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Sustainability: A quantitative discourse analysis
Autori/Curatori: Sara Fabbrizzi, Filomena Maggino, Nicola Marinelli, Silvio Menghini, Cecilia Ricci, Sandro Sacchelli 
Anno di pubblicazione:  2017 Fascicolo: 1  Lingua: Inglese 
Numero pagine:  15 P. 11-25 Dimensione file:  210 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RISS2017-001003
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The objective of this paper is to analyze the evolution of the scientific discourse regarding sustainability. 40000 abstracts were extracted from the Science Direct search engine, using "sustainable" or "sustainability" as keywords. Several text analysis techniques were combined to examine the scientific literature. The results show how discourse analysis of sustainability in the pre-Rio period is mostly focused on agriculture with an ecological and environmental emphasis. Though the post-Rio phase is still strongly connected to environmental issues, it takes on a holistic dimension that brings to light the social dimension. The issues of energy, knowledge transfer and the sustainability of urban areas become focal points. Moreover, the scientific debate highlights the relevance of indicators in an as-sessment and planning approach.

L’obiettivo del presente lavoro è quello di analizzare l’evoluzione del dibattito scientifico internazionale relativamente al tema della sostenibilità. Dal motore di ricerca Science Direct sono stati estratti circa quarantamila abstracts, inserendo come parole chiave "sustainable" o "sustainability". Le varie tecniche di analisi testuale hanno consentito di evidenziare come nel periodo antecedente la Confe-renza di Rio la letteratura scientifica tratti temi principalmente legati all’agricoltura, adottando una visione ecologico-ambientale. Nel periodo post-Rio, il dibattito scientifico, seppur strettamente legato a tematiche ambientali, acquista una dimensione olistica che mette in luce un’area di interesse sociale. Le tematiche legate all’energia, al trasferimento di conoscenze e alla sostenibilità delle aree ur-bane diventano centrali, accompagnate dal ruolo sempre più importante degli indi-catori come strumenti di valutazione e pianificazione strategica.
Keywords: Sostenibilità, Conferenza di Rio, analisi testuale, analisi tematica, agricoltura, indicatori.

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Sara Fabbrizzi, Filomena Maggino, Nicola Marinelli, Silvio Menghini, Cecilia Ricci, Sandro Sacchelli, Sostenibilità: un’analisi quantitativa della letteratura in "RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA'" 1/2017, pp. 11-25, DOI:10.3280/RISS2017-001003


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