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Sustainable Development Norms

Sustainable development is an integral part of governance today and the regulation and use of various regulatory tools towards achieving sustainability objectives is an important research area.

Sustainable development, originating from the discussions initiated at the United Nations Conference on Human Environment, held between June 5–16, 1972, in Stockholm and the World Commission on Environment and Development publication from 1987 ”Our Common Future”, is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Sustainable development involves ecological, social and economic sustainability, where all perspectives play a vital role and particularly in combination to obtain a holistic perspective.

In sociology of law, the study of legal, social, professional and other norms is used to understand the regulation and implementation of sustainable development in society.

At the department the current research areas within the sustainable development cluster include, but are not limited to:


Sustainable development and Sociology of Law

Prof. Håkan Hydén

Hydén, Håkan, and Marie Appelstrand. 1998. Rättssociologiska perspektiv på hållbar utveckling / Håkan Hydén (red.) ; med bidrag av Marie Appelstrand .. n.p.: Lund : Univ., Sociology of Law, 1998, 1998. Library catalogue (Lovisa), EBSCOhost (accessed May 6, 2014).

Education for Sustainable Development

PhD Ulf Leo, Prof. Per Wickenberg

Leo, Ulf, and Per Wickenberg. "Professional norms in school leadership: Change efforts in implementation of education for sustainable development." Journal Of Educational Change 14, no. 4 (November 2013): 403. Publisher Provided Full Text Searching File, EBSCOhost (accessed May 6, 2014).
Wickenberg, Per, and Ulf Leo. “One Step Forward and One Step Back

State regulation of environment and sustainable development through the use of the Education Act, school curricula and syllabuses.” (Forthcoming, Baltic Environment)

Sustainable Public Procurement

PhD Lina Wedin Hansson

Wedin, L., 2009. Going Green: A Study of Public Procurement Regulation. Lund Studies in Sociology of Law 32. Avhandling. Lunds Universitet.

Sustainable Development and Legal Empowerment

PhD candidate, Ana-Maria Vargas Falla

Vargas, A. M. (2013). Legal and Social Norms for Development: Why Legal Reform of the Informal Economy Failed to Influence Vulnerable Groups in Developing Countries Social and Legal Norms. M. Baier, Ashgate.

Public Transport in Cities

Post doc Julija Naujekaite

Aiming to understand governance challenges in public transport in cities and how transport system can be improved from multi-level governance and socio-legal perspectives. The background of the research is the implementation of the Kyoto obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Transport emissions create the largest impact on climate change after energy sector. Respectively new thinking as well as new carbon technology solutions should be implemented.

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