Europe. It starts with an understanding of divorce trends. Why was divorce increasing so rapidly throughout the US and Europe and do we see signs of a turn? Do cohabitation breakups influence divorce trends or is there a renewed stability on the partner market?In terms of divorce...

Magazines, Tourism, and Nation-Building in Mexico
Magazines, Tourism, and Nation-Building in Mexico

by Claire Lindsay

This free book discusses the relationship between periodicals, tourism, and nation-building in Mexico. It enquires into how magazines, a staple form of the promotional apparatus of tourism since its inception, articulated an imaginative geography of Mexico at a time when that industry became a critical means of economic recovery and political stabi...

Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth, Green Jobs and the Greening of Economies in Asia
Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth, Green Jobs and the Greening of Economies in Asia

by Rupert Maclean, Shanti Jagannathan, Brajesh Panth

This book presents an overview of the main research findings and case studies concerning education and skills for inclusive growth, green jobs and the greening of economies. Focusing on India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam, it discusses government and business sector responses to these issues and how Technical and Vocational Education and Train...

Innovative Models for Sustainable Development in Emerging African Countries
Innovative Models for Sustainable Development in Emerging African Countries

by Niccolò Aste, Stefano Della Torre, Cinzia Talamo, Rajendra Singh Adhikari, Corinna Rossi

This free book explores key issues and presents recent case studies in areas of importance for the transition to a circular model of development in emerging African countries that will minimize resource consumption and waste production. The topics covered include the development of sustainable housing models, energy and environmental issues in buil...

The Future of Election Administration
The Future of Election Administration

by Mitchell Brown, Kathleen Hale, Bridgett A. King

As the American election administration landscape changes as a result of major court cases, national and state legislation, changes in professionalism, and the evolution of equipment and security, so must the work of on-the-ground practitioners change. This Open Access title presents a series of case studies designed to highlight practical response...

Conceptualizing Environmental Citizenship for 21st Century Education
Conceptualizing Environmental Citizenship for 21st Century Education

by Andreas Ch. Hadjichambis, Pedro Reis, Demetra Paraskeva-Hadjichambi, Jan Činčera, Jelle Boeve-de Pauw, Niklas Gericke, Marie-Christine Knippels

This free book is about the development of a common understanding of environmental citizenship. It conceptualizes and frames environmental citizenship taking an educational perspective. Organized in four complementary parts, the book first explains the political, economic and societal dimensions of the concept. Next, it examines environmental citiz...

Loss and Damage from Climate Change
Loss and Damage from Climate Change

by Reinhard Mechler, Laurens M. Bouwer, Thomas Schinko, Swenja Surminski, JoAnne Linnerooth-Bayer

This book provides an authoritative insight on the Loss and Damage discourse by highlighting state-of-the-art research and policy linked to this discourse and articulating its multiple concepts, principles and methods. Written by leading researchers and practitioners, it identifies practical and evidence-based policy options to inform the discourse...

Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa
Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

by Damiano Matasci, Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, Hugo Gonçalves Dores

This open access edited volume offers an analysis of the entangled histories of education and development in twentieth-century Africa. It deals with the plurality of actors that competed and collaborated to formulate educational and developmental paradigms and projects: debating their utility and purpose, pondering their necessity and risk, and eva...

Energy Justice Across Borders
Energy Justice Across Borders

by Gunter Bombaerts, Kirsten Jenkins, Yekeen A. Sanusi, Wang Guoyu

We must find new and innovative ways of conceptualizing transboundary energy issues, of embedding concerns of ethics or justice into energy policy, and of operationalizing response to them. This book stems from the emergent gap; the need for comparative approaches to energy justice, and for those that consider ethical traditions that go beyond the ...

Working, Housing: Urbanizing
Working, Housing: Urbanizing

by Jennifer Robinson, Allen J. Scott, Peter J. Taylor

This book presents an incisive outline of the historical development and geography of cities. It focuses on three themes that constitute essential foundations for any understanding of urban form and function. These are: (a) the shifting patterns of urbanization through historical time, (b) the role of cities as centers of production and work in a ...

Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development
Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development

by Harry Lintsen, Frank Veraart, Jan-Pieter Smits, John Grin

This book examines more than two centuries of societal development using novel historical and statistical approaches. It applies the well-being monitor developed by Statistics Netherlands that has been endorsed by a significant part of the international, statistical community. It features The Netherlands as a case study, which is an especially inte...

The Social Metabolism of Spanish Agriculture, 1900–2008
The Social Metabolism of Spanish Agriculture, 1900–2008

by Manuel González de Molina, David Soto Fernández, Gloria Guzmán Casado, Juan Infante-Amate, Eduardo Aguilera Fernández, Jaime Vila Traver, Roberto García Ruiz

This book provides a panoramic view of the evolution of Spanish agriculture from 1900 to the present, offering a more diverse picture to the complex and multidimensional reality of agrarian production. With a clear transdisciplinary ambition, the book applies an original and innovative theoretical and methodological tool, termed Agrarian Social Met...

Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage
Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage

by Carola Hein

This book, building on research initiated by scholars from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development (CHGD) and ICOMOS Netherlands, presents multidisciplinary research that connects water to heritage. Through twenty-one chapters it explores landscapes, cities, engineering structures and buildings from around the world. It ...

Skills Development for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Asia-Pacific
Skills Development for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Asia-Pacific

by Rupert Maclean, Shanti Jagannathan, Jouko Sarvi

Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, which in recent years has been the engine of global economic growth , this volume surveys trends and prospects in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) with particular reference to achieving inclusive growth and the greening of economies. Underlying the increasing pressure for new models of TV...

Frontier Encounters
Frontier Encounters

by Franck Billé, Grégory Delaplace, Caroline Humphrey

China and Russia are rising economic and political powers that share thousands of miles of border. Yet, despite their proximity, their practical, local interactions with each other - and with their third neighbour Mongolia - are rarely discussed. The three countries share a boundary, but their traditions, languages and worldviews are remarkably dif...

Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Principles of Microeconomics is an adaptation of the textbook, Microeconomics: Markets, Methods, and Models by D. Curtis and I. Irvine, which provides concise yet complete coverage of introductory microeconomic theory, application and policy in a Canadian and global environment. This adaptation employs methods that use equations sparingly and do...

Microeconomics: Markets, Methods and Models
Microeconomics: Markets, Methods and Models

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Microeconomics: Markets, Methods, and Models by D.Curtis and I. Irvine provides concise yet complete coverage of introductory microeconomics theory, application and policy. The textbook begins with an explanation and development of the standard tools of analysis in the discipline and carries on to investigate the meaning of 'well-being' in the cont...

Transformation and Development
Transformation and Development

by Anja Mihr

This book features various studies on democratization, transformation, political and economic development, and security issues in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) geographical region and beyond. Written by experts and academics in the fields of human rights, security, transformation and development, particularly in pos...

Blockchain and Crypt Currency
Blockchain and Crypt Currency

by Makoto Yano, Chris Dai, Kenichi Masuda, Yoshio Kishimoto

This book contributes to the creation of a cyber ecosystem supported by blockchain technology in which technology and people can coexist in harmony. Blockchains have shown that trusted records, or ledgers, of permanent data can be stored on the Internet in a decentralized manner. The decentralization of the recording process is expected to signific...

Analyzing Qualitative Data with MAXQDA
Analyzing Qualitative Data with MAXQDA

by Udo Kuckartz, Stefan Rädiker

This book presents strategies for analyzing qualitative and mixed methods data with MAXQDA software, and provides guidance on implementing a variety of research methods and approaches, e.g. grounded theory, discourse analysis and qualitative content analysis, using the software. In addition, it explains specific topics, such as transcription, build...

