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Social Capital and Sustainable Development: An International Study

Funding: 2003: $4,200
2004: $5,200

Project Member(s): Onyx, J.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage International)

Start year: 2003

Summary: A collaborative international study of social capital and sustainability in local communities will address the following objectives: 1. to characterize the properties of networks that generate social capital and of network formation; and 2. to analyze the mechanisms by which social capital contributes to sustainable development. The project will involve intensive comparative case studies of five communities, three in Canada and two in Australia. Within each case community, an intensive qualitative and quantitative analysis will be conducted of the theorized mechanisms for the development of social capital and its mobilization for reconciliation of the ecological, economic and social imperatives required for sustainable development.


Edwards, M & Onyx, J 2007, 'Social capital and sustainability in a community under threat', Local Environment, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 17-30.
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Onyx, J & Osburn, LG 2005, 'Social Capital and Sustainable Development: The Case of Broken Hill' in Dale, A & Onyx, J (eds), A Dynamic Balance: Social Capital and Sustainable Community Development, University of British Columbia Press, Canada, pp. 176-192.

Keywords: social capital, sustainability, collaborative research, community development, rural renewal, third sector,

FOR Codes: Public Policy, Social Policy and Planning, Urban Sociology and Community Studies, Other social development and community services, Consumption patterns, population issues and the environment, Social Policy, Consumption Patterns, Population Issues and the Environment