“Sustainability assessment index: a strong sustainability approach to measure sustainable human development” article by Dr. Prerna Jain, Associate Professor at Jaipuria, Jaipur co authored with Dr. Pragati Jain, Asst. Professor at Manipal University, Jaipurpublished in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND WORLD ECOLOGY, 2013 published by world renowned publisher Taylor and Francis. Jaipuria Institutes of Management faculty regularly publishes their work in reputed refereed national and international journals.

It is a proud moment for Jaipuria, Jaipur as the work of Dr. Prerna Jain, Associate Professor at Jaipuria, Jaipurco authored with Dr. Pragati Jain, Asst. Professor at Manipal University, Jaipuron “Sustainability assessment index: a strong sustainability approach to measure sustainable human development”has found its space in International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, 2013, published by world renowned publisher Taylor and Francis.

Sustainability assessment index: a strong sustainability approach to measure sustainable human development

Pragati Jaina and Prerna Jain

Department of Economics, Manipal University, Jaipur, India;

Department of Economics, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur, India

Abstract

This article emphasizes the need for an alternative index which considers sustainability of human development and formulatesan index based on strong sustainability. The strong sustainability notion underlines the need for sustaining naturalcapital resembling ecological footprints and is superior to a weak sustainability criterion since natural capital cannot besubstitutable to a wider extent for fostering sustainable human development. The Ecological Footprint Biocapacity Index(EFBI) constructed is used in formulating Sustainable Human Development Index (SHDI) along with the other componentsof UNDP HDI. A comparative analysis has been made to justify the Sustainability Assessment Index as an appropriateindex than other available indices. Statistics applied on the UNDP HDI and the Sustainable HDI shows significant differencebetween the two. The goal is to logically justify the need for a suitable index which can capture human development in termsof its sustainability.

Keywords: sustainable human development; ecological footprints; strong sustainability; weak sustainability; biocapacity

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