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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Human Rights in Child Protection
Human Rights in Child Protection

by Asgeir Falch-Eriksen, Elisabeth Backe-Hansen

This book critically explores what child protection policy and professional practice would mean if practice was grounded in human rights standards. This book inspires a new direction in child protection research – one that critically assesses child protection policy and professional practice with regard to human rights in general, and the rights ...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

Advancing Human Assessment
Advancing Human Assessment

by Randy Bennett, Matthias von Davier

​This book describes the extensive contributions made toward the advancement of human assessment by scientists from one of the world's leading research institutions, Educational Testing Service. The book's four major sections detail research and development in measurement and statistics, education policy analysis and evaluation, scientific psycho...

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...

Integrating Immigrants in Europe
Integrating Immigrants in Europe

by Peter Scholten, Han Entzinger, Rinus Penninx, Stijn Verbeek

This book explores how research and policymaking in the field of migrant integration have developed historically and how this interrelationship plays out in the strongly politicised climate of opinions on migration in Europe. It features interdisciplinary theoretical contributions as well as original empirical studies on research-policy dialogues a...

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...

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...

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 ...

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....

Higher Education Reforms in Romania
Higher Education Reforms in Romania

by Adrian Curaj, Ligia Deca, Eva Egron-Polak, Jamil Salmi

Romania is an active player in various international higher education areas, while undergoing a series of higher education reforms within its national framework. The Higher Education Evidence Based Policy Making: a necessary premise for progress in Romania project was implemented by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development ...

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...

Promoting Active Citizenship
Promoting Active Citizenship

by Karl Henrik Sivesind, Jo Saglie

This book analyses the considerable variation in the shares of private provision for core services in education, health and social services, in the Scandinavian countries.The chapters compare countries, service areas, and the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors. Each focuses on different levels of change: the mix of welfare providers, nationa...

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...

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....

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...

Deliberative Public Engagement with Science
Deliberative Public Engagement with Science

by Lisa PytlikZillig, Myiah Hutchens, Peter Muhlberger, Frank Gonzalez, Alan Tomkins

This compact open access reference delves beyond popular concepts of educated consumers and an informed public by examining the science behind deliberative engagement. Using data from four longitudinal studies, the authors assess public engagement methods in deliberative discussions of ethical, legal, and social issues concerning innovations in nan...

The Climate-Smart Agriculture Papers
The Climate-Smart Agriculture Papers

by Todd S. Rosenstock, Andreea Nowak, Evan Girvetz

This volume shares new data relating to Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), with emphasis on experiences in Eastern and Southern Africa. The book is a collection of research by authors from over 30 institutions, spanning the public and private sectors, with specific knowledge on agricultural development in the region discussed. The material is assembl...

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 ...

The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus
The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus

by Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren, Linda Rönnberg

This book analyses the interplay between governing, evaluation and knowledge with an empirical focus on Swedish higher education. It investigates the origins, logics, and mechanisms of evaluation and quality assurance reforms and their dynamic interactions with institutional, national and European policy contexts. The chapters report findings from ...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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 ...

Early Childhood Policies and Systems in Eight Countries
Early Childhood Policies and Systems in Eight Countries

by Tony Bertram, Chris Pascal

This report provides an overview of policy strategies on early childhood education settings (from birth to primary schooling) in eight countries. Data were collected using a policy questionnaire addressed to and completed by the National Research Coordinator(s) (NRC) of Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Poland, the Russian Federat...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Vermin, Victims and Disease
Vermin, Victims and Disease

by Angela Cassidy

"Dr Cassidy draws pertinent general conclusions about generating policy and mediating the role of the expert in today's science-sceptic and increasingly polarised society... It is both a useful and original contribution, specifically to the history of zoonotic disease policy, and policy history more generally."—Helen Bynum, Author of Sp...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Reforms, Organizational Change and Performance in Higher Education
Reforms, Organizational Change and Performance in Higher Education

by Rómulo Pinheiro, Lars Geschwind, Hanne Foss Hansen, Kirsi Pulkkinen

This book investigates the effects of changes in leadership and managerial structures of Nordic universities resulting from reforms in the last decade. It builds on a rich, comparative dataset across a multiplicity of system-wide (macro) and organisational (meso and micro) dimensions, namely: reform or policy initiatives; drivers, aims, instruments...

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...

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...

Political Social Work
Political Social Work

by Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker

This social work book is the first of its kind, describing practical steps that social workers can take to shape and influence both policy and politics. It prepares social workers and social work students to impact political action and subsequent policy, with a detailed real-world framework for turning ideas into concrete goals and strategies for e...

The Onlife Manifesto
The Onlife Manifesto

by Luciano Floridi

What is the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the human condition? In order to address this question, in 2012 the European Commission organized a research project entitled The Onlife Initiative: concept reengineering for rethinking societal concerns in the digital transition. This volume collects the work of the Onlife ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Why Knowing What To Do Is Not Enough
Why Knowing What To Do Is Not Enough

by Anne-Greet Keizer, Will Tiemeijer, Mark Bovens

This book sets out to explain the reasons for the gap between "knowing" and "doing" in view of self-reliance, which is more and more often expected of citizens. In today's society, people are expected to take responsibility for their own lives and be self-reliant. This is no easy feat. They must be on constant high alert in area...

The Globalization of Science Curricula
The Globalization of Science Curricula

by Oliver Stacey, Giulia De Lazzari, Hilary Grayson, Hazel Griffin, Emily Jones, Amanda Taylor, David Thomas

Globalization is a powerful force with far reaching impacts on education and education policy. The growth of large scale international surveys of student achievement and the increasing role played by intergovernmental agencies in education means that the influence that globalization exerts on education is likely to increase even further in the futu...

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...

Teaching for Excellence and Equity
Teaching for Excellence and Equity

by Nathan Burroughs, Jacqueline Gardner, Youngjun Lee, Siwen Guo, Israel Touitou, Kimberly Jansen, William Schmidt

This book examines the interrelationship of national policy, teacher effectiveness, and student outcomes with a specific emphasis on educational equity. Using data from the IEA's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) conducted between 1995 and 2015, it investigates grade four and grade eight data to assess trends in key teac...

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...

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...

The Privacy Engineer's Manifesto
The Privacy Engineer's Manifesto

by Michelle Finneran Dennedy, Jonathan Fox, Thomas R. Finneran

The Privacy Engineer's Manifesto: Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value is the first book of its kind, offering industry-proven solutions that go beyond mere theory and adding lucid perspectives on the challenges and opportunities raised with the emerging "personal" information economy. The authors, a uniquely skilled team of long...

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...

Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities
Planning for Ecosystem Services in Cities

by Davide Geneletti, Chiara Cortinovis, Linda Zardo, Blal Adem Esmail

This book presents current knowledge about ecosystem services (ES) in urban planning, and discusses various urban ES topics such as spatial distribution of urban ecosystems, population distribution, and physical infrastructure properties. The book addresses all these issues by: i) investigating to what extent ecosystem services are currently includ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Taking the EU to Court
Taking the EU to Court

by Christian Adam, Michael Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu

This book provides an exhaustive picture of the role that annulment conflicts play in the EU multilevel system. Based on a rich dataset of annulment actions since the 1960s and a number of in-depth case studies, it explores the political dimension of annulment litigation, which has become an increasingly relevant judicial tool in the struggle over ...

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...

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...

Global Health Collaboration
Global Health Collaboration

by Margaret Winchester, Caprice Knapp, Rhonda BeLue

This stimulating open access volume details the innovative work of the Pan Institution Network for Global Health in creating collaborative research-based answers to large-scale health issues. Equitable partnerships among member universities representing North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe reverse standard cross-national dynamics to develop loca...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Governance for Drought Resilience
Governance for Drought Resilience

by Hans Bressers, Nanny Bressers, Corinne Larrue

This book presents the findings of a team of scientists and practitioners who have been working on the project "Benefits of Governance in Drought Adaptation" (in short: the DROP project), which is included in the European Union's INTERREG IVB NWE programme. The DROP governance team developed a Governance Assessment Tool (GAT), which allow...

Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality
Comparative Perspectives on Work-Life Balance and Gender Equality

by Margaret O'Brien, Karin Wall

This book portrays men's experiences of home alone leave and how it affects their lives and family gender roles in different policy contexts and explores how this unique parental leave design is implemented in these contrasting policy regimes. The book brings together three major theoretical strands: social policy, in particular the literature on...

Geographies of Asylum in Europe and the Role of European Localities
Geographies of Asylum in Europe and the Role of European Localities

by Birgit Glorius, Jeroen Doomernik

This book describes how the numerous arrivals of asylum seekers since 2015 shaped reception and integration processes in Europe. It addresses the structuration of asylum and reception systems, and spaces and places of reception on European, national, regional and local level. It also analyses perceptions and discourses on asylum and refugees, their...

Intel Trusted Execution Technology for Server Platforms
Intel Trusted Execution Technology for Server Platforms

by William Futral, James Greene

Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) is a new security technology that started appearing on Intel server platforms in 2010. This book explains Intel Trusted Execution Technology for Servers, its purpose, application, advantages, and limitations. This book guides the server administrator / datacenter manager in enabling the technology as w...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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,...

Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty
Decision Making under Deep Uncertainty

by Vincent A. W. J. Marchau, Warren E. Walker, Pieter J. T. M. Bloemen, Steven W. Popper

This book focuses on both the theory and practice associated with the tools and approaches for decisionmaking in the face of deep uncertainty. It explores approaches and tools supporting the design of strategic plans under deep uncertainty, and their testing in the real world, including barriers and enablers for their use in practice. The book broa...

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...

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...

Understanding China's School Leadership
Understanding China's School Leadership

by Daming Feng

This book outlines key terms of China's school leadership in Chinese political and legal, financial, administrative, and cultural contexts. It reveals and interprets the real meaning of these practical terms based on existing laws, government documents, school policy texts as well as the latest empirical findings from school leaders and teachers' s...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Child Protection in England, 1960–2000
Child Protection in England, 1960–2000

by Jennifer Crane

This book explores how children, parents, and survivors reshaped the politics of child protection in late twentieth-century England. Activism by these groups, often manifested in small voluntary organisations, drew upon and constructed an expertise grounded in experience and emotion that supported, challenged, and subverted medical, social work, l...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

Development, Sexual Cultural Practices and HIV/AIDS in Africa
Development, Sexual Cultural Practices and HIV/AIDS in Africa

by Samantha Page

This open access book introduces the theoretical frameworks and academic debates concerning sexual cultural practices and HIV/AIDS in Africa. It shows how these frameworks have been applied in a practical sense in Africa to investigate sexual cultural practices and their link with HIV/AIDS. The author provides an overview of both the field of study...

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...

Your Post has been Removed
Your Post has been Removed

by Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen

This open access monograph argues established democratic norms for freedom of expression should be implemented on the internet. Moderating policies of tech companies as Facebook, Twitter and Google have resulted in posts being removed on an industrial scale. While this moderation is often encouraged by governments - on the pretext that terrorism, b...

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...

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 "...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Foundations of Behavioral Health
Foundations of Behavioral Health

by Bruce Lubotsky Levin, Ardis Hanson

This comprehensive book examines the organization, financing, delivery, and outcomes of behavioral health (i.e., alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health) services from both U.S. and global perspectives. Addressing the need for more integrative and collaborative approaches in public health and behavioral health initiatives, the book covers the fundam...

Reinforcement Learning
Reinforcement Learning

by Richard S. Sutton, Andrew G. Barto

Reinforcement learning, one of the most active research areas in artificial intelligence, is a computational approach to learning whereby an agent tries to maximize the total amount of reward it receives while interacting with a complex, uncertain environment. In Reinforcement Learning, Richard Sutton and Andrew Barto provide a clear and simple acc...

The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks
The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks

by Michele Walters, Robert J. Scholes

Biodiversity observation systems are almost everywhere inadequate to meet local, national and international (treaty) obligations. As a result of alarmingly rapid declines in biodiversity in the modern era, there is a strong, worldwide desire to upgrade our monitoring systems, but little clarity on what is actually needed and how it can be assembled...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Talent Development in European Higher Education
Talent Development in European Higher Education

by Dr. Marca V.C. Wolfensberger

This book examines the much-debated question of how to unleash the potential of young people with promising intellectual abilities and motivation. It looks at the increasingly important topic of excellence in education, and the shift in focus towards the provision of programs to support talented students in higher education. It provides a systemati...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Re-engineering the Uptake of ICT in Schools
Re-engineering the Uptake of ICT in Schools

by Frans Van Assche, Luis Anido, David Griffiths, Cathy Lewin, Sarah McNicol

This book reports on a novel and comprehensive approach to the uptake of ICT in Schools. It focuses on key questions, pedagogically sound ways of introducing ICT, new technical artifacts supporting the approach, the evaluation in a large-scale validator, and future work. While many innovations in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) have emerged over...

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...

Collaborating Against Child Abuse
Collaborating Against Child Abuse

by Susanna Johansson, Kari Stefansen, Elisiv Bakketeig, Anna Kaldal

This edited collection explores the background and implementation of the Nordic Barnahus (or 'Children's House') model – recognised as one of the most important reforms related to children who are the victims of crime in the Nordic region. This book discusses both its potential to affect change and the challenges facing it. The model was introduc...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy
Contested Childhoods: Growing up in Migrancy

by Marie Louise Seeberg, Elżbieta Goździak

This book explores specific migration, governance, and identity processes currently involving children and ideas of childhood. Migrancy as a social space allows majority populations to question the capabilities of migrants, and is a space in which an increasing number of children are growing up. In this space, families, nation-states, civil society...

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....

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...

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...

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 ...

Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education
Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education

by Brian Doig, Julian Williams, David Swanson, Rita Borromeo Ferri, Pat Drake

This book is the first major publication on the topic of "Interdisciplinary Mathematics Education" and arose from the work of the first International Topic Study Group of the same name at the ICME-13 conference in Hamburg in 2016. It offers extensive theoretical insights, empirical research, and practitioner accounts of interdisciplinary ...

The Ethics of Vaccination
The Ethics of Vaccination

by Alberto Giubilini

This book discusses individual, collective, and institutional responsibilities with regard to vaccination from the perspective of philosophy and public health ethics. It addresses the issue of what it means for a collective to be morally responsible for the realisation of herd immunity and what the implications of collective responsibility are for ...

Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism
Contemporary Perspectives on Ageism

by Liat Ayalon, Clemens Tesch-Römer

This book provides a comprehensive European perspective on the concept of ageism, its origins, the manifestation and consequences of ageism, as well as ways to respond to and research ageism. The book represents a collaborative effort of researchers from over 20 countries and a variety of disciplines, including, psychology, sociology, gerontology, ...

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...

Demystifying Climate Models
Demystifying Climate Models

by Andrew Gettelman, Richard Rood

This book demystifies the models we use to simulate present and future climates, allowing readers to better understand how to use climate model results. In order to predict the future trajectory of the Earth's climate, climate-system simulation models are necessary. When and how do we trust climate model predictions? The book offers a framework for...

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...

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...

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...

Assessing Recent Soil Erosion Rates through the Use of Beryllium-7 (Be-7)
Assessing Recent Soil Erosion Rates through the Use of Beryllium-7 (Be-7)

by Lionel Mabit, William Blake

This book is the first comprehensive guideline for the beryllium-7 (Be-7) technique that can be applied to evaluate short-term patterns and budgets of soil redistribution in agricultural landscapes. While covering the fundamental and basic concepts of the approach, this book distinguishes itself from other publications by offering step-by-step inst...

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; ...

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...

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...

United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order
United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order

by Cedric de Coning, Mateja Peter

This open access volume explores how UN peace operations are adapting to four trends in the changing global order: (1) the rebalancing of relations between states of the global North and the global South; (2) the rise of regional organisations as providers of peace; (3) the rise of violent extremism and fundamentalist non-state actors; and (4) incr...

Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria
Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria

by Julia Dahlvik

This open access monograph provides sociological insight into governmental action on the administration of asylum in the European context. It offers an in-depth understanding of how decision-making officials encounter and respond to structural contradictions in the asylum procedure produced by diverging legal, political, and administrative objectiv...

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...

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...

Teaching Tolerance in a Globalized World
Teaching Tolerance in a Globalized World

by Andrés Sandoval-Hernández, Maria Magdalena Isac, Daniel Miranda

This open access thematic report identifies factors and conditions that can help schools and education systems promote tolerance in a globalized world. The IEA's International Civic and Citizenship Study (ICCS) is a comparative research program designed to investigate the ways in which young people are prepared to undertake their roles as citizens,...

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...

Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies
Qualitative Research in European Migration Studies

by Ricard Zapata-Barrero, Evren Yalaz

This book covers the main issues, challenges and techniques concerning the application of qualitative methodologies to the study of migration. It discusses theoretical, epistemological and empirical questions that must be considered before, during, and after undertaking qualitative research in migration studies. It also covers recent innovative dev...

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...

Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century
Healthy Minds in the Twentieth Century

by Steven J. Taylor, Alice Brumby

This open access edited collection contributes a new dimension to the study of mental health and psychiatry in the twentieth century. It takes the present literature beyond the 'asylum and after' paradigm to explore the multitude of spaces that have been permeated by concerns about mental well-being and illness. The chapters in this volume consciou...

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, ...

The Hackable City
The Hackable City

by Michiel de Lange, Martijn de Waal

This book presents a selection of the best contributions to the Digital Cities 9 Workshop held in Limerick in 2015, combining a number of the latest academic insights into new collaborative modes of city making that are firmly rooted in empirical findings about the actual practices of citizens, designers and policy makers. It explores the affordanc...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Air Quality Integrated Assessment
Air Quality Integrated Assessment

by Giorgio Guariso, Marialuisa Volta

This book reports on the results of an extended survey conducted across Europe within the framework of the APPRAISAL FP7 project to determine the extent to which an integrated assessment approach to air quality is being adopted, on the one hand, by regional and local authorities to develop air quality plans and, on the other, by researchers. Follow...

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...

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...

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 ...

Assessment in Mathematics Education
Assessment in Mathematics Education

by Christine Suurtamm, Denisse Thompson, Rae Young Kim, Leonora Diaz Moreno, Nathalie Sayac, Stanislaw Schukajlow, Edward Silver, Stefan Ufer, Pauline Vos

This book provides an overview of current research on a variety of topics related to both large-scale and classroom assessment. First, the purposes, traditions and principles of assessment are considered, with particular attention to those common to all levels of assessment and those more connected with either classroom or large-scale assessment. A...

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...

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...

Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development
Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development

by Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson

This book explores the impact that professional volunteers have on the low resource countries they choose to spend time in. Whilst individual volunteering may be of immediate benefit to individual patients, this intervention may have detrimental effects on local health systems; distorting labour markets, accentuating dependencies and creating oppor...

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...

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...

The Ethics of Medical Data Donation
The Ethics of Medical Data Donation

by Jenny Krutzinna, Luciano Floridi

This book presents an ethical approach to utilizing personal medical data. It features essays that combine academic argument with practical application of ethical principles. The contributors are experts in ethics and law. They address the challenges in the re-use of medical data of the deceased on a voluntary basis. This pioneering study looks at ...

Freshwater Microplastics
Freshwater Microplastics

by Martin Wagner, Scott Lambert

This volume focuses on microscopic plastic debris, also referred to as microplastics, which have been detected in aquatic environments around the globe and have accordingly raised serious concerns. The book explores whether microplastics represent emerging contaminants in freshwater systems, an area that remains underrepresented to date. Given th...

Critical Perspectives on the Scholarship of Assessment and Learning in Law
Critical Perspectives on the Scholarship of Assessment and Learning in Law

by Alison Bone, Paul Maharg

The Assessment in Legal Education book series offers perspectives on assessment in legal education across a range of Common Law jurisdictions. Each volume in the series provides: Information on assessment practices and cultures within a jurisdiction.A sample of innovative assessment practices and designs in a jurisdiction.Insights into how assessm...

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...

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...

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...

Management of Research Infrastructures: A South African Funding Perspective
Management of Research Infrastructures: A South African Funding Perspective

by Rakeshnie Ramoutar-Prieschl, Sepo Hachigonta

This book provides an overview of the building blocks necessary for managing, steering and guiding the establishment of a research infrastructure (RI). It offers valuable insights into RI investment, access and management at the academic, grants management, agency and policy level, and serves as a useful guide for the research community, students, ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

mHealth Innovation in Asia
mHealth Innovation in Asia

by Emma Baulch, Jerry Watkins, Amina Tariq

This book offers a detailed account of a range of mHealth initiatives across South, Southeast and East Asia. It provides readers with deep insights into the challenges such initiatives face on the ground, and a view of the diverse cultural contexts shaping strategies for overcoming these challenges. The book brings together various discussions on t...

