The project develops an integrated interdisciplinary model for assessing the socio-environmental transformations in the technological, institutional and political spheres according to the international standards of a ‘sustainable’ city. The complexity of the model is achieved by comparing the perspectives of different groups of stakeholders with objective indicators of social and environmental domains of the territory and experts’ assessment. We understand city as ‘socio-bio-technical system’ – the urban open systems of nonlinear relations and the interaction of technical, natural and social components as the processes of metabolic transformations. As a part of the project, based on the Russia’s context we are analyzing sustainability transitions in energy efficiency, waste management, sustainable transport and mobility, sustainable food systems, environmental activism, environmental consumption and lifestyles. The project is funded by Russian Science Foundation for the period of 2017-2020, and brings together academics from Kazan Federal University, Institute of Sociology in Moscow, University of Birmingham.
Ermolaeva P.O., Yanitsky O.N., Kuztensova I.B., Ermolaeva Y.V., Basheva O.A. Sustainability-Through-Changes of the Russian cities: theoretical reflections. Monitoring of the Public Opinion (accepted for publication in March 2019)