Excel Data Analysis
Excel Data Analysis

by Hector Guerrero

This book offers a comprehensive and readable introduction to modern business and data analytics. It is based on the use of Excel, a tool that virtually all students and professionals have access to. The explanations are focused on understanding the techniques and their proper application, and are supplemented by a wealth of in-chapter and end-of-c...

Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation in Rural Settings
Disability and Vocational Rehabilitation in Rural Settings

by Debra A. Harley, Noel A. Ysasi, Malachy L. Bishop, Allison R. Fleming

This first-of-its-kind textbook surveys rehabilitation and vocational programs aiding persons with disabilities in remote and developing areas in the U.S. and abroad. Contributors discuss longstanding challenges to these communities, most notably economic and environmental obstacles and ongoing barriers to service delivery, as well as their resilie...

Humanities World Report 2015
Humanities World Report 2015

by Poul Holm, Arne Jarrick, Dominic Scott

The first of its kind, this Open Access 'Report' is a first step in assessing the state of the humanities worldwide. Based on an extensive literature review and enlightening interviews the book discusses the value of the humanities, the nature of humanities research and the relation between humanities and politics, amongst other issues....

Policy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe: Expanding Capacities
Policy-Oriented Technology Assessment Across Europe: Expanding Capacities

by Lars Klüver, Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen, Marie Louise Jørgensen

Policy-making to address grand challenges faces greater complexity than any previous project of modernization. Future scenarios are haunted by uncertainty and there is real ambivalence as to the values that policy should strive for. In this situation decision-makers look to research and innovation to provide answers and solutions. But neither can t...

Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

by Nancy W. Gleason

This collection examines how higher education responds to the demands of the automation economy and the fourth industrial revolution. Considering significant trends in how people are learning, coupled with the ways in which different higher education institutions and education stakeholders are implementing adaptations, it looks at new programs ...

Understanding Society and Natural Resources
Understanding Society and Natural Resources

by Michael J. Manfredo, Jerry J. Vaske, Andreas Rechkemmer, Esther A. Duke

In this edited open access book leading scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds wrestle with social science integration opportunities and challenges. This book explores the growing concern of how best to achieve effective integration of the social science disciplines as a means for furthering natural resource social science and environment...

Rewilding European Landscapes
Rewilding European Landscapes

by Henrique M. Pereira, Laetitia M. Navarro

Some European lands have been progressively alleviated of human pressures, particularly traditional agriculture in remote areas. This book proposes that this land abandonment can be seen as an opportunity to restore natural ecosystems via rewilding. We define rewilding as the passive management of ecological successions having in mind the long-term...

Radiological Issues for Fukushima's Revitalized Future
Radiological Issues for Fukushima's Revitalized Future

by Tomoyuki Takahashi

This book overviews environmental issues 4 years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, covering a wide range of areas related to radiation and radioactivity. The topics discussed are necessary to make clear the relationship between the results of research and Fukushima's revitalized future. The chapters are divided into four parts: Part 1 presents ...

White Paper on Joint Replacement
White Paper on Joint Replacement

by Hans-Holger Bleß, Miriam Kip

White Paper on Joint ReplacementThis White Paper details the status of hip and knee arthroplasty care in Germany. Hip and knee replacements are amongst the most frequently performed procedures and usually become necessarily due to age-related wear of the joint, osteoarthritis and fractures of the femoral neck. In light of demographic change, demand...

Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela
Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela

by Iselin Åsedotter Strønen

This book presents an ethnographic study of how grassroots activism in Venezuela during the Chávez presidency can be understood in relation to the country's history as a petro-state. Taking the contested relationship between the popular sectors and the Venezuelan state as a point of departure, Iselin Åsedotter Strønen explores how notions such a...

The Restless Compendium
The Restless Compendium

by Felicity Callard, Kimberley Staines, James Wilkes

This interdisciplinary book contains 22 essays and interventions on rest and restlessness, silence and noise, relaxation and work. It draws together approaches from artists, literary scholars, psychologists, activists, historians, geographers and sociologists who challenge assumptions about how rest operates across mind, bodies, and practices. Rest...

Japan's Arduous Rejuvenation as a Global Power
Japan's Arduous Rejuvenation as a Global Power

by Victor Teo

This book assesses the profound impact of Japan's aspirations to become a great power on Japanese security, democracy and foreign relations. Rather than viewing the process of normalization and rejuvenation as two decades of remilitarization in face of rapidly changing strategic environment and domestic political circumstances, this volume context...

Accountability in Public Policy Partnerships
Accountability in Public Policy Partnerships

by Julia Steets

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. This book presents a new model of accountability which ensures that public-private partnerships don't erode public accountability. It defines concrete accountability standards for different types of partnerships....

The Academic Book of the Future
The Academic Book of the Future

by Rebecca E. Lyons, Samantha J. Rayner

Part of the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project, this book interrogates current and emerging contexts of academic books from the perspectives of thirteen expert voices from the connected communities of publishing, academia, libraries, and bookselling....

Becoming a World-Class University
Becoming a World-Class University

by Osama Tayeb, Adnan Zahed, Jozef Ritzen

This book written by international experts in the field of educational innovation is a guide for universities to become world-class universities. It contributes to the current international intellectual debate on the future of higher education. It also tells the story of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and its effort to become a ...

Trailblazing in Entrepreneurship
Trailblazing in Entrepreneurship

by Dean A. Shepherd, Holger Patzelt

In this book, the authors present a challenge for future research to build a stronger, more complete understanding of entrepreneurial phenomena. They argue that this more complete picture of entrepreneurial phenomena will likely come from scholars who undertake at least some trailblazing projects; from scholars who broaden the range of research que...

Social Theory of Fear
Social Theory of Fear

by Geoffrey R. Skoll

In the current crisis of the capitalist world system, elites promote fear of crime and terrorism to keep and expand their privileges and control the masses. This book offers an analysis of the crisis and strategies for rebellion....

The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era
The Values of Independent Hip-Hop in the Post-Golden Era

by Christopher Vito

Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, this book uncovers the historical trajectory of U.S. independent hip-hop in the post-golden era, seeking to understand its complex relationship to mainstream hip-hop culture and U.S. culture more generally. Christopher Vito analyzes the lyrics of indie hip-hop albums from 2000-2013 to uncover the dominant ideolog...

Marine Anthropogenic Litter
Marine Anthropogenic Litter

by Melanie Bergmann, Lars Gutow, Michael Klages

This book describes how man-made litter, primarily plastic, has spread into the remotest parts of the oceans and covers all aspects of this pollution problem from the impacts on wildlife and human health to socio-economic and political issues. Marine litter is a prime threat to marine wildlife, habitats and food webs worldwide.The book illustrates ...

Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change
Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change

by Melissa R. Marselle, Jutta Stadler, Horst Korn, Katherine N. Irvine, Aletta Bonn

This book identifies and discusses biodiversity's contribution to physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing. Furthermore, the book identifies the implications of this relationship for nature conservation, public health, landscape architecture and urban planning – and considers the opportunities of nature-based solutions for climate chan...

From Bilateral Arbitral Tribunals and Investment Courts to a Multilateral Investment Court
From Bilateral Arbitral Tribunals and Investment Courts to a Multilateral Investment Court

by Marc Bungenberg, August Reinisch

This book considers the potential setup for a future Multilateral Investment Court (MIC). The option of an MIC was first discussed by the EU Commission in 2016 and has since been made an official element of the EU Common Commercial Policy. In 2017, UNCITRAL also decided to discuss the possibility of an MIC, and on 20 March 2018, the Council of the ...

Ester Boserup's Legacy on Sustainability
Ester Boserup's Legacy on Sustainability

by Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Anette Reenberg, Anke Schaffartzik, Andreas Mayer

Arising from a scientific conference marking the 100th anniversary of her birth, this book honors the life and work of the social scientist and diplomat Ester Boserup, who blazed new trails in her interdisciplinary approach to development and sustainability. The contents are organized in three sections reflecting important focal points of Boserup'...