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...

Children and Peace
Children and Peace

by Nikola Balvin, Daniel J. Christie

This free book brings together discourse on children and peace from the 15th International Symposium on the Contributions of Psychology to Peace, covering issues pertinent to children and peace and approaches to making their world safer, fairer and more sustainable. The book is divided into nine sections that examine traditional themes (social con...

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...

Healthcare, Frugal Innovation, and Professional Voluntarism
Healthcare, Frugal Innovation, and Professional Voluntarism

by Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson, John Chatwin, Natasha Tyler

This book investigates what international placements of healthcare employees in low resource settings add to the UK workforce and the efficacy of the its national health system. The authors present empirical data collected from a volunteer deployment project in Uganda focused on reducing maternal and new-born mortality and discuss the learning and ...

Open and Distance Education in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Open and Distance Education in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Adnan Qayyum

This book describes the history, structure and institutions of open and distance education in six countries: China, India, Russia, Turkey, South Africa and South Korea. It describes how open and distance education is evolving in a digital age to reflect the needs and circumstances of the national higher education systems in these countries. It al...

European E-Democracy in Practice
European E-Democracy in Practice

by Leonhard Hennen, Ira van Keulen, Iris Korthagen, Georg Aichholzer, Ralf Lindner, Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen

This free book explores how digital tools and social media technologies can contribute to better participation and involvement of EU citizens in European politics. By analyzing selected representative e-participation projects at the local, national and European governmental levels, it identifies the preconditions, best practices and shortcomings of...

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...

Computational Conflict Research
Computational Conflict Research

by Emanuel Deutschmann, Jan Lorenz, Luis G. Nardin, Davide Natalini, Adalbert F. X. Wilhelm

This free book brings together a set of original studies that use cutting-edge computational methods to investigate conflict at various geographic scales and degrees of intensity and violence. Methodologically, this book covers a variety of computational approaches from text mining and machine learning to agent-based modelling and social network an...

International Cooperation for Enhancing Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards and Non-proliferation–60 Years of IAEA and EURATOM
International Cooperation for Enhancing Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards and Non-proliferation–60 Years of IAEA and EURATOM

by Luciano Maiani, Said Abousahl, Wolfango Plastino

This book examines key aspects of international cooperation to enhance nuclear safety, security, safeguards, and non-proliferation, thereby assisting in development and maintenance of the verification regime and fostering progress toward a nuclear weapon-free world. The book opens by addressing important political, institutional, and legal dimensio...

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...

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...

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...

Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education
Visions for Intercultural Music Teacher Education

by Heidi Westerlund, Sidsel Karlsen, Heidi Partti

This open access book highlights the importance of visions of alternative futures in music teacher education in a time of increasing societal complexity due to increased diversity. There are policies at every level to counter prejudice, increase opportunities, reduce inequalities, stimulate change in educational systems, and prevent and counter pol...

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...

Preparing for Life in a Digital World
Preparing for Life in a Digital World

by Julian Fraillon, John Ainley, Wolfram Schulz, Tim Friedman, Daniel Duckworth

This book summarizes the key findings from the second cycle of IEA's International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS), conducted in 2018. ICILS seeks to establish how well schools around the globe are responding to the need to provide young people with the necessary digital participatory competencies. Effective use of information and c...

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 ...

Bridging Educational Leadership, Curriculum Theory and Didaktik
Bridging Educational Leadership, Curriculum Theory and Didaktik

by Michael Uljens, Rose M. Ylimaki

This volume argues for the need of a common ground that bridges leadership studies, curriculum theory, and Didaktik. It proposes a non-affirmative education theory and its core concepts along with discursive institutionalism as an analytical tool to bridge these fields. It concludes with implications of its coherent theoretical framing for future e...

The Troika of Adult Learners, Lifelong Learning, and Mathematics
The Troika of Adult Learners, Lifelong Learning, and Mathematics

by Katherine Safford-Ramus, Pradeep Kumar Misra, Terry Maguire

This book presents a synopsis of six emerging themes in adult mathematics/numeracy and a critical discussion of recent developments in terms of policies, provisions, and the emerging challenges, paradoxes and tensions. It also offers an extensive review of the literature adult mathematics education. Why do adults want to learn mathematics? Did they...

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...

The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya
The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya

by Selma K. Sonntag, Mark Turin

This highly original and timely collection brings together case studies from salient areas of the Himalayan region to explore the politics of language contact. Promoting a linguistically and historically grounded perspective, The Politics of Language Contact in the Himalaya offers nuanced insights into language and its relation to power in this geo...

Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System
Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

by Alison S. Burke, David Carter, Brian Fedorek, Tiffany Morey, Lore Rutz-Burri, Shanell Sanchez

This open book is unique because it was a collaborative effort by all Criminology and Criminal Justice professors at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland, Oregon. This book can be used on a quarter or semester system, as well as cover topics that may get left out of some introductory texts such as controversial issues in the criminal justice...

The SysAdmin Handbook
The SysAdmin Handbook

by Various

Over the past two years, Simple-Talk has published articles on a variety of SysAdmin topics, from Exchange to Virtualization, and including everything from Powershell to Unified Messaging. We have brought the best of these articles together to form The SysAdmin Handbook. With over fifty articles packed into this book, it will be an essential refere...

Policing and Minority Communities
Policing and Minority Communities

by James F. Albrecht, Garth den Heyer, Perry Stanislas

This insightful book examines the allegations against the professionalism, transparency, and integrity of law enforcement toward minority groups, from a global perspective. It addresses the challenges inherent in maintaining strong ties with members of the community, and draws attention to obstacles in ensuring public confidence and trust in rule o...

Guide to Computer Network Security
Guide to Computer Network Security

by Joseph Migga Kizza

This definitive text/reference on computer network and information security presents a comprehensive guide to the repertoire of security tools, algorithms and best practices mandated by the rapidly evolving ubiquitous technology we are increasingly dependent on. Fully revised and updated, this timely new edition encompasses the latest developments ...

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...

Istio Succinctly
Istio Succinctly

by Rahul Rai, Tarun Pabbi

Istio is one of the most popular solutions for service meshes in cloud-native infrastructures, and it is most often deployed on Kubernetes clusters. In Istio Succinctly, authors Rahul Rai and Tarun Pabbi provide a practical guide to getting started with Istio, from setting up a Kubernetes cluster, to managing its traffic management, security, obser...

Media Resistance
Media Resistance

by Trine Syvertsen

This book is about those who dislike, protest, and try to abstain from media, both new and old. It explains why media resistance persists and answers two questions: What is at stake for resisters and how does media resistance inspire organized action? Yet, despite the interest in media scepticism and dislike, there seems to be no book on the market...

