Rural Futures

Rural Futures

21st Century Transformation for the NaturenomicsTM Future

1st Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Editors: Joanna Dawson, Ranjit Barthakur, Saurav Malhotra
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323902908

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Rural Futures: 21st Century Transformation for the NaturenomicsTM Future offers new perspectives on reconciling human and biodiversity needs for a movement toward more holistic sustainable development, where environmental concerns are centered and tackled. Through a rich body of global case studies that focus on rural communities, the book presents practical examples, both past and present, for practitioners and researchers to learn from, adapt to their individual contexts, and implement. Additionally, the theoretical frameworks offer recommendations for redesigning policy, reshaping action in the field, and shining a light on the need for new areas of research.Each thematic section includes one chapter dedicated to theoretical explorations, two or three chapters focusing on practical challenges and opportunities for action, and at least one case study. Utilizing this combination of theory and practice, the book explores how social and ecological factors intersect in the field and how they impact results for rural communities impacted by deforestation.

Key Features

  • Offers new perspectives on how ecology and economy can be integrated at the local level
  • Provides cases studies that demonstrate insights on challenges and issues in the field, along with critical moments and keys to successful participatory action
  • Presents tangible recommendations for action at both community and policy level across disciplines for building resilience and mitigating challenges posed by climate change and environmental destruction


Professionals and researchers working in fields pertaining to sustainable development, environmental protection, biodiversity conservation, ecosystems restoration and management

Table of Contents

  • 1. Rural Wisdom - The Living Economy

    Section 1: NaturenomicsTM - Putting Ecology back in Economy
    2. A NaturenomicsTM Framework for the Future
    3. Understanding Natural Capital
    4. NaturenomicsTM and The Future of the Global Community
    5. NaturenomicsTM In Action

    Section 2: Rural Futures - Transforming Habitat Restoration and Community Livelihoods
    6. Rural Futures: A Framework for Socioeconomic Mobility
    7. From Snowline to Sealine: Perspectives on Habitat Restoration
    8. Landscape transformation: Building Ecological Networks
    9. Case Studies

    Section 3: Natural Capital for Universal Basic Income and Universal Basic Assets
    10. Natural Capital for UBI versus UBA
    11. Sustainably Using Natural Capital to Deliver Universal Basic Assets
    12. Enhancing Natural Capital
    13. Innovating UBA Solutions
    14. How do we pay for it? Delivering/financing UBA through natural capital
    15. Towards Degrowth: Natural Capital for a Citizen’s Dividend
    16. Case Study

    Section 4: Designing the NaturenomicsTM Civilization - Beyond Business as Usual for Degrowth and A Circular Economy
    17. Global transboundary issues in ecosystem restoration and natural capital enhancement
    18. From Rural Futures to a New Socioeconomic Future
    19. The Tools for Getting There
    20. Toward the Naturenomics Civilization

Product details

  • No. of pages: 350
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323902908

About the Editors

Joanna Dawson

Joanna Dawson is involved in developing strategy, publications and partnerships for the Balipara Foundation, to advance the organization's vision and goals for the Eastern Himalayas. She brings an anthropological approach and experience in the development sector and marketing to the organization’s human-centric conservation strategy. She is also involved in shaping the organization’s thought leadership and original material for the Foundation’s communications strategy & publications, including articles in regional & national publications. Her prior experience is in the development sector in India, and in marketing – communications, analysis and research. Joanna holds an M.A. in the Social Anthropology of Development and a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology.

Affiliations and Expertise

The Balipara Foundation, India

Ranjit Barthakur

Ranjit Barthakur is a social entrepreneur, with over 40 years of experience in both the public and private sectors in the areas of IT, hospitality, FMCGs, sports and sustainability consultancy with leading Indian organizations. He is committed to pursuing social change through innovative, cutting-edge, proprietary concepts such as NaturenomicsTM and Rural Futures, driving community-based conservation and livelihoods in the Eastern Himalayas through his organization, the Balipara Foundation.

Affiliations and Expertise

The Balipara Foundation, India

Saurav Malhotra

Saurav Malhotra is the Co-Founder & Chief Designer of the Rural Futures Framework of the Balipara Foundation. Saurav applies human-centered design to conservation and believes that humans lie at the center of any conservation program. Through the Rural Futures program, he is providing a framework for the restoration of forests and at the same time, linking this restoration pathway to socio-economic mobility of the forest-fringe communities through various livelihood generating programs. Saurav has a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and a master’s degree in the biological sciences. Prior to his association with the Balipara Foundation, Saurav has held various research, teaching, and conservation awareness positions in Europe.

Affiliations and Expertise

Co-Founder & Chief Designer of the Rural Futures Framework, The Balipara Foundation, India

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