Social Dynamics in Swiss Society
Social Dynamics in Swiss Society

by Robin Tillmann, Marieke Voorpostel, Peter Farago

Using longitudinal data from the Swiss Household Panel to zoom in on continuity and change in the life course, this book describes how the lives of the Swiss population have changed in terms of health, family circumstances, work, political participation, and migration over the last sixteen years. What are the different trajectories in terms of mobi...

Satellite Earth Observations and Their Impact on Society and Policy
Satellite Earth Observations and Their Impact on Society and Policy

by Masami Onoda, Oran R Young

The result of a workshop bringing together an international advisory board of experts in science, satellite technologies, industry innovations, and public policy, this book addresses the current and future roles of satellite Earth observations in solving large-scale environmental problems. The book showcases the results of engaging distinct communi...

Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development
Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development

by Juha I. Uitto, Jyotsna Puri, Rob D. van den Berg

This book is open access under a Creative Commons license.This authoritative book presents the ever progressing state of the art in evaluating climate change strategies and action. It builds upon a selection of relevant and practical papers and presentations given at the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development held...

Dissonant Heritages and Memories in Contemporary Europe
Dissonant Heritages and Memories in Contemporary Europe

by Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Luisa Passerini, Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus, Iris van Huis

This book discusses political, economic, social, and humanitarian challenges that influence both how people deal with their past and how they build their identities in contemporary Europe. Ongoing debates on migration, on local, national, inter- and transnational levels, prove that it is a divisive issue with regards to understanding European integ...

RESTART Sustainable Business Model Innovation
RESTART Sustainable Business Model Innovation

by Sveinung Jørgensen, Lars Jacob Tynes Pedersen

Taking the business model as point of departure, this book explores how companies and organizations can contribute to a more sustainable future by designing innovative models that are both sustainable and profitable. Based upon years of research, it draws together theoretical foundations and existing literature on the topic of sustainable business ...

Cohabitation and Marriage in the Americas: Geo-historical Legacies and New Trends
Cohabitation and Marriage in the Americas: Geo-historical Legacies and New Trends

by Albert Esteve , Ron J. Lesthaeghe

This book presents an innovative study of the rise of unmarried cohabitation in the Americas, from Canada to Argentina. Using an extensive sample of individual census data for nearly all countries on the continent, it offers a cross-national, comparative view of this recent demographic trend and its impact on the family. The book offers a tour of t...

Science of Societal Safety
Science of Societal Safety

by Seiji Abe, Mamoru Ozawa, Yoshiaki Kawata

This book covers comprehensive but fundamental principles and concepts of disaster and accident prevention and mitigation, countermeasures, and recovery from disasters or accidents including treatment and care of the victims. Safety and security problems in our society involve not only engineering but also social, legal, economic, cultural, and psy...

Knowledge and Action
Knowledge and Action

by Peter Meusburger, Benno Werlen, Laura Suarsana

This volume explores interdependencies between knowledge, action, and space from different interdisciplinary perspectives. Some of the contributors discuss knowledge as a social construct based on collective action, while others look at knowledge as an individual capacity for action. The chapters contain theoretical frameworks as well as experiment...

Technologies for Development
Technologies for Development

by Silvia Hostettler, Samira Najih Besson, Jean-Claude Bolay

This book presents 18 case studies that explore current scientific and technological efforts to address global development issues, such as poverty, from a holistic and interdisciplinary point of view, putting actual impacts at the centre of its analysis. It illustrates the use of technologies for development in various fields of research, such as h...

Disrupting Finance
Disrupting Finance

by Theo Lynn, John G. Mooney, Pierangelo Rosati, Mark Cummins

This open access Pivot demonstrates how a variety of technologies act as innovation catalysts within the banking and financial services sector. Traditional banks and financial services are under increasing competition from global IT companies such as Google, Apple, Amazon and PayPal whilst facing pressure from investors to reduce costs, increase ag...

Surveying Human Vulnerabilities across the Life Course
Surveying Human Vulnerabilities across the Life Course

by Michel Oris, Caroline Roberts, Dominique Joye, Michèle Ernst Stähli

This book details tools and procedures for data collections of hard-to-reach, hard-to-survey populations. Inside, readers will discover first-hand insights from experts who share their successes as well as their failures in their attempts to identify and measure human vulnerabilities across the life course. Coverage first provides an introduction o...

How Generations Remember
How Generations Remember

by Monika Palmberger

This book provides a profound insight into post-war Mostar, and the memories of three generations of this Bosnian-Herzegovinian city. Drawing on several years of ethnographic fieldwork, it offers a vivid account of how personal and collective memories are utterly intertwined, and how memories across the generations are reimagined and 'rewritten' fo...

European Somalis' Post-Migration Movements
European Somalis' Post-Migration Movements

by Joëlle Moret

Based on a qualitative study on migrants of Somali origin who have settled in Europe for at least a decade, this book offers a ground-breaking exploration of the idea of mobility, both empirically and theoretically. It draws a comprehensive typology of the varied "post-migration mobility practices" developed by these migrants from their c...

Geographies of Schooling
Geographies of Schooling

by Holger Jahnke, Caroline Kramer, Peter Meusburger

This book explores the complex relationship between schooling as a set of practices embedded in educational institutions and their specific spatial dimensions from different disciplinary perspectives. It presents innovative empirical and conceptual research by international scholars from the fields of social geography, pedagogy, educational and soc...

Multiculturalism and Conflict Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific
Multiculturalism and Conflict Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific

by Kosuke Shimizu, William S. Bradley

This edited collection focuses on theories, language and migration in relation to multiculturalism in Japan and the Asia-Pacific. Each chapter aims to provide alternative understandings to current conflicts that have arisen due to immigration and policies related to education, politics, language, work, citizenship and identity....

Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road
Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road

by Liang Emlyn Yang, Hans-Rudolf Bork, Xiuqi Fang, Steffen Mischke

This book discusses socio-environmental interactions in the middle to late Holocene, covering specific areas along the ancient Silk Road regions. Over twenty chapters provide insight into this topic from various disciplinary angles and perspectives, ranging from archaeology, paleoclimatology, antiquity, historical geography, agriculture, carving ar...

Wetlands and Water Framework Directive
Wetlands and Water Framework Directive

by Stefan Ignar, Mateusz Grygoruk

This book compares the lessons learned from a wetland-perspective approach to the changing climate and the requirements of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) with regard to environmental conservation. Examples from Germany and Poland are discussed due to the efficiency of their respective implementations of water conservation policies. Although th...

Coming to Terms with Superdiversity
Coming to Terms with Superdiversity

by Peter Scholten, Maurice Crul, Paul van de Laar

This book discusses Rotterdam as clear example of a superdiverse city that is only reluctantly coming to terms with this new reality. Rotterdam, as is true for many post-industrial cities, has seen a considerable backlash against migration and diversity: the populist party Leefbaar Rotterdam of the late Pim Fortuyn is already for many years the lar...

Exploring Resilience
Exploring Resilience

by Siri Wiig, Babette Fahlbruch

Resilience has become an important topic on the safety research agenda and in organizational practice. Most empirical work on resilience has been descriptive, identifying characteristics of work and organizing activity which allow organizations to cope with unexpected situations. Fewer studies have developed testable models and theories that can be...

Debating European Citizenship
Debating European Citizenship

by Rainer Bauböck

This book raises crucial questions about the citizenship of the European Union. Is it a new citizenship beyond the nation-state although it is derived from Member State nationality? Who should get it? What rights and duties does it entail? Should EU citizens living in other Member States be able to vote there in national elections? If there are ten...

