The primary, overall aim of the research is to understand more about how an equitable, just and effective transition to a sustainable society could be achieved by examining the outcomes resulting from contrasting sustainability paradigms. To achieve this aim, the main objectives, in order of priority, will be:
- To gain a greater understanding of the actors, discourses, politics, policies, processes and outcomes associated with two contrasting environmental/social transition pathways/paradigms (‘Living Well’ and ‘Green Economy’) as manifested in the two countries which have led their implementation globally (Bolivia and South Korea, respectively);
- To consider the efficacy of these transition pathways for attaining a more sustainable society;
- To investigate how these paradigms fare in terms of efficiency, equitability, political acceptability and administrative viability;
- To consider whether and how they could merge or influence each other so as to aid achievement of an equitable, just and effective global transition to sustainability;
- To assess the value and viability of the transfer of the policies arising from these paradigms to other countries, whether low, middle or high income.