Vote Buying in Indonesia
Vote Buying in Indonesia

by Burhanuddin Muhtadi

Muhtadi's analysis of vote-buying in post-democratization Indonesia is original, profound, subtle, nuanced, and convincing as well as beautifully organized and well written. Equally important, its imaginative policy prescriptions will be widely read and cited as a significant contribution to the literature of comparative electoral politics. —Wil...

Aging Well
Aging Well

by Jean Galiana, William A. Haseltine

This book outlines the challenges of supporting the health and wellbeing of older adults around the world and offers examples of solutions designed by stakeholders, healthcare providers, and public, private and nonprofit organizations in the United States. The solutions presented address challenges including: providing person-centered long-term car...

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...

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...

Research Assessment in the Humanities
Research Assessment in the Humanities

by Michael Ochsner, Sven E. Hug, Hans-Dieter Daniel

This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.This book analyses and discusses the recent developments for assessing research quality in the humanities and related fields in the social sciences. Research assessments in the humanities are highly controversial and the evaluation of humanities research is delicate. Whi...

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...

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....

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...

Trade Unions on YouTube
Trade Unions on YouTube

by Jenny Jansson, Katrin Uba

This book investigates how trade unions representing different social classes use YouTube videos for renewal purposes. Information and communication technology has undoubtedly offered new opportunities for social movements, but while research suggests that these new means of communication can be used for trade union revitalization, few studies hav...

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 ...

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...

Preparing for Life in a Digital Age
Preparing for Life in a Digital Age

by Julian Fraillon, John Ainley, Wolfram Schulz, Tim Friedman, Eveline Gebhardt

Ability to use information and communication technologies (ICT) is an imperative for effective participation in today's digital age. Schools worldwide are responding to the need to provide young people with that ability. But how effective are they in this regard? The IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) responded to thi...

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 ...

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...

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...

European Citizenship after Brexit
European Citizenship after Brexit

by Patricia Mindus

This book investigates European citizenship after Brexit, in light of the functionalist theory of citizenship. No matter its shape, Brexit will impact significantly on what has been labelled as one of the major achievements of EU integration: Citizenship of the Union. For the first time an automatic and collective lapse of status is observed. It is...

Volcanic Unrest
Volcanic Unrest

by Joachim Gottsmann, Jürgen Neuberg, Bettina Scheu

This book summarizes the findings of the VUELCO project, a multi-disciplinary and cross-boundary research funded by the European Commission's 7th framework program. It comprises four broad topics:1. The global significance of volcanic unrest2. Geophysical and geochemical fingerprints of unrest and precursory activity3. Magma dynamics le...

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...

The Ecological Scarcity Method for the European Union
The Ecological Scarcity Method for the European Union

by Stephan Ahbe, Simon Weihofen, Steffen Wellge

This report transfers the Ecological Scarcity Method (ESM) to the EU and its 28 member states. It provides a powerful tool for unbiased environmental assessments in enterprises and surveys the current impacts and the targets published by environmental authorities, specifically the European Environment Agency. ESM assesses environmental impacts of m...

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...

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...

Mediation in Collective Labor Conflicts
Mediation in Collective Labor Conflicts

by Martin Euwema, Francisco Medina, Ana Belén García, Erica Romero Pender

This book opens up the black box of mediation in collective conflicts through the analyses and comparisons of various systems. Mediation and related third party interventions such as conciliation and facilitation are discussed as effective prevention and regulation tools for different types of collective labor conflicts. These interventions fit in...

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:...

Asylum Determination in Europe
Asylum Determination in Europe

by Nick Gill, Anthony Good

Drawing on new research material from ten European countries, Asylum Determination in Europe: Ethnographic Perspectives brings together a range of detailed accounts of the legal and bureaucratic processes by which asylum claims are decided.The book includes a legal overview of European asylum determination procedures, followed by sections on the di...

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...

Outsourcing Legal Aid in the Nordic Welfare States
Outsourcing Legal Aid in the Nordic Welfare States

by Olaf Halvorsen Rønning, Ole Hammerslev

This edited collection provides a comprehensive analysis of the differences and similarities between civil legal aid schemes in the Nordic countries whilst outlining recent legal aid transformations in their respective welfare states. Based on in-depth studies of Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland, the authors compare these cases with le...

3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology
3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology

by John McCarthy, Jonathan Benjamin, Trevor Winton, Wendy van Duivenvoorde

This book was inspired by the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology International Workshop held at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia in November 2016. Content is based on, but not limited to, the work presented at the workshop which was dedicated to 3D recording and interpretation for maritime archaeology. The volume consists of ...

Observing the Volcano World
Observing the Volcano World

by Carina Fearnley, Deanne Bird, Katharine Haynes, William McGuire, Gill Jolly

This book provides a comprehensive overview of volcanic crisis research, the goal being to establish ways of successfully applying volcanology in practice and to identify areas that need to be addressed for future progress. It shows how volcano crises are managed in practice, and helps to establish best practices. Consequently the book brings toge...

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...

Climate-Smart Food
Climate-Smart Food

by Dave Reay

This book asks just how climate-smart our food really is. It follows an average day's worth of food and drink to see where it comes from, how far it travels, and the carbon price we all pay for it. From our breakfast tea and toast, through breaktime chocolate bar, to take-away supper, Dave Reay explores the weather extremes the world's farmers are ...

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...

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...

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...

Office 365
Office 365

by Matthew Katzer, Don Crawford

Written for the IT professional and business owner, this book provides the business and technical insight necessary to migrate your business to the cloud using Microsoft Office 365. This is a practical look at cloud migration and the use of different technologies to support that migration. Numerous examples of cloud migration with technical migrati...

The Ethics of Educational Healthcare Placements in Low and Middle Income Countries
The Ethics of Educational Healthcare Placements in Low and Middle Income Countries

by Anya Ahmed, James Ackers-Johnson, Helen Louise Ackers

This book examines the current state of elective placements of medical undergraduate students in developing countries and their impact on health care education at home. Drawing from a recent case study of volunteer deployment in Uganda, the authors provide an in-depth evaluation of the impacts on the students themselves and the learning outcomes as...

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...

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...

Nuclear Back-end and Transmutation Technology for Waste Disposal
Nuclear Back-end and Transmutation Technology for Waste Disposal

by Ken Nakajima

This book covers essential aspects of transmutation technologies, highlighting especially the advances in Japan. The accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) has caused us to focus attention on a large amount of spent nuclear fuels stored in NPPs. In addition, public anxiety regarding the treatment and disposal of high-level radi...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Managing Innovation and Standards
Managing Innovation and Standards

by Paul Moritz Wiegmann

This book provides an in-depth study of the management of standards and regulation in sustainable and radical innovation development. It considers the case of micro Combined Heat and Power (mCHP) technology. The developers of this radical innovation in the European heating sector encountered major conflicts when attempting to create or adapt stand...

