Our sustainable literature recommendations for this month

Tourism in the green economy
By Maharaj Vijay Reddy (ed.), Keith Wilkes (ed.)

Hardcover: 388 pages, £85.00
ISBN: 0415709210
Publisher: Routledge
Published: June 2015

The UN advocates creating a green economy to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the sustainable future, and the tourism sector can make a major contribution to the green economy through more sustainable practices, climate change mitigation and ecotourism. This book provides consensus about what the green economy entails and what role tourism can play in it, using case studies from around the world to demonstrate the extent of the challenge and range of opportunities for the tourism industry.

Peers Inc 
By Robin Chase

Paperback: 295 pages, £13.48
Publisher: Headline
Published: May 2015

Whether renting spare rooms via Airbnb, sending messages with WhatsApp or finding dates on Tinder, peers are using new web-enabled platforms to realise the potential of their excess capacity (their spare room, smartphones or free time) to create new ways to work and succeed. Robin Chase, co-founder of Zipcar, shows how so-called Peers Inc companies are unlocking the power of the collaborative economy, changing government and legacy companies and have the potential to help solve large scale social problems - from disappearing jobs to climate change.

Investing with impact: Why finance is a force for good 
By Jeremy Balkin 

Hardcover: 240 pages, £15.90
ISBN: 1629560588
Publisher: Bibliomotion
Published: June 2015

Dubbed the "Anti-Wolf of Wall Street," Balkin outlines the roadmap to reinvigorating a skeptical public and demoralised financial services industry by making the case that, contrary to popular misconception, finance is not the cause of the world's problems; in fact, it can provide the solution by positively influencing the allocation of capital. Investing With Impact explains the methodology of Balkin's 6 E Paradigm, which expands the impact investment universe, enabling mainstream capital to flow where opportunities generate positive investment returns and have demonstrable social impact.

Beyond GDP: National accounting in the age of resource depletion
By Matthew Kuperus Heun, Michael Carbajales-Dale and Becky Roselius Haney 

Hardcover: 232 pages, £90.00
ISBN: 3319128191
Publisher: Springer
Published: May 2015

This book uses the metaphor “the economy is society's metabolism” as a springboard to develop a rigorous theoretical framework for a better system of national accounts which goes “Beyond GDP” and is relevant to the age of resource depletion. This new accounting framework is derived from the laws of thermodynamics to reflect the fact that material and embodied energy accumulate within the capital stock of economic sectors.

Minimum wages, collective bargaining and economic development in Asia and Europe
By Maarten van Klaveren


Hardcover: 384 pages, £80.00
ISBN: 1137512407
Publisher: Palgrave
Published: June 2015

Demand or wage-led economic recovery is explored in this book as an alternative to the export-led strategies currently pursued by leading Asian and European countries. In light of the slow pace of recovery from recession in Europe, the renewed recession in Japan and the weakening growth rates of major Asian countries, this book provides a timely reconsideration of the macroeconomic policy options, and contributes to the wider debate over sustainable economic growth and income inequality.

Resettlement policy in large development projects
By Ryo Fujikura (ed.), Mikiyasu Nakayama (ed.)


Hardcover: 250 pages, £85.00
ISBN: 0415749972
Publisher: Routledge
Published: June 2015

Hydropower generation by construction of large dams attracts considerable attention as a feasible renewable energy source to meet the power demand in Asian cities. However, large development projects cause involuntary resettlement. Of the world’s forty to eighty million resettlers, many have been unable to rebuild their livelihood after relocation and have become impoverished. This book uniquely explores the long-term impacts of displacement and resettlement, showing that long-term post-project evaluation is necessary to assess the rehabilitation and livelihood reconstruction of resettlers after relocation.  

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