Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How Is the Concept of Flourishing Centrally Compelling in a Move toward Sustainability? A Case Study of the Aeolian Islands
by Roe, Sara Hill, Ph.D., California Institute of Integral Studies, 2017, 181; 10684814
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation explores the role of the concept of flourishing as it moves toward sustainability by examining a theoretical case study of the Aeolian Islands, and in particular, the island of Lipari. Lipari is challenged by four core problems: lack of potable water, lack of collaboration on policymaking, lack of a shared vision, and lack of a sustainable economy. Each core problem is evaluated as a set of complex and interrelated systems. Through this analysis, the leading qualities associated with a flourishing society are explored to determine the potential levers that would be most effective in shifting the islands from unsustainable to sustainably flourishing. Using the framework of complexity, this paper integrates a variety of fields such as ecology, economics, public policy, and sociology in developing a more comprehensive definition of the concept of sustainable flourishing.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wells, Jennifer
Commitee: Gembillo, Giuseppe, Montuori, Alfonso
School: California Institute of Integral Studies
Department: Transformative Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: European Studies, Economics, Sociology, Sustainability
Keywords: Aeolian Islands, Community agency, Complexity, Flourishing, Italy
Publication Number: 10684814
ISBN: 978-0-355-65436-3
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