Enhancing emancipatory systems methodologies for sustainable development

Maru, Y. and Woodford, K. B. (2001) Enhancing emancipatory systems methodologies for sustainable development. Systems Practice and Action Research, 14 1: 61-77. doi:10.1023/A:1009535710891

Author Maru, Y.
Woodford, K. B.
Title Enhancing emancipatory systems methodologies for sustainable development
Journal name Systems Practice and Action Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1094-429X
Publication date 2001-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1023/A:1009535710891
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 61
End page 77
Total pages 17
Editor R. Flood
Place of publication New York
Publisher Plenum Publishing
Language eng
Subject CX
300903 Sustainable Development
760203 Rights to environmental and natural resources
Abstract Our interest lies in applying the principles of critical systems thinking to human activity systems in developing countries in situations where issues of natural resource sustainability constrain the feasible set of long-term strategies. The concept of sustainable development provides an expanded domain for critical systems thinking. The fundamental values underpinning sustainable development are that both intragenerational and intergenerational equity are important. As a consequence, key stakeholders are often excluded from power-sharing within current social systems. Addressing these issues requires renewed focus on emancipatory commitment and methodologies. To date, Ulrich's critical systems heuristics is the only critical systems methodology that offers practicable tools for emancipation. A case study analysis in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, provides insights in relation to the application of critical system heuristics to issues of sustainable development and highlights the need to extend the use of critical systems heuristics beyond the design and monitoring of structured interventions.
Keyword Critical systems
Critical systems heuristics
Emancipation; Ethiopia
Sustainable development
Q-Index Code CX

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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