Agro-environmental sustainability assessment using multicriteria decision analysis and system analysis

Julia C. Bausch, Luis Bojórquez-Tapia, Hallie Eakin

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    Transparency and reproducibility remain challenges for sustainability assessment, particularly in developing world contexts where formal scientific information is often limited. We posit that even in such contexts, sustainability assessment can be productive and informative if the underlying assumptions about sustainability are made transparent. Thus, the process of assessment can be as instructive as the results, if not more so. In this article, we describe and discuss how we combined multicriteria decision analysis and system analysis as a unified approach to sustainability assessment. This approach is transparent, practical, flexible, and reproducible; it also facilitates the development of recommendations for enhancing sustainability. We illustrate the approach with examples from a recent environmental sustainability assessment of irrigated commercial maize production in Sinaloa, Mexico.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)303-319
    Number of pages17
    JournalSustainability Science
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - Jul 2014


    • Agriculture
    • Mexico
    • Multicriteria decision analysis
    • Sustainability assessment
    • System analysis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Global and Planetary Change
    • Health(social science)
    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Ecology
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Nature and Landscape Conservation
    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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