David Samways

David Samways
The Journal of Population and Sustainability · NA

PhD

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Introduction
David Samways is editor of The Journal of Population and Sustainability - https://www.whp-journals.co.uk/JPS. My research interests centre around socio-technical practices and environmental sustainability. In particular, I am concerned with developing a Strong Sturcturationist approach to the relationship between values and social practices, and environmental change. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3341-8844
Additional affiliations
November 2015 - April 2021
Journal of Population and Sustainability
Position
  • Editor
Description
  • Founding editor of The Journal of Population and Sustainability (JP&S). The JP&S was established in 2016 by campaigning charity Population Matters as a forum to bring together scholars from diverse disciplines, stimulate discussion and further the development of research around the population-consumption-technology nexus. From 2022 the JP&S will be published by White Horse Press. It continues to be funded by Population Matters and remains entirely editorially independent.
October 1992 - December 1993
University of East Anglia
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Researching the historical emergence of the concept of environment.
October 1991 - June 1995
University of Essex
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Political Theory 2nd year core course.
Education
October 1990 - October 1995
University of Essex
Field of study
  • Environmental political theory
October 1986 - June 1989
University of Essex
Field of study
  • Government and Sociology

Publications

Publications (25)
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Sustainable population size is critically dependent on values. In this short piece I argue that ecologically enlightened anthropocentrism is at the heart of why addressing human numbers is inseperable from achieving good welfare for all within planetary boundaries.
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Anthropocentrism has been proposed as the underlying cause of modern society's environmental impact. Concomitantly, hunter-gatherers' orientation towards nature is connected with minimal environmental change or conservation, and seen as validating the idea that ‘what people do about their ecology depends upon what they think about themselves in rel...
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Special issue call for papers: Vulnerable populations: The role of population dynamics in climate change resilience and adaptation.
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At a high level of abstraction, causally connecting population growth and environmental degradation is intuitively appealing. However, while it is clear that population size is a critical factor in the size and power of social systems, and hence in environmental impact, the relationship between human numbers and environmental change is complex. In...
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Lynne White's 1967 thesis that Judeo-Christian anthropocentrism is the underlying cause of the modern environmental crisis arguably ignited the enduring conviction shared by many environmentalists that a change in values is the key to sustainability. This conviction has not been dampened by observations that in a wide variety of societies the orien...
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Contents: Disaster vulnerability by demographics? ILAN KELMAN Endangered species condoms: a social marketing tool for starting conversations about population SARAH BAILLIE, KELLEY DENNINGS & STEPHANIE FELDSTEIN Anticipating urbanization-led land cover change and its impact on local climate using time series model: a study on Dhaka city RIPAN DEB...
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Felling trees, furthering malaria: links between deforestation and disease in developing nations KELLY F. AUSTIN The impact of reproductive health services on armed conflict in Afghanistan STEWART BRITTEN AND WAHIDA PAIKAN Environment, poverty and the steady state economy THEODORE P. LIANOS Sustainability of equality: a paradox for democracy STEVEN...
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Review of Diana Coole's excellent discussion of human numbers, freedom and environmental degradation.
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Special issue of the Journal of Population and Sustainability on Economic Growth. Papers by: DAVID SAMWAYS - Editorial Introduction – Special Issue: Economic Growth. HERMAN DALY - Envisioning a Successful Steady-State Economy. GRAEME MAXTON - Rethinking Everything JEROEN C.J.M. VAN DEN BERGH - Agrowth instead of anti- and pro-growth: Less polarizat...
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Journal of Population and Sustainability Journal Vol.2 No.2. Papers by: DAVID SAMWAYS - Anthropocentrism – The Origin of Environmental Degradation? UGO BARDI - A Seneca Collapse for the World’s Human Population? DOUGLAS E. BOOTH - Postmaterial Experience Economics, Population, and Environmental Sustainability. WILLIAM N. RYERSON - The Hidden Gem o...
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Journal of Population and Sustainability Vol 2 No 1. Papers by: KERRYN HIGGS - Limits to Growth: Human Economy and Planetary Boundaries. JOEL E. COHEN - How Many People Can the Earth Support? JONATHON PORRITT AND COLIN HINES - Reflections on the Current Immigration Debate in the UK. JULIAN ROCHEBeyond the One-child Policy: A Response to Conly. UGO...
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Journal of Population and Sustainability Vol 1 No 2. Papers by: GRAEME MAXTON AND JORGEN RANDERS - Solving the Human Sustainability Problem in Short-Termist Societies. ELIZABETH CRIPPS - Population, Climate Change, and Global Justice: A Moral Framework for Debate. JOHN CLELAND - Prospects for Accelerated Fertility Decline in Africa. NIKI RUST AND L...
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Journal of Population and Sustainability Vol 1 No 1 Debut issue. Papers by: STEVEN W. SINDING - Reflections on the Changing Nature of the Population Movement. AUBREY MANNING - Population and Sustainability: the Most Inconvenient Truth. SARAH CONLY - One Child: Do We Have a Right to More? COLIN KELLEY - On Sustainability, Vulnerability, Climate and...
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Since 1987, the environment has exploded onto the national and international agendas in a way which few would have predicted. The environment is now seen as a crucial electoral issue, ranking alongside the economy, defence and the health service. A token of its newfound political importance is the emphasis now placed upon it by Margaret Thatcher. H...

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Projects (3)
Project
The proposed special issue of The Journal of Population and Sustainability will focus on population growth as a factor in the resilience and adaptive capacity of communities in facing the impacts of climate change. We are interested in publishing papers examining both natural population growth and those considering local growth due to migration, including the effects of urbanisation upon the vulnerability of urban populations to climate change. In addition, papers considering the effects on resilience and adaptation resulting from migration from the Global South to the Global North are welcomed. Moreover, we are particularly interested in papers examining how climate change relates to the vulnerability of particular demographic groups, especially children and women in high fertility countries. More information can be found here: https://www.whp-journals.co.uk/JPS/CallsForPapers
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To explore the role of social values in past and present environmental change.