Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

“Deep” or “Strong” Sustainability

  • Renata BuritiEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_503



Sustainable development has been described as “development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own demands” (WCED 1987). This conceptualization as presented in the report Our Common Future (ibid.), has been widely used as a standard definition (Barr 2008). It is the result of efforts to integrate social, economic, and environmental considerations into a new concept of development as a response to ideas of progress and growth which gained popularity in the 1970s. (See Du Pisani (2006) for a historical overview of the concept.) Under this rationale, sustainable development should allow for poverty alleviation and inequality reduction while ensuring intra- and intergenerational equity. Accordingly, future generations should be entitled to the same level of social and economic opportunities as available for present...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and SubtropicsTH Köln/University of Applied SciencesCologneGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ulisses Azeiteiro
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AveiroAveiroPortugal