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Social-Ecological Resilience and Sustainability

  • Shelley Ross Saxer
  • Jonathan Rosenbloom
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Social-Ecological Resilience and Sustainability by Shelley Ross Saxer and Jonathan Rosenbloom is designed to help students understand and address new, changing, and complex economic, environmental, and social systems. This book introduces resilience and sustainability as analytical frameworks and illustrates how these concepts apply in various contexts: water, food, shelter/land use, energy, natural resources, pollution, disaster law, and climate change. The first two chapters (Part I) provide students with a conceptual foundation to explore the interdisciplinary nature of resilience and sustainability and the meanings of, complexities embedded in, and the overlap and differences between these frameworks. Each of the remaining eight chapters (Part II) views resilience and sustainability in a specific law and policy context. Strategically placed throughout Part II, the authors describe eight useful tools — “Strategies to Facilitate Implementation”—to help identify, assess, integrate, or utilize resilience and sustainability as analytical frameworks.

Key Features:

  • A two-part approach that first provides students with a conceptual foundation and then allows students to view resilience and sustainability in eight law and policy contexts (described above)
  • Numerous graphics throughout to illustrate concepts, depict events described, and otherwise enliven the content
  • Case studies that examine human decisions that led to unsustainable and non-resilient systems and societies
  • New and innovative ways to explain complex systems and in turn rethink traditional notions of law and policy
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About the authors
Shelley Ross Saxer
Pepperdine University School of Law

Shelley Ross Saxer is the Laure Sudreau Endowed Chair at Pepperdine University School of Law. While in law school, Professor Saxer served as the chief managing editor of the UCLA Law Review. Upon graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., USDC for the Central District of California and then worked briefly as a corporate associate for the Century City law offices of O'Melveny & Myers. She has published articles dealing with liquor store overconcentration in urban areas, the use of religious institutions for homeless shelters, conflict between local governmental units over commercial land use decisions that impact surrounding communities, eminent domain, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, sex offender property disclosures and residency restrictions, water law, and zoning conflicts with First Amendment rights. Professor Saxer is a co-author of two law casebooks: CONTEMPORARY PROPERTY (4th ed. West 2013) (with Grant S. Nelson, Dale A. Whitman, and Colleen Medill) and LAND USE (7th ed. West 2017) (with David L. Callies and Robert H. Freilich).

Jonathan D. Rosenbloom
Drake University Law School

Jonathan Rosenbloom is the Dwight D. Opperman Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of Environmental and Sustainability Programming at Drake University Law School. He is the co-author of two textbooks: SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE & SUSTAINABILITY (Aspen 2018) (with Shelley Saxer) and LAND USE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (9th ed. West 2017) (with John Nolon, Patricia Salkin, Stephen Miller); and co-editor of ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF THE STUDY OF THE COMMONS (RoutledgeTaylor & Francis Group 2018) (with Dan Cole, Blake Hudson) and BEYOND ZERO-SUM ENVIRONMENTALISM (ELI Press) (with Sarah Krakoff, Melissa Powers) (ELI 2018). His scholarship has been published in Hastings Law Journal, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Washington Law Review, and others. In partnership with the University of Colorado Denver, Jonathan is co-director of the Sustainable Development Code, a model land use code designed to provide local governments with the best sustainability practices in land use. He is also the founder of the Drake Fellowship in Sustainability Law, awarded to two students annually, who work to improve local regulations for the academic year. Jonathan received his Bachelors in Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, JD from New York Law School, and LLM from Harvard Law School. Prior to teaching, he founded a non-profit that worked with state and local governments on becoming more sustainable, clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, and worked for Reed Smith LLP. He was named Drake Law Outstanding Professor of the Year in 2013, University of Oregon, School of Law Environmental & Natural Resource Distinguished Visitor in 2016, and Vermont Law School, Distinguished Environment Law Scholar in 2017.

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