Embracing the reality of biophysical limits to growth, this volume uses the technical tools from ecological economics to recast the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as Ecological Livelihood Goals – policy agendas and trajectories that seek to reconcile the social and spatial mobility and liberty of individuals, with both material security and ecological integrity.

Since the 1970s, mainstream approaches to sustainable development have sought to reconcile ecological constraints with modernization through much vaunted and seldom demonstrated strategies of ‘decoupling’ and ‘dematerialization’. In this context, the UN SDGs have become the orchestrating drivers of sustainability governance. However, biophysical limits are not so easily sidestepped. Building on an ecological- economic critique of mainstream economics and a historical- sociological understanding of state formation, this book explores the implications of ecological limits for modern progressive politics. Each chapter outlines leverage points for municipal engagement in local and regional contexts. Systems theory and community development perspectives are used to explore under- appreciated avenues for the kind of social and cultural change that would be necessary for any accommodation between modernity and ecological limits. Drawing on ideas from H.T. Odum, Herman Daly, Zigmunt Bauman, and many others, this book provides guiding research for a convergence between North and South that is bottom-up, household-centred, and predicated on a re- emerging domain of Livelihood. In each chapter, the authors provide recommendations for reconfiguring the UN’s SDGs as Ecological Livelihood Goals – a framework for sustainable development in an era of limits.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of ecological economics, socio- ecological systems, political economy, international and community development, global governance, and sustainable development.

part I|62 pages

Energy, complexity, and livelihood

chapter 1|15 pages


‘Me, myself, I’ and the political economy of the Sustainable Development Goals
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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chapter 2|19 pages

Energy and social complexity

A primer in ecological economics
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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chapter 3|12 pages

State, Market, and Livelihood

Ideology, politics, and political economy in an era of limits
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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chapter 4|14 pages

Core and periphery in the global economy

How does green politics in the ‘North’ relate to development in the Global South
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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part II|82 pages

Basic systems sustaining life

chapter 5|18 pages

Human culture and life on land and sea

Attachment and scale in ecology and society
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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chapter 6|18 pages

SDG 7 ‘Energy for all’

Ecological economic targets for an energy transition that centres well-being within planetary boundaries
ByRigo Melgar, Matthew Burke
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chapter 7|15 pages

Livelihood and limits

We can prosper without growth
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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chapter 8|16 pages

Wicked dilemmas of growth and poverty

A case study of agroecology
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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part III|65 pages

Life and well-being enhancing systems

chapter 10|19 pages

Education, Livelihood, and the State–Market

Towards radical subsidiarity
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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chapter 11|15 pages

Removing the burden

Valuation of the household and commons in the SDGs
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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chapter 12|11 pages

Are there environmental limits to achieving equality between humans?

ByJen Gobby, Samantha Mailhot, Rachel Ivey
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chapter 13|19 pages

A handmade future

Makers, microfabrication, and meaning for ecological and resilient production networks
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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part IV|75 pages

Politics and global partnerships

chapter 14|19 pages

Peace and justice within limits

Putting the pressure on geopolitics, development, and social cohesion
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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chapter 15|20 pages

Engaging economies of change

Equitable partnerships for climate action
BySophia Rose Sanniti, Sarah-Louise Ruder
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chapter 16|17 pages

A crisis of identity

The UN Sustainable Development Goals within an unsustainable law and governance framework
ByKathryn Gwiazdon
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chapter 17|18 pages


From ‘Sustainable Development Goals' to ‘Ecological Livelihood Goals'
ByKaitlin Kish, Stephen Quilley
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