The Huawei and Snowden Questions
The Huawei and Snowden Questions

by Olav Lysne

PreliminaryThis book answers two central questions: firstly, is it at all possible to verify electronic equipment procured from untrusted vendors? Secondly, can I build trust into my products in such a way that I support verification by untrusting customers? In separate chapters the book takes readers through the state of the art in fields of comp...

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...

Motivational Profiles in TIMSS Mathematics
Motivational Profiles in TIMSS Mathematics

by Michalis Michaelides, Gavin T. Brown, Hanna Eklöf, Elena Papanastasiou

This book presents a person-centered exploration of student profiles, using variables related to motivation to do school mathematics derived from the IEA's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) data. Statistical cluster analysis is used to identify groups of students with similar motivational profiles, across grades and over...

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...

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...

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...

IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study 2016 Assessment Framework
IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study 2016 Assessment Framework

by Wolfram Schulz, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Bruno Losito, Gabriella Agrusti

The 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 a continuation of a study initiated in 2009. This document outlines the framework and assessment design for the IC...

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...

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 ...

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...

Men's Experiences of Violence in Intimate Relationships
Men's Experiences of Violence in Intimate Relationships

by Marianne Inéz Lien, Jørgen Lorentzen

This book draws on a broad study on violence against men, from both male and female partners in Norway, to contribute to the research on intimate partner violence. It identifies similarities in men's experiences and backgrounds, including in their perceptions of their own victimisation. Marianne Inez Lien and Jørgen Lorentzen argue that the tradit...

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...

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...

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...

Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics
Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics

by Roseli Pellens, Philippe Grandcolas

Phylogenetic diversity is now a key concept for biodiversity conservation due to its link to option value, evolutionary potential and to the possibility of guiding conservation across scales. Present facilities for obtaining molecular sequences and metagenomes are powering this research field, rendering available detailed information of phylogeneti...

Nordic Mediation Research
Nordic Mediation Research

by Anna Nylund, Kaijus Ervasti, Lin Adrian

This book presents twelve unique studies on mediation from researchers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, respectively. Each study highlights important aspects of mediation, including the role of children in family mediation, the evolution and ambivalent application of restorative justice in the Nordic countries, the confusion of roles in cour...

The Indigenous Identity of the South Saami
The Indigenous Identity of the South Saami

by Håkon Hermanstrand, Asbjørn Kolberg, Trond Risto Nilssen, Leiv Sem

This book is a novel contribution in two ways: It is a multi-disciplinary examination of the indigenous South Saami people in Fennoscandia, a social and cultural group that often is overlooked as it is a minority within the Saami minority. Based on both historical material such as archaeological evidence, 20th century newspapers, and postcard motiv...

Community-Oriented Policing and Technological Innovations
Community-Oriented Policing and Technological Innovations

by Georgios Leventakis, M. Haberfeld

This Brief presents new approaches and innovative challenges to address bringing technology into community-oriented policing efforts. "Community-oriented policing" is an approach that encourages police to develop and maintain personal relationships with citizens and community organizations. By developing these partnerships, the goal is to...

Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation
Protest Movements in Asylum and Deportation

by Sieglinde Rosenberger, Verena Stern, Nina Merhaut

This book deals with contestations "from below" of legal policies and implementation practices in asylum and deportation. Consequently, it covers three types of mobilization: solidarity protests against the deportation of refused asylum seekers, refugee activism campaigning for residence rights and inclusion, and restrictive protests agai...

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...

A Practical Guide to TPM 2.0
A Practical Guide to TPM 2.0

by Will Arthur, David Challener, Kenneth Goldman

A Practical Guide to TPM 2.0: Using the Trusted Platform Module in the New Age of Security is a straight-forward primer for developers. It shows security and TPM concepts, demonstrating their use in real applications that the reader can try out. Simply put, this book is designed to empower and excite the programming community to go out and do co...

Linked Democracy
Linked Democracy

by Marta Poblet, Pompeu Casanovas, Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel

This book shows the factors linking information flow, social intelligence, rights management and modelling with epistemic democracy, offering licensed linked data along with information about the rights involved. This model of democracy for the web of data brings new challenges for the social organisation of knowledge, collective innovation, and th...

Improving Psychiatric Care for Older People
Improving Psychiatric Care for Older People

by Claire Hilton

This book tells the story of Barbara Robb and her pressure group, Aid for the Elderly in Government Institutions (AEGIS). In 1965, Barbara visited 73-year-old Amy Gibbs in a dilapidated and overcrowded National Health Service psychiatric hospital back-ward. She was so appalled by the low standards that she set out to make improvements. Barbara's bo...

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...

Information Infrastructures within European Health Care
Information Infrastructures within European Health Care

by Margunn Aanestad, Miria Grisot, Ole Hanseth, Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou

This book consolidates experiences from across Europe on the design, development, implementation and evolution of inter-organisational information infrastructures for healthcare. It provides insights with practical relevance for those involved or interested in the planning and implementation of such infrastructures and includes 11 empirical cases o...

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...

Psychiatry and Decolonisation in Uganda
Psychiatry and Decolonisation in Uganda

by Yolana Pringle

This book investigates psychiatry in Uganda during the years of decolonisation. It examines the challenges facing a new generation of psychiatrists as they took over responsibility for psychiatry at the end of empire, and explores the ways psychiatric practices were tied to shifting political and development priorities, periods of instability, and ...

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...

Ethics and Civil Drones
Ethics and Civil Drones

by María de Miguel Molina, Virginia Santamarina Campos

This book disseminates some of the results of the European H2020 AiRT Project (Technology transfer of RPAs for the creative industry). In particular, it presents findings related to mitigating safety and security concerns when civil drones are piloted by the service sector (mainly, the creative industry). European policies regarding drones generall...

Building the Infrastructure for Cloud Security
Building the Infrastructure for Cloud Security

by Raghu Yeluri, Enrique Castro-Leon

For cloud users and providers alike, security is an everyday concern, yet there are very few books covering cloud security as a main subject. This book will help address this information gap from an Information Technology solution and usage-centric view of cloud infrastructure security. The book highlights the fundamental technology components nece...

Building the Foundation: Whole Numbers in the Primary Grades
Building the Foundation: Whole Numbers in the Primary Grades

by Maria Bartolini Bussi, Xu Hua Sun

This twenty-third ICMI Study addresses for the first time mathematics teaching and learning in the primary school (and pre-school) setting, while also taking international perspectives, socio-cultural diversity and institutional constraints into account. One of the main challenges of designing the first ICMI primary school study of this kind is the...

Sensitivity Analysis: Matrix Methods in Demography and Ecology
Sensitivity Analysis: Matrix Methods in Demography and Ecology

by Hal Caswell

This book shows how to use sensitivity analysis in demography. It presents new methods for individuals, cohorts, and populations, with applications to humans, other animals, and plants. The analyses are based on matrix formulations of age-classified, stage-classified, and multistate population models. Methods are presented for linear and nonlinear,...

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...

