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Technology, Society and Sustainability

Selected Concepts, Issues and Cases

  • Lech W. Zacher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Technological Developments—Civilization—Policies

  3. Some Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Anurag Kumar Srivastava, Sangeeta Sharma
      Pages 83-97
    3. Nonja Peters, Dora Marinova, Marijke van Faassen, Glen Stasiuk
      Pages 107-114
  4. Impacts on Societies

  5. Technology Evaluations and Policies

About this book


This collection is a multidisciplinary and multicultural contribution to the current sustainability discourse. It is focused on two main dimensions of our world: complexity and diversity. Desirable and urgent transition of socio-technological systems toward a sustainability trajectory of development requires a better understanding of technological trends and social transformations. General advancement of technology does not produce identical changes in various societies, differentiated economically and culturally. Moreover, the abilities to approach sustainable development change over time and space. As a result there is a constant need for continuing research, analyses, and discussions concerning changing contexts and adequacy of strategies and policies. Authors from twelve countries and of different academic and cultural settings present their insights, analyses and recommendations. The collection is focused both on contexts and on activities leading to sustainable trajectories in various domains of economy and social life.

Continuing research and discussion is needed to better understand these challenges and to prepare the appropriate strategies and solutions. Development of socio-technological systems is nowadays very complex; moreover, the world we live in is extremely diverse. Therefore, sustainability discourse must be ongoing, introducing new ideas, concepts, theories, evidence and experience by various parties—academics, professionals, and practitioners.


Technological Development Social Impacts of Technology Technology Assessment Approaches to Sustainability Sustainability in Practice Sustainability and Business

Editors and affiliations

  • Lech W. Zacher
    • 1
  1. 1.Kozminski UniversityWarsawPoland

About the editors

Prof. Lech W. ZACHER is an economist, sociologist and futurist. He is Director of the Center of Impact Assessment Studies and Forecasting at the Kozminski University in Warsaw, where he also is a member of the Chair of Social Science. He is a member of the Futures Research Committee “Poland 2000 Plus” at the Presidium of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He is the Vice-Chairman of the Polish Association for Technology Assessment, and the Founder and President of the Educational Foundation TRANSFORMATIONS and Editor-in-Chief of its interdisciplinary journal “Transformations” (published also in English). He is a member of several scientific societies (e.g. International Sociological Association, European Assoc. for the Study of Science and Technology).

L. W. Zacher is the author, co-author and editor of more than thirty books and of three hundred articles (more than a hundred in English) concerning science-technology-society problematics, information/knowledge society, globalization and the future.

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