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dc.contributor.advisorWatson, Cate-
dc.contributor.advisorDrew, Valerie-
dc.contributor.authorErasmus, Ishani-
dc.description.abstractThe concept of sustainable development (SD) was a response to the detrimental impacts of economic growth on the ecosphere and on human society. There is now a wealth of evidence which shows that these impacts could lead to social-ecological collapse if the trajectory of societal development is not soon shifted. Bodies tasked with governing societies, including parliaments, could play an important role in such a transition. The Scottish Parliament’s role includes scrutiny of the Scottish Government and of proposed legislation. Shortly after it was first opened in 1999, it committed to integrating SD into scrutiny, but since then, progress has been limited, due to the lack of expert staff resource. My action research project was set up to build on initial work carried out to mainstream SD into scrutiny processes. This thesis is an account of my research, including historical research and practical interventions designed to integrate an SD perspective into various scrutiny processes. Three major themes are explored here. The first is the processes of change-making that can help to mainstream SD; the second, the concept of sustainable development thinking, which emerged through that change-making; and the third, the ways in which SD thinking can help to mitigate some of the weaknesses of parliamentary scrutiny. Interventions in these areas are analyzed through the lens of cultural-historical activity theory, to elucidate the processes of learning and change that occurred. A potentially confounding issue is also considered - the pervasive and much-deliberated problem of the definition and conceptualization of SD, which can frustrate efforts to realize it, and which is manifested in parliamentary discourse, and the resulting legislation. Perhaps the most important finding of this work is that SD thinking could help to mitigate or even resolve this problem, including in other settings.en_GB
dc.publisherUniversity of Stirlingen_GB
dc.publisherThe Scottish Parliamenten_GB
dc.subjectsustainable developmenten_GB
dc.subjectScottish Parliamenten_GB
dc.subjectScottish Governmenten_GB
dc.subjectaction researchen_GB
dc.subjectcultural-historical activity theoryen_GB
dc.subjectparticipant observationen_GB
dc.subjectsustainable development thinkingen_GB
dc.subjectparliamentary serviceen_GB
dc.subjectsustainable development impact assessmenten_GB
dc.subjectdiscursive toolen_GB
dc.subjectdecision makingen_GB
dc.subjectsocial equityen_GB
dc.subjectwellbeing economyen_GB
dc.subjectecological integrityen_GB
dc.subjectGross Domestic Producten_GB
dc.subjecteconomic growthen_GB
dc.subjectparliamentary committeesen_GB
dc.subjectactivity systemen_GB
dc.subjectshared objecten_GB
dc.titleSustainable Development Thinking: disrupting business as usualen_GB
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_GB
dc.type.qualificationnameDoctor of Philosophyen_GB
dc.contributor.funderScottish Parliamentary Corporate Bodyen_GB
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