Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Whole-Systems Approach to Sustainability

  • John MotlochEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_401

Three entries in this encyclopedia serve as a trilogy that interconnects co-design, sustainable development, complex systems, and a whole-systems approach to sustainability. This entry helps build a whole-systems understanding of sustainability. Another entry of the trilogy – Complex Systems and Sustainable Development – addresses complex systems (using a complexity theory approach) and the relationship of complexity and sustainable development. The other entry of the trilogy – Co-Design Methods and Sustainable Development – focuses on the ongoing transformations in design methods and sustainable development.

Definition of Whole-Systems Approach

This entry introduces and defines a whole-systems approach to sustainability as viewed through the perspective of complex adaptive systems. Looking through this lens, a whole-systems approach appreciates the co-adapted relationships existing among the entities that constitute these systems, including both physical and behavioral co-adaptation....

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education, Sustainability and TransformationSterlingUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Pinar Gökçin Özuyar
    • 1
  1. 1.Ozyegin UniversityOzyeginTurkey