International Comparative Studies in Mathematics
International Comparative Studies in Mathematics

by Jinfa Cai, Ida A.Mok, Vijay Reddy, Kaye Stacey

It argues that the main purpose of educational research is to improve student learning, and that international comparative studies are no exception....

Becoming Citizens in a Changing World
Becoming Citizens in a Changing World

by Wolfram Schulz, John Ainley, Julian Fraillon, Bruno Losito, Gabriella Agrusti, Tim Friedman

This book presents the results from the second cycle of the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS 2016). Using data from 24 countries in Asia, Europe and Latin America, the study 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 2...

Status and Dynamics of Forests in Germany
Status and Dynamics of Forests in Germany

by Nicole Wellbrock, Andreas Bolte

This book is an open access publication.Forest ecosystems in Central Europe are changing as a result of anthropogenic influences and changing climate conditions. As such, a large-scale monitoring programme was undertaken in order to understand the influence of site modification, deposition of air pollutants, and climate. This book presents the sci...

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 ...

Communicative Figurations
Communicative Figurations

by Andreas Hepp, Andreas Breiter, Uwe Hasebrink

This open access volume is about how to research the influence of our changing media environment. Today, there is not one single medium that is the driving force of change. With the spreading of various technical communication media such as mobile phone and internet platforms, we are confronted with a media manifold of deep mediatization. But how c...

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...

Riverine Ecosystem Management
Riverine Ecosystem Management

by Stefan Schmutz, Jan Sendzimir

This book surveys the frontier of scientific river research and provides examples to guide management towards a sustainable future of riverine ecosystems. Principal structures and functions of the biogeosphere of rivers are explained; key threats are identified, and effective solutions for restoration and mitigation are provided. Rivers are among ...

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 ...

Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine
Animals and the Shaping of Modern Medicine

by Abigail Woods, Michael Bresalier, Angela Cassidy, Rachel Mason Dentinger

This book breaks new ground by situating animals and their diseases at the very heart of modern medicine. In demonstrating their historical significance as subjects and shapers of medicine, it offers important insights into past animal lives, and reveals that what we think of as 'human' medicine was in fact deeply zoological.Each chapter analyses a...

Societal Implications of Community-Oriented Policing and Technology
Societal Implications of Community-Oriented Policing and Technology

by Georgios Leventakis, M. Haberfeld

This Brief presents new approaches and innovative challenges to address bringing technology into community-oriented policing efforts. "Community-oriented policing" is an approach that encourages police to develop and maintain personal relationships with citizens and community organizations. By developing these partnerships, the goal is to...

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 ...

Engineering a Better Future
Engineering a Better Future

by Eswaran Subrahmanian, Toluwalogo Odumosu, Jeffrey Y. Tsao

This book examines how the social sciences can be integrated into the praxis of engineering and science, presenting unique perspectives on the interplay between engineering and social science. Motivated by the report by the Commission on Humanities and Social Sciences of the American Association of Arts and Sciences, which emphasizes the importance...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Energy Efficient Servers
Energy Efficient Servers

by Corey Gough, Ian Steiner, Winston Saunders

Energy Efficient Servers: Blueprints for Data Center Optimization introduces engineers and IT professionals to the power management technologies and techniques used in energy efficient servers. The book includes a deep examination of different features used in processors, memory, interconnects, I/O devices, and other platform components. It outline...

Bordieuan Field Theory as an Instrument for Military Operational Analysis
Bordieuan Field Theory as an Instrument for Military Operational Analysis

by Håkan Gunneriusson

This book uses Pierre Bourdieu's field theory as a lens through which to examine military operations. Novel in its approach, this innovative text provides a better, more nuanced understanding of the modern 'battlespace', particularly in instances of prolonged low-intensity conflict. Formed in two parts, this book primarily explores the scope of Bou...

Evaluating Evidence of Mechanisms in Medicine
Evaluating Evidence of Mechanisms in Medicine

by Veli-Pekka Parkkinen, Christian Wallmann, Michael Wilde, Brendan Clarke, Phyllis Illari, Michael Kelly, Charles Norell, Federica Russo, Beth Shaw, Jon Williamson

This book is the first to develop explicit methods for evaluating evidence of mechanisms in the field of medicine. It explains why it can be important to make this evidence explicit, and describes how to take such evidence into account in the evidence appraisal process. In addition, it develops procedures for seeking evidence of mechanisms, for eva...

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...

Open Government
Open Government

by Laurel Ruma, Daniel Lathrop

In a world where web services can make real-time data accessible to anyone, how can the government leverage this openness to improve its operations and increase citizen participation and awareness? Through a collection of essays and case studies, leading visionaries and practitioners both inside and outside of government share their ideas on how to...

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...

Systematic Reviews in Educational Research
Systematic Reviews in Educational Research

by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Michael Kerres, Svenja Bedenlier, Melissa Bond, Katja Buntins

In this volume, international researchers of the field describe and discuss the systematic review method in its application to research in education. Alongside fundamental methodical considerations, reflections and practice examples are included and provide an introduction and overview on systematic reviews in education research. Reflections on th...

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...

Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos
Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos

by Amelie G. Ramirez, Edward J. Trapido

This book gives an overview of the sessions, panel discussions, and outcomes of the Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference, held in February 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, USA, and hosted by the Mays Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.Latinos – the largest, youngest, and fastest-grow...

The Culture of Capital Punishment in Japan
The Culture of Capital Punishment in Japan

by David T. Johnson

This free book provides a comparative perspective on capital punishment in Japan and the United States. Alongside the US, Japan is one of only a few developed democracies in the world which retains capital punishment and continues to carry out executions on a regular basis. There are some similarities between the two systems of capital punishment b...

Vocational Teacher Education in Central Asia
Vocational Teacher Education in Central Asia

by Jens Drummer, Gafurjon Hakimov, Mamatair Joldoshov, Thomas Köhler, Svetlana Udartseva

This book is open access under a CC-BY license. This open access volume presents papers on vocational education, project-based learning and science didactic approaches, illustrating with sample cases, and with a special focus on Central Asian states. Thematically embedded in the area of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), the book e...

The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer's Disease Life-Writing
The Poetics and Politics of Alzheimer's Disease Life-Writing

by Martina Zimmermann

This is the first book-length exploration of the thoughts and experiences expressed by dementia patients in published narratives over the last thirty years. It contrasts third-person caregiver and first-person patient accounts from different languages and a range of media, focusing on the poetical and political questions these narratives raise: wha...

Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas
Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas

by Adnan Qayyum, Olaf Zawacki-Richter

This free book describes the history, structure and institutions of open and distance education in six countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US. It discusses how open and distance education is evolving in a digital age to reflect the needs and circumstances of national higher education systems in these countries, and explore...

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 ...

Crisis Reporters, Emotions, and Technology
Crisis Reporters, Emotions, and Technology

by Johana Kotišová

This book explores the emotional labour of crisis reporters in an original style that combines fictional and factual narrative. Exploring how journalists make sense of their emotional experience and development in relation to their professional ideology, it illustrates how media professionals learn to think and act within crisis situations. Drawing...

