Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Social Engagement Aspects of Sustainability

  • Luana Dandara Barreto TorresEmail author
  • Gabriela Farias Asmus
  • Sônia Regina da Cal Seixas
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_31


The concept of sustainable development was first introduced in the United Nations’ “Brundtland” Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future (1987), reported as the ability to achieve economic growth meeting the present generation’s needs without compromising the future generations’ capacity to fulfill their own needs. This concept is based on principals of effective resource management aligned with social organization, with the purpose to mitigate the negative effects of human activities on the biosphere. Social engagement plays an important role in pursuing this goal, once some of the key motivators towards environmental preservation are mediated mainly by the extent of human connection with nature, built through communication, knowledge, and behavior (Thomsen 2015). Those are important components of Social-Ecological Systems (SES), which refer to the relationship of humans and the environment within a scope where social and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luana Dandara Barreto Torres
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gabriela Farias Asmus
    • 2
  • Sônia Regina da Cal Seixas
    • 3
  1. 1.Federal University of ABC (UFABC)Santo AndréBrazil
  2. 2.Center for Engineering, Modeling and Applied Social Sciences (CECS)Federal University of ABC (UFABC)Santo AndréBrazil
  3. 3.Center for Environmental Studies and Research, NEPAMState University of Campinas, UNICAMP, CampinasSão PauloBrazil

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil