Revisiting Sustainable Development: Russian Cultural and Scientific Traditions and the Concept of Sustainable Development

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The World Summit on Sustainable Development (26 August-4 September 2002), held in Johannesburg on the tenth anniversary of the first Earth Summit, provides the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of the sustainable development concept. This paper uses the case study of the Russian Federation to explore the relationship between official interpretations of sustainable development and alternative understandings concerned with the betterment of humankind, which draw on Russia's cultural and scientific heritage. It is suggested that there is much to be gained from reopening the sustainable development debate to incorporate such cultural particularities, both at the national and international levels.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-400
Number of pages10
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002


  • environment, sustainable development, history of science, Russia, heritage, culture