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The Bookshelf


A selection of recommended readings to broaden and deepen your knowledge of Global Sustainable Development. If you'd like to recommend a reading for this page, please get in touch with us.

"Invisible Women shows us how, in a world largely built for and by men, we are systematically ignoring half the population. It exposes the gender data gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on womens lives."

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Book cover of 'Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race'

"Exploring everything from eradicated black history to the inextricable link between class and race, Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to understand race relations in Britain today."

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"In this wide-ranging and original book, James C. Scott analyses failed cases of large-scale authoritarian plans in a variety of fields. In Seeing Like a State he argues that centrally managed social plans derail when they impose schematic visions that do violence to complex interdependencies that are not - and cannot be - fully understood."

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Take Back The Economy

Gibson-Graham, Cameron, and Healy explore how, in the wake of the financial crisis, people can implement small-scale changes in their own lives to create ethical economies. Find it in the Library.

Pursuing Sustainability

Matson, Clark, and Andersson provide students and practitioners with a strategic framework for linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable development. Find it in the Library.

Big World Small Planet

Rockström and Klum reject the notion that economic growth and human prosperity can only be achieved at the expense of the environment. They contend that we have unprecedented opportunities to navigate a “good Anthropocene.” Find it in the Library.


Evershed and Temple uncoverhow food adulteration spans the globe and how consumers pay the ultimate price for this fraud. Find it in the Library.

Environmental Social Science

Emile Moran provides the foundation for a new cross-disciplinary enterprise that will make critical theories and research methods accessible across the natural and social sciences. Find it in the Library.

Introdution to Sustainable Development

Jennifer Elliott emphasises the global challenges of sustainable development with an understanding of inter-linked crises in climate, energy, economy, poverty and social injustice. Find it in the Library.

Book cover of 'Our Daily Poison'

Marie-Monique Robin reveals how a toxic mix of corporate interests and public ignorance about invisible poisons may be costing us our lives.

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Book Cover of 'More Human'

Steve Hilton - this book is a manifesto and call to action for a more local, more accountable and more human way of living.

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Book cover of 'The Power of Just Doing Stuff'

Rob Hopkins utilises real world examples of sustainable practices on a local level in this call to arms for a sustainable future.

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Book cover of 'Me and White Supremacy'

"Me and White Supremacy leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and People of Color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too."

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Book Cover of 'Strategy and Sustainability'

Mike Rosenberg encourages readers to move beyond the hype and takes a pro-business, fact based point of view, recognizing the complexity of the issues at hand and the strategic choices businesses can make.

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Book cover of '  Social and solidarity economy : beyond the fringe'

Peter Utting brings together field leading researchers to discuss the "social and solidarity economy" through theoretical and applied analysis.

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"When asked simple questions about global trends, we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, Professor of International Health Hans Rosling - together with his two long-time collaborators Anna and Ola - offers a radical new explanation of why this happens, and reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective."

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