Jaqueline Haupt

Jaqueline Haupt is a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study of Social Change at the University of Western Australia. She is a civil engineer and has a Master’s degree in environmental engineering. Jaqueline has worked assessing environmental sanitation projects in Brazilian slums for the World Bank, coordinating plans for river water quality recovery with community committees and prospecting alternative water sources for the São Paulo Megalopolis, an urban area with 30 million people in Brazil.

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Unexpected connections: Income inequality and environmental degradation

Posted on 13 February 2012 by Jaqueline Haupt & Carmen Lawrence

Ensuring that natural resources are consumed and waste is produced at sustainable rates represent major contemporary challenges. Recognition of these challenges resulted in the endorsement in 2000 of environmental sustainability as one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015. However, by 2003 global rates of consumption and waste production were estimated to be at least 25% higher than the capacity of the planet to provide resources and absorb waste (Kitzes, et al., 2007) and this rate may have risen as high as 50% by 2007 (WWF, 2010). A vital aspect of achieving sustainability is widespread social change, yet the current theoretical knowledge of societal transformation processes is limited. In order to improve nations’ environmental performance, a better understanding of socioeconomic and behavioural forces driving such unsustainable development is required.

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