Plenary Lecture

Sustainable Development and its Concrete Implications: From an Ancient Wisdom to a Modern Fashion

Associate Professor Daniela Cristina Momete
University Politehnica of Bucharest
Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Business Engineering and Management
Economic Engineering Department
Bucharest, Romania
E-mail: daniela.momete@upb.ro

Abstract: The author of this paper aims to investigate the significance of sustainable development from ancient times to present days with the goal to unveil its practical implications. The current research reveals the transformation of sustainability concept from an old wisdom that correlated the human behavior with the capacity of natural systems to cope with this behavior, to a concept not precisely defined, that risks to become nothing but a mere modern fashion. From Hans Carl von Carlowitz to Gro Harlem Brundtland and recent intellectual debates, declarations and commitments, the paper discloses that good intended practices might be easily transformed into a real Trojan horse carrying illicit interests, if practical safeguards are not considered. The paper critically analyses the manner in which the triplet of economic, social and environmental aspects evolved from a real concern about the human welfare in the past, to a flexible meaning in the present, where sustainable development remodels accordingly to particular interests.

Brief Biography of the Speaker:Daniela Cristina Momete received B.Sc. (5-years diploma), M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees in chemical engineering in 1996, 1997 and 2005, respectively, from University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania. From 2000 to 2004 she studied for a second Ph.D degree at the Academy of Economics, International Business and Economics Department, Romania, and graduated in 2004 with a Ph.D. degree in economics. From 1997 to present she has been a faculty member of the Department of Economic Engineering, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Romania, serving as an assistant professor from 1997 to 2002, lecturer from 2002 to 2007, and an associate professor since 2007. She was involved in several education/research fellowships in UK, France and Italy and she successfully concluded a post-doctoral research European program at the National Institute for Economic Research from Romanian Academy, Romania. Her research and teaching interests include Energy Economics, Sustainable Development, Resources Management, Economics of the Firm, Industrial Management, European Economics and engineering education. She is an author/co-author of several books and more than 70 papers published in international/national journals and conference proceedings. She is a member of Romanian Chemical Society, Association for Managers and Economic Engineers from Romania, Danube Adria Association for Automation & Manufacturing and World Scientific Engineering Academy and Society (WSEAS). She chaired several WSEAS International Conferences, edited several WSEAS books, and served as a reviewer for many papers submitted to WSEAS Conferences.

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