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Author Tian, Qing,
Title Rural sustainability : a complex systems approach to policy analysis / Qing Tian.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, 2017.

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Author Tian, Qing,
Series SpringerBriefs in geography.
SpringerBriefs in geography.
Subject Rural development -- China.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Alt Name Ohio Library and Information Network.
Description 1 online resource.
Contents Preface; Introduction; Rural Development in the Context of Climate Variability (and Change); Abstract; Contents; Chapter 1: Complex Adaptive Systems and a Sustainability Framework; 1.1 The Science of Complexity and Sustainability of Human-ƯEnvironment Systems; 1.2 A Sustainability Framework for Policy Analysis; 1.3 Potential Usefulness of the Sustainability Framework; 1.4 Implementation of the Sustainability Framework; 1.4.1 Assessing Well-Being; 1.4.2 Analyzing the Complex Processes Underlying Well-Being; 1.4.3 Exploring Future Paths of the System; 1.5 Looking Ahead; References.
Chapter 2: Rural Development in the Poyang Lake Region amid Floods2.1 The Dynamic Human-Environment System around Poyang Lake; 2.2 Broader Development and Policy Context in China; References; Chapter 3: Assessing Human Well-Being in the Poyang Lake Region; 3.1 Mapping Flood Risk; 3.2 Measuring Well-Being at the Township Level; 3.3 Assessment Results; 3.4 Implications for Future Development and Policy Interventions; 3.5 Conclusions; References; Chapter 4: Understanding the Complex Processes Underlying Well-Being of Rural Households.
4.1 Micro- and Macro-level Processes Affecting Rural Livelihoods4.2 Measuring Well-Being of Rural Households; 4.3 Household Surveys and Interviews; 4.4 The Use of Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses; 4.5 Results; 4.5.1 Differences among Villages and Local Social, Environmental Factors; 4.5.2 Low-Income Households; 4.5.3 High-Income Households and Successful Livelihood Strategies; 4.5.4 Most Households and Constraints on Rural Livelihoods; 4.5.5 Sensitivity to Flooding and Inequality in Flood Impacts; 4.6 Reflections on Policy; 4.6.1 Urbanization and Rural Development.
4.6.2 Flood Impacts and Equitable, Sustainable Development4.7 Conclusions; References; Chapter 5: Exploring Future Rural Development in the Poyang Lake Region; 5.1 Modeling Future Rural Development; 5.1.1 Shaping the Future: Three Different Subsidy Policies; 5.1.2 Plausible Economic and Environmental Shocks and Resilience of Rural Development; 5.2 Model Conceptualization: Entities, Interactions, and Feedbacks; 5.3 Empirical Data Used in the Model; 5.4 Model Design and Implementation; 5.4.1 Agents: Farmer Households; 5.4.2 Land Rental Market; 5.4.3 Migratory Work Efficiency Function.
5.4.4 Rice Yield Functions5.4.5 Major Model Parameters and Model Initialization; 5.5 Model Verification and Validation; 5.6 Effects of Subsidy Policies at Different Stages of Development; 5.6.1 Model Experiments for Exploring the Effects of Policies; 5.6.2 Future Development in Villages with Poor, Average, and Good Farmland; 5.6.3 Policy Effects in Villages with Poor, Average, and Good Farmland; 5.6.4 Differentiating Policy Interventions across Villages and Adaptive Policy; 5.7 Resilience of Rural Development; 5.7.1 Potential Effects of Severe Floods.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary This volume applies the science of complexity to study coupled human-environment systems (CHES) and integrates ideas from the social sciences of climate change into a study of rural development amid flooding and urbanization in the Poyang Lake Region (PLR) of China. Author Qing Tian operationalizes the concept of sustainability and provides useful scientific analyses for sustainable development in less developed rural areas that are vulnerable to climatic hazards. The book uses a new sustainability framework that is centered on the concept of well-being to study rural development in PLR. The PLR study includes three major analyses: (1) a regional assessment of human well-being; (2) an empirical analysis of rural livelihoods; and (3) an agent-based computer model used to explore future rural development. These analyses provide a meaningful view of human development in the Poyang Lake Region and illustrate some of the complex local- and macro-level processes that shape the livelihoods of rural households in the dynamic process of urbanization. They generate useful insights about how government policy might effectively improve the well-being of rural households and promote sustainable development amid social, economic, and environmental changes. This case study has broader implications. Rural populations in the developing world are disproportionally affected by extreme climate events and climate change. Furthermore, the livelihoods of rural households in the developing world are increasingly under the influences of macro-level forces amid urbanization and globalization. This case study demonstrates that rural development policies must consider broader development dynamics at the national (and even global) level, as well as specific local social and environmental contexts. By treating climate as one of many factors that affect development in such places, we can provide policy recommendations that synergistically promote development and reduce climatic impacts and therefore facilitate mainstreaming climate adaptation into development.
Access Available to OhioLINK libraries.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed June 6, 2017).
ISBN 9783319526850 (electronic bk.)
3319526855 (electronic bk.)
9783319526843 (print)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-52685-0
OCLC # 987911210
Additional Format Printed edition: 9783319526843.