GY468      Half Unit
Environment and Development: Sustainability, Technology and Business

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Eric Neumayer S503 and Dr Richard Perkins S413


This course is available on the MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies and MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students who have not completed a course in first year undergraduate level Economics might find it useful to audit EC100 Economics A.

Course content

Environment-economy linkages and the concept of sustainable economic development; The 'source'-side: Resource availability for sustained economic growth; The 'sink'-side: Economic growth and the environment; Trade, investment and the environment; Measuring progress towards sustainability: Genuine Savings (GS), the Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW) and the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI); Technological lock-in, innovation and system transformation; Corporate social responsibility: Drivers, strategy and outcomes.


15 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.

Indicative reading

E Neumayer, Weak versus Strong Sustainability: Exploring the Limits of Two Opposing Paradigms, 4th edn, Edward Elgar, 2013; E Neumayer, Greening Trade and Investment: Environmental Protection without Protectionism, Earthscan, 2001; M Blowfield and A Murray, Corporate Responsibility: A Critical Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2011.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2012/13: 20

Average class size 2012/13: 7

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Communication