Limits to the European Union's Normative Power in a Post-conflict Society
Limits to the European Union's Normative Power in a Post-conflict Society

by Rok Zupančič, Nina Pejič

By shedding light on EULEX - the EU mission to Kosovo – this book investigates the EU's peacebuilding activities in that country, in the light of the normative power theory in the post-conflict setting and peacebuilding theory. Ten years after the massive engagement of the EU in the country torn by war, the authors critically assess the effects o...

Information-Consciousness-Reality
Information-Consciousness-Reality

by James Glattfelder

This book chronicles the rise of a new scientific paradigm offering novel insights into the age-old enigmas of existence. Over 300 years ago, the human mind discovered the machine code of reality: mathematics. By utilizing abstract thought systems, humans began to decode the workings of the cosmos. From this understanding, the current scientific pa...

Migrating and Settling in a Mobile World
Migrating and Settling in a Mobile World

by Zana Vathi

This book draws on award-winning cross-generational research comparing the complex and life-changing processes of settlement among Albanian migrants and their adolescent children in three European cities: London (UK), Thessaloniki (Greece), and Florence (Italy). Building on key concepts from the social sciences and migration studies, such as identi...

Energy Demand Challenges in Europe
Energy Demand Challenges in Europe

by Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins, Charlotte Jensen

This book examines the role of citizens in sustainable energy transitions across Europe. It explores energy problem framing, policy approaches and practical responses to the challenge of securing clean, affordable and sustainable energy for all citizens, focusing on households as the main unit of analysis. The book revolves around ten contributions...

Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes
Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes

by Markus Broer, Yifan Bai, Frank Fonseca

This open-access book focuses on trends in educational inequality using twenty years of grade 8 student data collected from 13 education systems by the IEA's Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) between 1995 and 2015. While the overall positive association between family socioeconomic status (SES) and student achievement is well document...

Self-Reported Population Health: An International Perspective based on EQ-5D
Self-Reported Population Health: An International Perspective based on EQ-5D

by Agota Szende, Bas Janssen, Juan Cabases

The EQ-5D instrument, as a standardized, cross-culturally validated measure of self-assessed health has a hugely important role in understanding population health within and across countries. Over the past two decades a wealth of international population health survey data have been accumulated by the EuroQol Group from research conducted in many c...

Moral Reasoning at Work
Moral Reasoning at Work

by Øyvind Kvalnes

Moral dilemmas are a pervasive feature of working life. Moral Reasoning at Work offers a fresh perspective on how to live with them using ethics and moral psychology research. It argues that decision-makers must go beyond compliance and traditional approaches to ethics to prepare for moral dilemmas. The 2nd edition has been updated with a range of...

Resilience: A New Paradigm of Nuclear Safety
Resilience: A New Paradigm of Nuclear Safety

by Joonhong Ahn, Franck Guarnieri, Kazuo Furuta

This book summarizes presentations and discussions from the two-day international workshop held at UC Berkeley in March 2015, and derives questions to be addressed in multi-disciplinary research toward a new paradigm of nuclear safety. The consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in March 2011 have fuelled the debate on nuclear safet...

Contemporary Issues in Human Rights Law
Contemporary Issues in Human Rights Law

by Yumiko Nakanishi

This book analyzes issues in human rights law from a variety of perspectives by eminent European and Asian professors of constitutional law, international public law, and European Union law. As a result, their contributions collected here illustrate the phenomenon of cross-fertilization not only in Europe (the EU and its member states and the Counc...

Water Resource Systems Planning and Management
Water Resource Systems Planning and Management

by Daniel P. Loucks, Eelco van Beek

This revised, updated textbook presents a systems approach to the planning, management, and operation of water resources infrastructure in the environment. Previously published in 2005 by UNESCO and Deltares (Delft Hydraulics at the time), this new edition, written again with contributions from Jery R. Stedinger, Jozef P. M. Dijkman, and Monique T...

Renewing Local Planning to Face Climate Change in the Tropics
Renewing Local Planning to Face Climate Change in the Tropics

by Maurizio Tiepolo, Alessandro Pezzoli, Vieri Tarchiani

This book aims to inspire decision makers and practitioners to change their approach to climate planning in the tropics through the application of modern technologies for characterizing local climate and tracking vulnerability and risk, and using decision-making tools. Drawing on 16 case studies conducted mainly in the Caribbean, Central America, W...

Designing Urban Food Policies
Designing Urban Food Policies

by Caroline Brand, Nicolas Bricas, Damien Conaré, Benoit Daviron, Julie Debru, Laura Michel, Christophe-Toussaint Soulard

This book is for scientists and experts who work on urban food policies. It provides a conceptual framework for understanding the urban food system sustainability and how it can be tackled by local governments. Written by a collective of researchers, this book describes the existing conceptual frameworks for an analysis of urban food policies, at ...

Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea
Environmental Governance of the Baltic Sea

by Michael Gilek, Mikael Karlsson, Sebastian Linke, Katarzyna Smolarz

This edited volume presents a comprehensive and coherent interdisciplinary analysis of challenges and possibilities for sustainable governance of the Baltic Sea ecosystem by combining knowledge and approaches from natural and social sciences. Focusing on the Ecosystem Approach to Management (EAM) and associated multi-level, multi-sector and multi-a...

R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions
R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

The book provides a critical and constructive assessment of the many contributions to social science and politics made by Professor R. J. Rummel. Rummel was a prolific writer and an important teacher and mentor to a number of people who in turn have made their mark on the profession. His work has always been controversial. But after the end of the ...

Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories
Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories

by Dónal O’Mathúna, Vilius Dranseika, Bert Gordijn

This book is the first to examine disasters from a multidisciplinary perspective. Justification of actions in the face of disasters requires recourse both to conceptual analysis and ethical traditions. Part 1 of the book contains chapters on how disasters are conceptualized in different academic disciplines relevant to disasters. Part 2 has chapter...

Representations of Transnational Human Trafficking
Representations of Transnational Human Trafficking

by Christiana Gregoriou

This open access edited collection examines representations of human trafficking in media ranging from British and Serbian newspapers, British and Scandinavian crime novels, and a documentary series, and questions the extent to which these portrayals reflect the realities of trafficking. It tackles the problematic tendency to under-report particula...

Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas
Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas

by Nadja Kabisch, Horst Korn, Jutta Stadler, Aletta Bonn

This book brings together research findings and experiences from science, policy and practice to highlight and debate the importance of nature-based solutions to climate change adaptation in urban areas. Emphasis is given to the potential of nature-based approaches to create multiple-benefits for society.The expert contributions present recommendat...

Moral Reasoning at Work
Moral Reasoning at Work

by Øyvind Kvalnes

Moral dilemmas are a pervasive feature of working life. Moral Reasoning at Work offers a fresh perspective on how to live with them using ethics and moral psychology research. It argues that decision-makers must go beyond compliance and traditional approaches to ethics to prepare for moral dilemmas....

Migration in the Southern Balkans
Migration in the Southern Balkans

by Hans Vermeulen, Martin Baldwin-Edwards, Riki van Boeschoten

This book collects ten essays that look at intra-regional migration in the Southern Balkans from the late Ottoman period to the present. It examines forced as well as voluntary migrations and places these movements within their historical context, including ethnic cleansing, population exchanges, and demographic engineering in the service of nation...

Young People's Perceptions of Europe in a Time of Change
Young People's Perceptions of Europe in a Time of Change

by Bruno Losito, Gabriella Agrusti, Valeria Damiani, Wolfram Schulz

The IEA's International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS) investigates the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens in a range of countries in the second decade of the 21st century. ICCS 2016 is the second cycle of a study initiated in 2009.This report from ICCS focuses on data collected in the 15 coun...

Rising Powers and Peacebuilding
Rising Powers and Peacebuilding

by Charles T Call, Cedric de Coning

This edited volume examines the policies and practices of rising powers on peacebuilding. It analyzes how and why their approaches differ from those of traditional donors and multilateral institutions. The policies of the rising powers towards peacebuilding may significantly influence how the UN and others undertake peacebuilding in the future. Thi...

