Figuring rural development : concepts and cases of land use, sustainability and integrative indicators

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Figuring rural development : concepts and cases of land use, sustainability and integrative indicators

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Figuring rural development : concepts and cases of land use, sustainability and integrative indicators
Author: Hobbes, Marieke
Publisher: Leiden University Press
Issue Date: 2010-03-04
Keywords: Actor-based
Ecological economics
Environment
Food security
Freely Disposable Time (FDT)
Land use change
Livelihoods
Material Flow Accounting, (MFA)
Poverty
Rural development
Abstract: Sustainable economic development is essential for hundreds of millions of poor households in rural areas. This book represents a merger of environmental science and rural development economics. It elucidates the linkage between rational choice theory and theories on land use change. It builds a quantitative framework to connect the environmental method of Material Flow Analysis to basic issues of rural development such as agricultural intensification and food security. And finally, it develops a unique measuring rod of wealth and poverty called Freely Disposable Time, which integrates time and cash flows of households. With this indicator, we can quantify the much-cherished concepts of freedoms and development capacity. Along the way, the book provides critical discussions on ‘standard’ Material Flow Analysis, systems versus actor-based approaches, and the oversupply of inductive studies in land use and development science. Empirical data are drawn from the Philippines, Vietnam, India, Laos and the Netherlands, in a comparative perspective.
Description: Promotor: G.R. de Snoo, Co-promotor: E. van der Voet
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Citation: Hobbes, M., 2010, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789087280789
9789048512676-e ISBN
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/15036
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