Ecological footprint and regional sustainability: a review of methodologies and results

Uddin, Gazi A. and Alam, Khorshed and Gow, Jeff (2013) Ecological footprint and regional sustainability: a review of methodologies and results. In: 37th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI 2013): Regions that Work: Research, Practice and Policy, 3-6 Dec 2013, Hervey Bay, Australia.


The method of ecological footprint describes an area-based resource accounting tool and has been used in different regions and countries to assess sustainability. This paper reviews published studies that measure regional sustainability based on the Ecological Footprint and Stochastic Impacts by Regression on Population, Affluence & Technology methods. Literature searches in different on-line data bases using various criteria were used. Articles were categorized by the nature of each study, the degree of analysis, and the geographical location of each study. Forty-nine studies satisfied the inclusion criteria. The majority of the studies considered only environmental indicators. Two other indicators (social and economic) were rarely covered. Other issues that explain the variation in the results included methodological choices, unproductive land areas, production and imported commodities. This paper highlights the three main indicators used to measure regional sustainability as well the key issues not fully addressed in the literature.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © The authors 2013. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2014 12:41
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2015 06:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecological footprint; ecological capacity; equivalence factors; regional sustainability; yield factors; STIRPAT
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160305 Population Trends and Policies
06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060207 Population Ecology
14 Economics > 1499 Other Economics > 149902 Ecological Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960702 Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment
B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics

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