Tobacco Control Policy in the Netherlands
Tobacco Control Policy in the Netherlands

by Marc C. Willemsen

Governments have known since the 1960s that smoking results in irreversible health damage. This book examines why governments have done so little to combat this when they have been aware of the problem and its solutions for decades. What are the strategies and decisions that make a difference, given that policy environments are often not conducive ...

Integration Processes and Policies in Europe
Integration Processes and Policies in Europe

by Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas, Rinus Penninx

In this book, experts on integration processes, integration policies, transnationalism, and the migration and development framework provide an academic assessment of the 2011 European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals, which calls for integration policies in the EU to involve not only immigrants and their society of settlement, ...

New Vision 2050
New Vision 2050

by Hiroshi Komiyama, Koichi Yamada

This book presents the "New Vision 2050," which adds the concept of the "platinum society" to the "Vision 2050".The 20th century was a century in which energy led the development of material civilization, resulting in deletion of resources, global warming and climate change. What form should sustainable material and en...

Market Segmentation Analysis
Market Segmentation Analysis

by Sara Dolnicar, Bettina Grün, Friedrich Leisch

This book offers something for everyone working with market segmentation: practical guidance for users of market segmentation solutions; organisational guidance on implementation issues; guidance for market researchers in charge of collecting suitable data; and guidance for data analysts with respect to the technical and statistical aspects of mark...

Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe
Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe

by Drue H. Barrett, Leonard W. Ortmann, Angus Dawson, Carla Saenz, Andreas Reis, Gail Bolan

This book highlights the ethical issues and dilemmas that arise in the practice of public health. It is also a tool to support instruction, debate, and dialogue regarding public health ethics. Although the practice of public health has always included consideration of ethical issues, the field of public health ethics as a discipline is a relatively...

Beyond Safety Training
Beyond Safety Training

by Corinne Bieder, Claude Gilbert, Benoît Journé, Hervé Laroche

This book investigates why, despite more and more resources devoted to safety training, expectations are not entirely met, particularly in the industrial sectors that have already achieved a high safety level. It not only reflects the most precious viewpoints of experts from different disciplines, different countries, with experiences in various in...

Promoting Social Dialogue in European Organizations
Promoting Social Dialogue in European Organizations

by Martin Euwema, Lourdes Munduate, Patricia Elgoibar, Erica Pender, Ana Belén García

This volume focuses on describing the social dialogue system in organizations from an Human Resources Management perspective. Based on the NEIRE model for industrial relations, key factors are determined contributing to creative social dialogue in European organizations. Actual data from surveys and interviews from more than 700 CEO and HR managers...

Rangeland Systems
Rangeland Systems

by David Briske

This book provides an unprecedented synthesis of the current status of scientific and management knowledge regarding global rangelands and the major challenges that confront them. It has been organized around three major themes. The first summarizes the conceptual advances that have occurred in the rangeland profession. The second addresses t...

White-Collar Crime in the Shadow Economy
White-Collar Crime in the Shadow Economy

by Petter Gottschalk, Lars Gunnesdal

This book examines the magnitude, causes of, and reactions to white-collar crime, based on the theories and research of those who have uncovered various forms of white-collar crime. It argues that the offenders who are convicted represent only 'the tip of the iceberg' of a much greater problem: because white-collar crime is forced to compete with o...

Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Industry
Weather & Climate Services for the Energy Industry

by Alberto Troccoli

This book showcases the burgeoning area of applied research at the intersection between weather and climate science and the energy industry. It illustrates how better communication between science and industry can help both sides. By opening a dialogue, scientists can understand the broader context for their work and the energy industry is able to ...

Curriculum Reform in the European Schools
Curriculum Reform in the European Schools

by Sandra Leaton Gray, David Scott, Peeter Mehisto

This book examines the modern role of the European School system within the European Union, at a time when the global economy demands a new vision for contemporary education. The European schools are currently in a state of crisis: their 60-year-old tradition of bilingual and multilingual education is being strained by rapid EU expansion and the re...

The Challenge of Chance
The Challenge of Chance

by Klaas Landsman, Ellen van Wolde

This book presents a multidisciplinary perspective on chance, with contributions from distinguished researchers in the areas of biology, cognitive neuroscience, economics, genetics, general history, law, linguistics, logic, mathematical physics, statistics, theology and philosophy. The individual chapters are bound together by a general introductio...

Solidarity in Europe
Solidarity in Europe

by Christian Lahusen, Maria T. Grasso

This open access volume provides evidence-based knowledge on European solidarity and citizen responses in times of crisis. Does the crisis of European integration translate into a crisis of European solidarity, and if yes, what are the manifestations at the level of individual citizens? How strongly is solidarity rooted at the individual level, bot...

25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries
25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries

by Jeroen Huisman, Anna Smolentseva, Isak Froumin

This book is a result of the first ever study of the transformations of the higher education institutional landscape in fifteen former USSR countries after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It explores how the single Soviet model that developed across the vast and diverse territory of the Soviet Union over several decades has evolved int...

Mobilities of Knowledge
Mobilities of Knowledge

by Heike Jöns, Peter Meusburger, Michael Heffernan

This collection of essays examines how spatial mobilities of people and practices, technologies and objects, knowledge and ideas have shaped the production, circulation, and transfer of knowledge in different historical and geographical contexts. Targeting an interdisciplinary audience, Mobilities of Knowledge combines detailed empirical analyses w...

The Illusion of Risk Control
The Illusion of Risk Control

by Gilles Motet, Corinne Bieder

This book explores the implications of acknowledging uncertainty and black swans for regulation of high-hazard technologies, for stakeholder acceptability of potentially hazardous activities and for risk governance. The conventional approach to risk assessment, which combines the likelihood of an event and the severity of its consequences, is poorl...

Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas
Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas

by Robert J. Nicholls, Craig W. Hutton, W. Neil Adger, Susan E. Hanson, Md. Munsur Rahman, Mashfiqus Salehin

This book answers key questions about environment, people and their shared future in deltas. It develops a systematic and holistic approach for policy-orientated analysis for the future of these regions. It does so by focusing on ecosystem services in the world's largest, most populous and most iconic delta region, that of the Ganges-Brahmaputra de...

Built on Value
Built on Value

by Weiwei Huang

This book presents the concept of value as the central component to success and longevity of the global ICT industry player, Huawei. It provides examples of how Huawei focuses on customers to pursue sustainable and profitable growth rather than focusing on capital market valuation, which is a familiar scenario among Western companies. It is the bus...

Big Data in Context
Big Data in Context

by Thomas Hoeren, Barbara Kolany-Raiser

This book sheds new light on a selection of big data scenarios from an interdisciplinary perspective. It features legal, sociological and economic approaches to fundamental big data topics such as privacy, data quality and the ECJ's Safe Harbor decision on the one hand, and practical applications such as smart cars, wearables and web tracking on th...

Successful Global Collaborations in Higher Education Institutions
Successful Global Collaborations in Higher Education Institutions

by Abdulrahman AI-Youbi, Adnan H. M. Zahed, William G. Tierney

This book written by international experts in the field of educational innovation is a guide for universities to become world-class universities. It contributes to the current international intellectual debate on the future of higher education. It also tells the story of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and its effort to become a ...

Innovations in Derivatives Markets
Innovations in Derivatives Markets

by Kathrin Glau, Zorana Grbac, Matthias Scherer, Rudi Zagst

This book presents 20 peer-reviewed chapters on current aspects of derivatives markets and derivative pricing. The contributions, written by leading researchers in the field as well as experienced authors from the financial industry, present the state of the art in: - Modeling counterparty credit risk: credit valuation adjustment, debit valuation a...