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...

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...

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...

Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Nuclear Risks
Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Nuclear Risks

by Katsuhiro Kamae

This book covers seismic probabilistic risk assessment (S-PRA) and related studies which have become more important to increase the safety of nuclear facilities against earthquakes and tsunamis in the face of the many uncertainties after the Fukushima accident. The topics are (1) Active faults and active tectonics important for seismic hazard asses...

Young People's Views of Government, Peaceful Coexistence, and Diversity in Five Latin American Countries
Young People's Views of Government, Peaceful Coexistence, and Diversity in Five Latin American Countries

by Wolfram Schulz, John Ainley, Cristián Cox, Tim Friedman

This open access report presents findings from the five Latin American countries that participated in the second cycle of the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS 2016). ICCS 2016 investigated the ways in which a range of countries are preparing their young people to undertake their roles as citizens during the second decad...

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...

Sustainable Rice Straw Management
Sustainable Rice Straw Management

by Martin Gummert, Nguyen Van Hung, Pauline Chivenge, Boru Douthwaite

This free book on straw management aims to provide a wide array of options for rice straw management that are potentially more sustainable, environmental, and profitable compared to current practice. The book is authored by expert researchers, engineers and innovators working on a range of straw management options with case studies from Vietnam, th...

Understanding Willing Participants, Volume 2
Understanding Willing Participants, Volume 2

by Nestar Russell

Horrified by the Holocaust, social psychologist Stanley Milgram wondered if he could recreate the Holocaust in the laboratory setting. Unabated for more than half a century, his (in)famous results have continued to intrigue scholars. Based on unpublished archival data from Milgram's personal collection, volume one of this two-volume set introduces ...

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...

Dynamic Spectrum Management
Dynamic Spectrum Management

by Ying-Chang Liang

This open access book, authored by a world-leading researcher in this field, describes fundamentals of dynamic spectrum management, provides a systematic overview on the enabling technologies covering cognitive radio, blockchain, and artificial intelligence, and offers valuable guidance for designing advanced wireless communications systems. This b...

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...

The Ethics of Cybersecurity
The Ethics of Cybersecurity

by Markus Christen, Bert Gordijn, Michele Loi

This open access book provides the first comprehensive collection of papers that provide an integrative view on cybersecurity. It discusses theories, problems and solutions on the relevant ethical issues involved. This work is sorely needed in a world where cybersecurity has become indispensable to protect trust and confidence in the digital infras...

Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy and Influence in the Social Sciences
Lewis Fry Richardson: His Intellectual Legacy and Influence in the Social Sciences

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

This is an open access book. Lewis F Richardson (1981-1953), a physicist by training, was a pioneer in meteorology and peace research and remains a towering presence in both fields. This edited volume reviews his work and assesses its influence in the social sciences, notably his work on arms races and their consequences, mathematical models, the 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...

Ethnic Identity, Social Mobility and the Role of Soulmates
Ethnic Identity, Social Mobility and the Role of Soulmates

by Marieke Slootman

Based on a study among higher-educated adult children of lower-class Turkish and Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands, this open access book explores processes of identification among social climbers with ethnic minority backgrounds. Using both survey data and open interviews with these 'minority climbers', the study details the contextual and te...

Trade Union Cooperation in Europe
Trade Union Cooperation in Europe

by Bengt Furåker, Bengt Larsson

This open access book discusses transnational trade union cooperation in Europe – its forms, focuses, conditions, and obstacles. It provides an overview of existing trade union cooperation and includes detailed analyses of two specific questions: the debates on statutory minimum wages and the Posting of Workers Directive. Drawing on empirical res...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Life Cycle Assessment
Life Cycle Assessment

by Michael Z. Hauschild, Ralph K. Rosenbaum, Stig Irving Olsen

This book is a uniquely pedagogical while still comprehensive state-of-the-art description of LCA-methodology and its broad range of applications. The five parts of the book conveniently provide: I) the history and context of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with its central role as quantitative and scientifically-based tool supporting society’s trans...

Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education
Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education

by Kamden K. Strunk, Leslie Ann Locke

This book presents an integrative approach to thinking about research methods for social justice. In today's education landscape, there is a growing interest in scholar-activism and ways of doing research that advances educational equity. This text provides a foundational overview of important theoretical and philosophical issues specific to this k...

Philosophy of Race
Philosophy of Race

by Naomi Zack

Philosophy of Race: An Introduction provides plainly written access to a new subfield that has been in the background of philosophy since Plato and Aristotle. Part I provides an overview of ideas of race and ethnicity in the philosophical canon, egalitarian traditions, race in biology, and race in American and Continental Philosophy. Part II addres...

Neural Networks and Deep Learning
Neural Networks and Deep Learning

by Charu C. Aggarwal

This book covers both classical and modern models in deep learning. The chapters of this book span three categories:The basics of neural networks: Many traditional machine learning models can be understood as special cases of neural networks. An emphasis is placed in the first two chapters on understanding the relationship between traditional mac...

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...

Building Secure and Reliable Systems
Building Secure and Reliable Systems

by Betsy Beyer, Piotr Lewandowski, Ana Oprea, Paul Blankinship, Heather Adkins, Adam Stubblefield

Can a system be considered truly reliable if it isn't fundamentally secure? Or can it be considered secure if it's unreliable? Security is crucial to the design and operation of scalable systems in production, as it plays an important part in product quality, performance, and availability. In this book, experts from Google share best practices to h...

Introducing Windows Server 2016
Introducing Windows Server 2016

by John McCabe

Windows Server has powered a generation of organizations, from small businesses to large enterprises. No matter what your role in IT, you can be guaranteed you that have touched Windows Server at some point in your career or at very least you have seen it from afar! This book introduces you to Windows Server 2016, which is the next version of Windo...

Android Notes for Professionals
Android Notes for Professionals

by GoalKicker

The Android Notes for Professionals book is compiled from Stack Overflow Documentation, the content is written by the beautiful people at Stack Overflow....

Deploying Windows 10
Deploying Windows 10

by Andre Della Monica, Russ Rimmerman, Alessandro Cesarini, Victor Silveira

Get a head start deploying Windows 10 - with tips and best practices from experts in the field. This guide shows you how to deploy Windows 10 in an automated way without impacting end users by leveraging System Center Configuration Manager, which is the most used product to deploy Microsoft operating systems in the industry today. Windows 10 rep...

The DSC Book
The DSC Book

by Don Jones, Steve Murawski

Learn everything you need to know about Microsoft's Desired State Configuration, a management platform in Windows PowerShell. The DSC Book is designed to help you understand how DSC works, and how you can use it in a variety of scenarios....

JavaScript Notes for Professionals
JavaScript Notes for Professionals

by GoalKicker

The JavaScript Notes for Professionals book is compiled from Stack Overflow Documentation, the content is written by the beautiful people at Stack Overflow....