New Directions in Sustainability and Society (NDSS)
ASU’s School of Sustainability, established in 2006, is the first school in the United States dedicated to exploring the principles of sustainability. The Amerind Foundation is a private, nonprofit archaeological research institution, museum, gallery and education program. In 2013, these two institutions came together to partner in a book series for Cambridge University Press titled New Directions in Sustainability and Society (NDSS).
New Directions Sustainability and Society explores two “new directions” in sustainability studies that have become the hallmarks of the series, 1) past earth histories and vibrant human futures and 2) just and sustainable societies.
1) Past Earth Histories and Vibrant Human Futures
Titles in the past earth histories and vibrant human futures stream emerge out of anthropology and archeology approaches that aim to draw forward lessons on environmental and cultural heritage and resilience to see what lessons may be applied to the 21st century challenge of a planet undergoing dramatic, game changing regime shifts.
2) Just and Sustainable Societies
Titles in the just and sustainable societies stream demonstrate that sustainability research requires engagement with a wide range of fields that merge across the humanities, social sciences, applied sciences, natural sciences, archaeology and ancient history. They discuss possibilities for motivating individual and societal behavior change in ways that are guided by values, belief, and culture and reflection on ideology, politics, inequities and material realities.