Regulatory Pathways For Smart Grid Development in China
Regulatory Pathways For Smart Grid Development in China

by Gert Brunekreeft, Till Luhmann, Tobias Menz, Sven-Uwe Müller, Paul Recknagel

A series of reforms have greatly improved the efficiency, reliability, and environmental performance of the Chinese power sector. However, significant challenges remain: rapidly rising electricity demand, concerns about power system reliability and energy security, environmental degradation and climate change. China's government explicitly set up t...

Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace
Nils Petter Gleditsch: Pioneer in the Analysis of War and Peace

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This book presents Nils Petter Gleditsch, a staff member of the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) since 1964, a former editor of the Journal for Peace Research (1983-2010), a former president of the International Studies Association (2008-2009) and the recipient of several academic awards as a pioneer in the scientific analysis of war and pea...

Contemporary Turkey at a Glance
Contemporary Turkey at a Glance

by Kristina Kamp, Ayhan Kaya, E. Fuat Keyman, Ozge Onursal Besgul

Turkey has witnessed significant social, cultural, and political change over the last decades. This transformation has manifested itself in all segments of society and resulted in the alteration of political ideologies and institutions. The twelve authors of this volume shed light on the complexities of a changing Turkey through an interdisciplinar...

Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism
Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism

by Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard, Juan Javier Rivera Andía

Exploring indigenous life projects in encounters with extractivism, the present open access volume discusses how current turbulences actualise questions of indigeneity, difference and ontological dynamics in the Andes and Amazonia. While studies of extractivism in South America often focus on wider national and international politics, this contribu...

The Future of the Law of the Sea
The Future of the Law of the Sea

by Gemma Andreone

It explores the diverse phenomena which are challenging the international law of the sea today, using the unique perspective of a simultaneous analysis of the national, individual and common interests at stake. This perspective, which all the contributors bear in mind when treating their own topic, also constitutes a useful element in the effort to...

Evidence Use in Health Policy Making
Evidence Use in Health Policy Making

by Justin Parkhurst, Stefanie Ettelt, Benjamin Hawkins

This book provides a set of conceptual, empirical, and comparative chapters that apply a public policy perspective to investigate the political and institutional factors driving the use of evidence to inform health policy in low, middle, and high income settings. The work presents key findings from the Getting Research Into Policy (GRIP-Health) pro...

14th International Congress for Applied Mineralogy (ICAM2019)
14th International Congress for Applied Mineralogy (ICAM2019)

by Sergey Glagolev

This open access proceedings of the 14th International Council for Applied Mineralogy Congress (ICAM) in Belgorod, Russia cover a wide range of topics including applied mineralogy, advanced and construction materials, ore and industrial minerals, mineral exploration, cultural heritage, etc. It includes contributions to geometallurgy, industrial min...

The Jingshan Report
The Jingshan Report

by China Finance 40 Forum Research Group

The Jingshan Report is a collection of research papers on key issues for China's financial opening, including reform of the RMB exchange rate regime, management of cross-border capital flows and financial support for the Belt and Road Initiative. Authored by leading experts in the relevant fields, the report examines the evolution, current status a...

Think Complexity
Think Complexity

by Allen Downey

Complexity science uses computation to explore the physical and social sciences. In Think Complexity, you'll use graphs, cellular automata, and agent-based models to study topics in physics, biology, and economics. Whether you're an intermediate-level Python programmer or a student of computational modeling, you'll delve into examples of complex...

The Potato Crop
The Potato Crop

by Hugo Campos, Oscar Ortiz

This book provides a fresh, updated and science-based perspective on the current status and prospects of the diverse array of topics related to the potato, and was written by distinguished scientists with hands-on global experience in research aspects related to potato. The potato is the third most important global food crop in terms of consumption...

European Variations as a Key to Cooperation
European Variations as a Key to Cooperation

by Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Emina Ćerimović, Huub Dijstelbloem, Mathieu Segers

This free book offers a novel view on the benefits of a lasting variation between the member states in the EU. In order to bring together thirty very different European states and their citizens, the EU will have to offer more scope for variation. Unlike the existing differentiation by means of opt-outs and deviations, variation is not a concession...

Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education
Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education

by Catherine Shea Sanger, Nancy W. Gleason

This book offers pioneering insights and practical methods for promoting diversity and inclusion in higher education classrooms and curricula. It highlights the growing importance of international education programs in Asia and the value of understanding student diversity in a changing, evermore interconnected world. The book explores diversity acr...

National Constitutions in European and Global Governance: Democracy, Rights, the Rule of Law
National Constitutions in European and Global Governance: Democracy, Rights, the Rule of Law

by Anneli Albi, Samo Bardutzky

This two-volume book, published open access, brings together leading scholars of constitutional law from twenty-nine European countries to revisit the role of national constitutions at a time when decision-making has increasingly shifted to the European and transnational level. It offers important insights into three areas. First, it explores how c...

Framing in Sustainability Science
Framing in Sustainability Science

by Takashi Mino, Shogo Kudo

This book offers both conceptual and empirical descriptions of how to "frame" sustainability challenges. It defines "framing" in the context of sustainability science as the process of identifying subjects, setting boundaries, and defining problems. The chapters are grouped into two sections: a conceptual section and a case sect...

Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights
Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights

by Markus Kaltenborn, Markus Krajewski, Heike Kuhn

This free book analyses the interplay of sustainable development and human rights from different perspectives including fight against poverty, health, gender equality, working conditions, climate change and the role of private actors. Each aspect is addressed from a more human rights-focused angle and a development-policy angle. This allows compari...

Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media
Social Inequality, Childhood and the Media

by Ingrid Paus-Hasebrink, Jasmin Kulterer, Philip Sinner

This book presents a qualitative longitudinal panel-study on child and adolescent socialisation in socially disadvantaged families. The study traces how children and their parents make sense of media within the context of their everyday life over twelve years (from 2005 to 2017) and provides a unique perspective on the role of different socialisati...

Intercultural Dialogue in the European Education Policies
Intercultural Dialogue in the European Education Policies

by Tuuli Lähdesmäki, Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Susanne C. Ylönen

This free book analyses intercultural dialogue as a concept, policy and ideal in European education policy documentation. The core European transnational organizatons – the Council of Europe and the European Union – have actively promoted policies to engender inclusive societies and respond to challenges that diversification may entail. This bo...

Urban Planning Against Poverty
Urban Planning Against Poverty

by Jean-Claude Bolay

This free book revisits the theoretical foundations of urban planning and the application of these concepts and methods in the context of Southern countries by examining several case studies from different regions of the world. For instance, the case of Koudougou, a medium-sized city in one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso, with ...

The Responsible University
The Responsible University

by Mads P. Sørensen, Lars Geschwind, Jouni Kekäle, Rómulo Pinheiro

This book explores how the notion of the responsible university manifests itself at various levels within Nordic higher education. As the impetus of the knowledge society has catapulted the higher education sector to the forefront of policy agendas, universities and other types of higher education institutions face increasing scrutiny, assessment a...

Biological Invasions in South Africa
Biological Invasions in South Africa

by Brian W. van Wilgen, John Measey, David M. Richardson, John R. Wilson, Tsungai A. Zengeya

This open access volume presents a comprehensive account of all aspects of biological invasions in South Africa, where research has been conducted over more than three decades, and where bold initiatives have been implemented in attempts to control invasions and to reduce their ecological, economic and social effects. It covers a broad range of the...

Introduction to Permanent Plug and Abandonment of Wells
Introduction to Permanent Plug and Abandonment of Wells

by Mahmoud Khalifeh, Arild Saasen

This open access book offers a timely guide to challenges and current practices to permanently plug and abandon hydrocarbon wells. With a focus on offshore North Sea, it analyzes the process of plug and abandonment of hydrocarbon wells through the establishment of permanent well barriers. It provides the reader with extensive knowledge on the type ...

