Nature matters: Systems thinking and experts
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Nature matters: Systems thinking and experts


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Box 7: Rigour, Respect, Responsibility: A Universal Ethical Code for Scientists. Crown Copyright material is reproduced under Class Licence Number C01W0000065 with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen’s Printer for Scotland

Table 2 ‘Ethical consumerism in the UK, 2005-2006’ © The Co-operative Bank

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The material below is contained in Reynolds, M., Blackmore, C. and Smith, Mark, J (eds) (2009): The Environmental Responsibility Reader, published by The Open University in association with Zed Books Limited, © The Open University 2009, compilation, original and editorial material.

Chapter 11: Ronald Moore, ‘The Framing Paradox’ in Ethics, Place and Environment, 9(3), 249-67, 2006. Reproduced by permission of the author.

Chapter 12a: extract from the Web of Life by Fritjof Capra, copyright © 1996 by Fritjof Capra.

Chapter 12b: extract from The Hidden Connections: Integrating the Biological, Cognitive and Social Dimension of Life into a Science of Sustainability by Fritjof Capra, copyright © 2002 by Fritjof Capra.

Chapter 12c: From Ulrich Werner, ‘Can We Secure Future-responsive Management Through Systems Thinking and Design?”, Interfactes, 24(4), 1994, 26-37. Copyright 1994, the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), 7240 Parkway Drive, Suite 300, Hanover, MD 21076, USA.

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Chapter 14: extract from S. Visvanathan, ‘Knowledge, Justice and Democracy’ in Science and Citizens: Globalization and the Challence of Engagement, Melissa Leach, Ian Scoones and Brian Wynne (eds), Zed Books, 2005.

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