Literature on sustainability

Most articles listed below are accessible through the Royal Library. Search via the CULIS interface (English), or the KUBIS interface (Danish).

A few of the titles below are in Danish.

Sustainability in general:

  • Hulme, Mike (2009): Why We Disagree About Climate Change: Understanding Controversy, Inaction and Opportunity, Cambridge University Press.
  • Jasanoff, Sheila (2010): A New Climate for Society in Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 27, pp. 233-254, Sage Journals.
  • Nielsen, Jørgen Steen (2012): Den Store Omstilling - fra systemkrise til grøn økonomi
    Informations Forlag.

  • Stibbe, Arran ed. (2009): The Handbook of SUSTAINABILITY LITERACY
    Green Books Ltd.

Online resources:

The Age of Sustainable Development - This online lecture series with Jeffrey Sachs is a good introduction to the field.

The Planet - both a website and a documentary. The website is interactive and allows you to get a - very basic - insight into areas of sustainability that are unknown to you.

Global Carbon Atlas is a resource that lets you explore, quantify and compare emissions over time.

The relation between humans and Nature:

  • Fisher, Joern, (2015): Advancing sustainability through mainstreaming a social–ecological systems perspective. In Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol 14, June.

The Human factor - the Humanities:

  • Cox , Robert (2013): Environmental communication and the public sphere.
    Thousand Oaks: Sage Publication.

  • Hansen, Anders (2010): Environment, Media and Communication,
    NY: Routledge.

  • Sørensen, Mikkel og Mikkel Fugl Eskjær, ed. (2014): Klima og mennesker - Humanistiske perspektiver på klimaforandringer, Museum Tusculanums Forlag.


  • Stoknes, Per Espen (2015): What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming; Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action, Chelsea Green Publishing.

    Chelsea Green Publishing
    Chelsea Green Publishing


  • Tàbara, J. D., & Chabay, I. (2013): Coupling Human Information and Knowledge Systems with social–ecological systems change: Reframing research, education, and policy for sustainability. In Environmental Science & Policy, 28, 71–81.
  • Whitmarsch, Lorraine, Saffron O’Neill and Irene Lorenzoni (2011): Engaging the Public with Climate Change: Behaviour Change and Communication, London: Earthscan. (pp. 1-30, 270-282).

The Antropocene

Governance; convergence of politics and social science

  • Norgaard, R. (2009): Foundations of Environmental Sustainability: The Coevolution of Science and Policy. In Ecological Economics, 68(12), 3084–3085.

The social dimension:

  • Agger, Annika (2010): Involving citizens in sustainable development: evidence of new forms of participation in the Danish Agenda 21 schemes. In The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 15, 541-552.
  • Beck, Ulrik (2012): Cosmopolitan communities of climate risk, in Global Networks, Vol 13, issue 1.
  • Blok, Anders (2012): Et nyt klima for sociologien? i Dansk Sociologi, vol. 23, nr. 1.
  • Blok, Anders (2010): Topologies of Climate Change: actor-network theory, relational-scalar analytics, and carbon-market overflows. In Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, vol. 28, pp. 896-912  SOCIOLOGY
  • Bulkeley, Harriet and Peter Newell (2010): Governing Climate Change. Routledge. London and New York. (Introduction og kap. 1, 3, 4, 5 og 6, pp. 1-34, 54-114.) INTRO Politology
  • Burch, Sarah & Robinson, John (2007): A framework for explaining the links between capacity and action in response to global climate change. In Climate Policy, 7, pp. 304-316.
  • Edwards, Paul N. (2010): A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming. The MIT Press. (Kap. 15) INTRO to the field.
  • Gardiner, Stephen F. (2009): Saved by Disaster? Abrupt Climate Change, Political Inertia, and the Possibility of an Intergenerational Arms Race in Journal of Social Philosophy, Wiley Online Library
  • Gundelach, Peter (2012): Klimaets Sociale Tilstand, Aarhus Universitetsforlag.
  • Hoff, Jens & Strobel, Bjarne W. (2013): A Municipal ‘Climate Revolution’? The Shaping of Local Climate Change Policies. In Transdisciplinary Environmental Studies, vol.12, no.1 INTRO Politology
  • Hoff, Jens & Quentin Gausset. (ed.) (2015). Community Governance and Citizen-Driven Initiatives in Climate Change Mitigation. London & New York: Routledge.
  • Irwin, Alan (2001): Sociology and the Environment.
  • Jasanoff, Sheila (2010).  A New Climate for Society. In Theory, Culture & Society 27:233-254. SOCIOLOGY

  • Marres, Noortje (2011): The Costs of Public Involvement: Everyday Devices of Carbon Accounting and the Materialization of Participation. In Economy and Society, 40:4, pp. 510-533. SOCIOLOGY
  • Whitmarsch, Lorraine, Saffron O’Neill and Irene Lorenzoni (2011): Engaging the Public with Climate Change: Behaviour Change and Communication, London: Earthscan. (pp. 1-30, 270-282).


