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Sustainable at all stages: changing the fashion industry

Published by Mark Bodnar

Cover of ebook: "Designing Fashion's Future: present practice and tactics for sustainable change"A couple years ago I collaborated with our Interactive Arts & Technology Librarian on a series of posts about one of the "wicked problems" of our modern world: sustainability in the textile & fashion industries.

Green line drawing of clothing hanging on a laundry lineThat series was published to support an interdisciplinary cohort of students in our Business of Design program, all of whom were working on projects to change the way fashion and its materials are designed, produced, purchased, and discarded... change of the sort that our world so desperately needs.

The word "change" is key here. The Business of Design program has changed to Make Change Studio, but the students involved are still trying to change the world, and they've returned to the topic of fixing fast fashion.

<Read on for an update and expansion of the original posts on fixing fast fashion!>

A feast of resources for those researching alternative protein markets! (redux)

Published by Mark Bodnar

One of our marketing classes (BUS 345 E100) is going to be doing some primary research on alternative protein products & consumers again this semester.

In support of that class, I've listed some key resources, but students in other classes may also want to use this post as a case study to learn about some of the powerful market research tools available to SFU researchers.  Bon appetite!

<Read on for a menu of delicious databases>

Basic income & beyond: Researching economic policy topics

Published by Mark Bodnar

If I were to ask you to do some research for an essay, you'd probably assume I was referring to digging up some academic journal articles, right?  The connection between scholarly articles and essays is undeniably strong, and with good reason: the peer review process involved in publishing such articles ensures their high quality.

Nevertheless, there is a vast world of information beyond journals. For many assignments it may be acceptable to cite government reports, think tank analysis, ebook chapters, and even news articles...

Title banner from OECD Policy Brief: Basic income as a policy option: Can it add up?

<Click here to learn about non-journal info sources using Universal Basic Income as a search example...>

 

Indigenous business books & ebooks

Published by Mark Bodnar

A couple of our graduate business classes this term are exploring Indigenous business and economic development -- a theme that we expect will appear in more classes at all levels in the coming years.

We wrote a post recently about Business and BC's Indigenous Communities to explore some of the many resources available to help students who are working on such assignments.

Today we thought we'd add some additional resources, but this time with a focus on sources that go deeper into the topic and provide more comprehensive information than is typically available on web pages and in articles: ebooks and books! For instance...

Cover of book: Indigenous Aspirations and Rights  Cover of book: Working Effectively With Indigenous Peoples  Cover of book: Indigenous People and Economic Development

<Read on for many more books & ebooks on this important topic.>

Macat Library series: Brief analysis of major economic & business theories

Published by Mark Bodnar

Image of the cover of the Macat Library volume on Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations"From Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations to Karl Marx's Capital.. our library is full of classic writings in economics and business. 

Such publications are the bedrock of much that you are learning in your classes, so it's important that you understand them. Given your time constraints, why not start with a volume from The Macat Library series?

<Read on for some quick reads on deep topics!>

Short, sweet, and to the point... Oxford's Very Short Introductions to hundreds of topics

Published by Mark Bodnar

Photo of a few books from the Very Short Introduction seriesHave you ever been at a party (or in a tutorial... same thing...) when someone brought up a peripheral topic -- not core to your usual research area, but apparently relevant to your studies? 

As a seasoned scholar who understands that knowledge doesn't live in isolated silos, you certainly want to learn a bit more about such peripheral topics. 

As always, though, time is tight. As much as you love the depth of the millions of books in our collection, you really just need a reasonably brief overview of the topic...

<Read on to learn about read-on-a-bus intros to complex topics!>

Economics books: From love & art to war & disasters

Published by Mark Bodnar

I've mentioned before that the giant umbrella of economics seems to cover almost every other subject, and I've discussed the fact that pretty much anything that involves means & ends, desires & decisions, or creation & consumption has an economics perspective.  

That broad definition is obvious from a quick scan of the titles listed below. These new books and ebooks -- all available for SFU researchers -- touch on the economics of everything from love, art & happiness all the way through to war, nuclear proliferation & natural disasters

<Read on for books on love, art, war, disasters, and more!>