Migration, Gender and Social Justice
Migration, Gender and Social Justice

by Thanh-Dam Truong, Des Gasper, Jeff Handmaker, Sylvia I. Bergh

This book is the product of a collaborative effort involving partners from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America who were funded by the International Development Research Centre Programme on Women and Migration (2006-2011). The International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam spearheaded a project intended to distill and r...

Louisiana's Response to Extreme Weather
Louisiana's Response to Extreme Weather

by Shirley Laska

This book takes an in-depth look at Louisiana as a state which is ahead of the curve in terms of extreme weather events, both in frequency and magnitude, and in its responses to these challenges including recovery and enhancement of resiliency.Louisiana faced a major tropical catastrophe in the 21st century, and experiences the fastest rising sea l...

Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012
Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012

by Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling

This book explores the question of who or what 'the public' is within 'public health' in post-war Britain. Drawing on historical research on the place of the public in public health in Britain from the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, the book presents a new perspective on the relationship between state and citizen. Focusing on...

The Places Where Community Is Practiced
The Places Where Community Is Practiced

by Anna Steigemann

In this open access publication, the social cohesion of urban neighborhoods and their residents is examined, which is often viewed as vulnerable since increased mobility, individualization, wider socio-economic and demographic changes have fundamentally altered the basis for everyday social interaction in urban neighborhoods. Anna Steigemann gives ...

From War to Peace in the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine
From War to Peace in the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine

by Daniel Serwer

This book focuses on the origins, consequences and aftermath of the 1995 and 1999 Western military interventions that led to the end of the most recent Balkan wars. Though challenging problems remain in Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia, the conflict prevention and state-building efforts thereafter were partly successful as countries of the reg...

Enabling Sustainable Energy Transitions
Enabling Sustainable Energy Transitions

by Siddharth Sareen

"This compact book argues that ideas about accountability and legitimation – drawn from work on environmental governance – can open up new analytical perspectives on what is holding back effective energy system transformation. With bite-size chapters and illustrative cases that draw on the work of five expert witnesses, this is a novel int...

Managing Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Sustainable Communities in Asia
Managing Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Sustainable Communities in Asia

by Osamu Saito, Suneetha M Subramanian, Shizuka Hashimoto, Kazuhiko Takeuchi

This free book presents up-to-date analyses of community-based approaches to sustainable resource management of SEPLS (socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes) in areas where a harmonious relationship between the natural environment and the people who inhabit it is essential to ensure community and environmental well-being as well as t...

Manual of Digital Earth
Manual of Digital Earth

by Huadong Guo, Michael F. Goodchild, Alessandro Annoni

This open access book offers a summary of the development of Digital Earth over the past twenty years. By reviewing the initial vision of Digital Earth, the evolution of that vision, the relevant key technologies, and the role of Digital Earth in helping people respond to global challenges, this publication reveals how and why Digital Earth is beco...

Participatory Research and Planning in Practice
Participatory Research and Planning in Practice

by Janez Nared, David Bole

This free book provides in-depth insights into participatory research and planning by presenting practical examples of its use. In particular, it describes theoretical and methodological aspects of participatory research and planning, as well as the implementation of participatory processes in fields such as transport planning, cultural heritage ma...

Advances in Energy System Optimization
Advances in Energy System Optimization

by Valentin Bertsch, Armin Ardone, Michael Suriyah, Wolf Fichtner, Thomas Leibfried, Vincent Heuveline

The papers presented in this open access book address diverse challenges in decarbonizing energy systems, ranging from operational to investment planning problems, from market economics to technical and environmental considerations, from distribution grids to transmission grids, and from theoretical considerations to data provision concerns and app...

Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning
Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning

by Madhu Singh

This book deals with the relevance of recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning in education and training, the workplace and society. In an increasing number of countries, it is at the top of the policy and research agenda ranking among the possible ways to redress the glaring lack of relevant academic and vocational qualificat...

The Cold War in the Classroom
The Cold War in the Classroom

by Barbara Christophe, Peter Gautschi, Robert Thorp

This book explores how the socially disputed period of the Cold War is remembered in today's history classroom. Applying a diverse set of methodological strategies, the authors map the dividing lines in and between memory cultures across the globe, paying special attention to the impact the crisis-driven age of our present has on images of the past...

Safety Cultures, Safety Models
Safety Cultures, Safety Models

by Claude Gilbert, Benoît Journé, Hervé Laroche, Corinne Bieder

The objective of this book is to help at-risk organizations to decipher the "safety cloud", and to position themselves in terms of operational decisions and improvement strategies in safety, considering the path already travelled, their context, objectives and constraints. What link can be established between safety culture and safety mod...

Narrating China's Governance
Narrating China's Governance

by Department of Commentary People's Daily

This open access book captures and elaborates on the skill of storytelling as one of the distinct leadership features of Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and the President of the People's Republic of China. It gathers the stories included in Xi's speeches on various occasions, where they conveyed the essence of Chin...

Los Angeles and the Summer Olympic Games
Los Angeles and the Summer Olympic Games

by Eva Kassens Noor

This open access book describes the three planning approaches and legacy impacts for the Olympic Games in one locale: the city of Los Angeles, USA. The author critically compares the similarities and differences of the LA Olympics by reviewing the 1932 and 1984 Olympics and by analyzing the concurrent planning process for the 2028 Olympics. The au...

From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity
From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity

by Elena Casetta, Jorge  Marques da Silva, Davide Vecchi

This book features essays written by philosophers, biologists, ecologists and conservation scientists facing the current biodiversity crisis. Despite increasing communication, accelerating policy and management responses, and notwithstanding improving ecosystem assessment and endangered species knowledge, conserving biodiversity continues to be mor...

P5 eHealth: An Agenda for the Health Technologies of the Future
P5 eHealth: An Agenda for the Health Technologies of the Future

by Gabriella Pravettoni, Stefano Triberti

This open access volume focuses on the development of a P5 eHealth, or better, a methodological resource for developing the health technologies of the future, based on patients' personal characteristics and needs as the fundamental guidelines for design. It provides practical guidelines and evidence based examples on how to design, implement, use a...

Human and Organisational Factors
Human and Organisational Factors

by Benoît Journé, Hervé Laroche, Corinne Bieder, Claude Gilbert

This open access book addresses several questions regarding the implementation of human and organisational factors (HOF) so that recent improvements in industrial safety can be built upon. It addresses sources of frustration in senior management with high expectations of operational recommendations and disquiet on the part of HOF specialists strugg...

Building the Inclusive City
Building the Inclusive City

by Victor Santiago Pineda

"A landmark study showing how empirical work, through the methodology of the social sciences, can come into contact with political philosophy and disability studies so as to make a meaningful contribution to policy. Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda's work will be read for decades, as a foundation for future research on the application of the capabil...

Sustainable Manufacturing
Sustainable Manufacturing

by Rainer Stark, Günther Seliger, Jérémy Bonvoisin

Sustainability imposes an unprecedented challenge on society and has become the driving force of an urgent search for innovative solutions in all branches of economy. Manufacturing plays a key role in many areas of human living, and it is both part of the problem and of the solution. This book offers an overview of the broad field of research on s...

Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Modeling and Simulation, plus Econophysics Colloquium 2014
Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Modeling and Simulation, plus Econophysics Colloquium 2014

by Hideki Takayasu, Nobuyasu Ito, Itsuki Noda, Misako Takayasu

The proceedings of the international conference "SMSEC2014", a joint conference of the first "Social Modeling and Simulations" and the 10th "Econophysics Colloquium", held in Kobe in November 2014 with 174 participants, are gathered herein. Cutting edge scientific researches on various social phenomena are reviewed. Ne...

Eating, Drinking: Surviving
Eating, Drinking: Surviving

by Peter Jackson, Walter E.L. Spiess, Farhana Sultana

This publication addresses the global challenges of food and water security in a rapidly changing and complex world. The essays highlight the links between bio-physical and socio-cultural processes, making connections between local and global scales, and focusing on the everyday practices of eating and drinking, essential for human survival. Writte...