  • Becker, Christian U. (2012): Sustainability Ethics and Sustainability Research, Springer.
  • Gjerris, Mickey (2014):  The willed blindness of humans: animal welfare and beyond in Journal of Agricultural and Environmental ethics (Online first)
  • Gjerris, M & Gaiani, S (2013): Household food waste in Nordic countries. Estimations and ethical implications in Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics 7: 1, p. 6-23.
  • Ololade, Olusola O. and Harold J. Annegarn (2013): Contrasting community and corporate perceptions of sustainability: A case study within the platinum mining region of South Africa in Resources Policy, Volume 38, Issue 4, December 2013, Pages 568–576. (This article is recommended for the way in which sociologists examine perceptions of sustainability)
  • Peloza, John (2012): Sustainability: How Stakeholder Perceptions Differ from Corporate Reality, in California Management Review, vol 55, issue 1.
  • Wolf, Jakob (2012): Det ubevæbnede øje – essays om fænomenologi, videnskab, økologi og teologi, Forlaget Anis.

Theology and religion:

  • Herbener, Jens-André (2015): Naturen er Hellig; Klimakatastrofe og religion, Informations Forlag. In Danish.

  • Jensen, Ole (2011): På kant med klodens klima - Om behovet for et ændret natursyn, Forlaget Anis. In Danish.

  • McFague, Sallie (2008): A New Climate: God, the World, and Global Warming, Fortress Press.
  • Northcott, Michael & Peter M. Scott eds. (2014, june): Systematic Theology & Climate Change: Ecumenical Perspectives, Routledge.
  • Northcott, Michael (2013): A Political Theology of Climate Change, Eerdmans.
  • Northcott, Michael (2007): A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Climate Change, Longman, Darton, and Todd.

  • Wolf, Jakob (2012): Det ubevæbnede øje, Forlaget ANIS.

The economic angle:

  • Antal, M., & van den Bergh, J. C. J. M. (2013): Macroeconomics, financial crisis and the environment: Strategies for a sustainability transition. In Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 6, 47–66.

  • Barbier, Edward (2014): Account for depreciation of natural capital - comment in Nature Economics, Nov. 6. vol. 515, p. 32-33.
  • Costanza, Robert, (2014): An Introduction to Ecological Economics, Second Edition, second edition, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis.
  • Sustainable Development Commission (2009): Prosperity without growth. The transition to a sustainable economy.

The health angle:

Food research:

  • Appetite - Multidisciplinary research on eating and drinking, ELSEVIER
  • British Food Journal - An international multi-disciplinary journal for the dissemination of food-related research, Emerald Group Publishing

The Natural Sciences angle:

  • Bennett, J. (1976): The Ecological transition, Pergamon Press
  • Clark, W.C. & Dickson, N.M. (2003): Sustainability Science: The emerging research program. PNAS 100 (14) 8059-8061
  • Folke, C. et al. (2002): Resilience and Sustainable Development: Building Adaptive Capacity in a World of Transformations. Ambio 31 (5): 437-440
  • Lambin, E.F., and Meyfroidt, P. (2011): Global land use change, economic globalization, and the looming land scarcity. PNAS 108(9): 3465–3472.
  • Pimm, S.L. (2014): The biodiversity of species and their rates of extinction, distribution, and protection in Science, Vol. 344 no. 6187.

Planetary Boundaries:

  • Steffen, Will (2015): Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet, in Sciencexpress, january 2015.

Ecosystem Services:

  • Costanza, Robert (2014): Changes in the global value of ecosystem services, in Global Environmental Change,Volume 26, May 2014, Pages 152–158.

Life Cycle Assessment - LCA:

  • Environmental Assessment of Products vol. 1

  • Environmental Assessment of Products vol 2.

  • Life Cycle Assessment. Part 1: Framework, goal and scope definitions, interventory analyses and application, Rebitzer et al 2004

  • Life cycle assessment part 2: Current impact assessment practice Pennington et al 2004

  • Saxe, H. (2011): Diet as a healthy and cost-effective instrument in environmental protection in Encyclopaedia of Environmental Health, pp. 70-82. Elsevier Press. ISBN (print) 978-0-444-52272-6.

  • Saxe H, Larsen TM, Mogensen L. (2013): Two healthy Nordic diets reduce the impact on climatic change of eating and drinking in Climatic Change 116: 249-262. Online May 2012: DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0495-4.

  • Saxe H og Adler-Nissen J. (2013): Miljøpåvirkninger af importerede økologiske fødevarer: Frugt, grønt og ost. IFRO Rapport nr. 223. GOD APPETITVÆKKER!

Arctic systems

  • Sejersen F. (2015). Rethinking Greenland and the Arctic in the Era of Climate Change: New Northern Horizons. London & New York: Routledge.

Crosscutting Journals

Sustainability, Economics, Resources, Climate Change etc.

  • Climatic Change, Springer - covers Climate Change, research, negotiations, perceptions and much more.