Politics of (Dis)Integration
Politics of (Dis)Integration

by Sophie Hinger, Reinhard Schweitzer

This open access book explores how contemporary integration policies and practices are not just about migrants and minority groups becoming part of society but often also reflect deliberate attempts to undermine their inclusion or participation. This affects individual lives as well as social cohesion. The book highlights the variety of ways in whi...

Communicating, Networking: Interacting
Communicating, Networking: Interacting

by Margaret E. Robertson

This book illustrates the benefits to be gained from digitally networked communication for health, education and transitioning economies in developing nations (Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea) and developed nations. Growing powers of e-citizenship can help build sustainable futures. This small volume provides a collection of examples and ideas fr...

Indigenous Pathways, Transitions and Participation in Higher Education
Indigenous Pathways, Transitions and Participation in Higher Education

by Jack Frawley, Steve Larkin, James A. Smith

This book brings together contributions by researchers, scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, professionals and citizens who have an interest in or experience of Indigenous pathways and transitions into higher education. University is not for everyone, but a university should be for everyone. To a certain extent, the choice not to participate in ...

A Demographic Perspective on Gender, Family and Health in Europe
A Demographic Perspective on Gender, Family and Health in Europe

by Gabriele Doblhammer, Jordi Gumà

This free book examines the triangle between family, gender, and health in Europe from a demographic perspective. It helps to understand patterns and trends in each of the three components separately, as well as their interdependencies. It overcomes the widely observable specialization in demographic research, which usually involves researchers stu...

Responsible Innovation
Responsible Innovation

by Katharina Jarmai

This Open Access book, Responsible innovation provides benefits for society, for instance more sustainable products, more engagement with consumers and less anxiety about emerging technologies. As a governance tool it is mostly driven by research funders, including the European Commission, under the term "responsible research and innovation&qu...

Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours
Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours

by Robert Winstanley-Chesters

This open access book explores the histories and geographies of fishing in North Korea and the surrounding nations. With the ideological and environmental history of North Korea in mind, the book examines the complex interactions between local communities, fish themselves, wider ecosystems and the politics of Pyongyang through the lens of critical ...

Towards a Systemic Theory of Irregular Migration
Towards a Systemic Theory of Irregular Migration

by Gabriel Echeverría

This open access book provides an alternative theoretical framework of irregular migration that allows to overcome many of the contradictions and theoretical impasses displayed by the majority of approaches in current literature. The analytical framework allows moving from an interpretation biased by methodological nationalism, to a more general sy...

Philip's Atlas of World History
Philip's Atlas of World History

by Patrick O'Brien

There could be no more opportune time than the start of the third millennium AD to produce an entirely new atlas of world history. Not only does this symbolic (if arbitrary) moment provoke a mood of public retrospection, but the pace of global change itself demands a greater awareness of "whole world" history. More than 20 years have p...

Feeding the City
Feeding the City

by Sara Roncaglia

Every day in Mumbai 5,000 dabbawalas (literally translated as "those who carry boxes") distribute a staggering 200,000 home-cooked lunchboxes to the city's workers and students. Giving employment and status to thousands of largely illiterate villagers from Mumbai's hinterland, this co-operative has been in operation since the late ninetee...

Business Math
Business Math

by Jean-Paul Olivier, Red River College

Business Mathematics was written to meet the needs of a twenty-first century student. It takes a systematic approach to helping students learn how to think and centers on a structured process termed the PUPP Model (Plan, Understand, Perform, and Present). This process is found throughout the text and in every guided example to help students develop...

A First Course in Linear Algebra
A First Course in Linear Algebra

by Ken Kuttler

A First Course in Linear Algebra, originally by K. Kuttler, as a first course for the general students who have an understanding of basic high school algebra and intend to be users of linear algebra methods in their profession, from business & economics to science students. All major topics of linear algebra are available in detail, as well ...

Exploring Business
Exploring Business

by UMN

Exploring Business introduces students to business roles and concepts in an exciting way. This text will help you decide whether business is right for you and, if so, what areas of business you'd like to study further. Exploring Business is adapted from a work produced by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receiv...

Don't Just Roll the Dice
Don't Just Roll the Dice

by Neil Davidson

How do you price your software? Is it art, science or magic? How much attention should you pay to your competitors? This short handbook will provide you with the theory, practical advice and case studies you need to stop yourself from reaching for the dice. Neil Davidson is co-founder of Red Gate Software. Redgate was founded in 1999 and now ...

Indigenous Cultures and Sustainable Development in Latin America
Indigenous Cultures and Sustainable Development in Latin America

by Timothy MacNeill

This book outlines development theory and practice overtime as well as critically interrogates the "cultural turn" in development policy in Latin American indigenous communities, specifically, in Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, and Bolivia. It becomes apparent that culturally sustainable development is both a new and old idea, which is simu...

The Pangenome
The Pangenome

by Hervé Tettelin, Duccio Medini

This open access book offers the first comprehensive account of the pan-genome concept and its manifold implications. The realization that the genetic repertoire of a biological species always encompasses more than the genome of each individual is one of the earliest examples of big data in biology that opened biology to the unbounded. The study ...

Security in an Interconnected World
Security in an Interconnected World

by Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede

This open access book follows the idea that security policy must be based on strategic analysis. Defence policy and the role of the armed forces can subsequently be determined on the grounds of said analysis. More than ever, internal and external security, and developments both in the Netherlands and abroad are interconnected. The world order is sh...

Introduction to Law
Introduction to Law

by Jaap Hage, Antonia Waltermann, Bram Akkermans

This book is exceptional in the sense that it provides an introduction to law in general rather than the law of one specific jurisdiction, and it presents a unique way of looking at legal education. It is crucial for lawyers to be aware of the different ways in which societal problems can be solved and to be able to discuss the advantages and disad...

Foundations of Analytical Chemistry
Foundations of Analytical Chemistry

by Miguel Valcárcel Cases, Ángela I. López-Lorente, Ma Ángeles López-Jiménez

This book offers a completely new approach to learning and teaching the fundamentals of analytical chemistry. It summarizes 250 basic concepts of the field on the basis of slides. Each of the nine chapters offers the following features: - Introduction: Summary. General scheme. Teaching objectives. - Text containing the explanation of each slide. - ...

Entertainment Science
Entertainment Science

by Thorsten Hennig-Thurau, Mark B. Houston

The entertainment industry has long been dominated by legendary screenwriter William Goldman’s “Nobody-Knows-Anything” mantra, which argues that success is the result of managerial intuition and instinct. This book builds the case that combining such intuition with data analytics and rigorous scholarly knowledge provides a source of sustainab...

Social Psychology in Action
Social Psychology in Action

by Kai Sassenberg, Michael L.W. Vliek

This timely and applied textbook brings together leading scientists to illustrate how key theories and concepts in social psychology help to predict and explain behavior, and can be successfully applied to benefit social and practical problems. It focuses on robust theories and models known for their successful applications and covers a diverse ran...

Managing Media and Digital Organizations
Managing Media and Digital Organizations

by Eli M. Noam

What does it take for success in the media business? Creativity, innovation, and performance, of course. Plus experience and good judgment. However, it also requires an understanding of the principles and tools of management. This book summarizes the major dimensions of a business school curriculum and applies them to the entire media, media-tech, ...

Introductory Business Statistics
Introductory Business Statistics

by Alexander Holmes, Barbara Illowsky, Susan Dean

Introductory Business Statistics is designed to meet the scope and sequence requirements of the one-semester statistics course for business, economics, and related majors. Core statistical concepts and skills have been augmented with practical business examples, scenarios, and exercises. The result is a meaningful understanding of the discipline, w...