Identifying the Current Trend of Sustainable Development of Asia


  • H. M. T. R. Herath Department of Agricultural Economics and Business Management, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  • A. C. Udage Department of Export Agriculture, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka
  • R. M. P. S. Rathnayaka Department of Export Agriculture, Uva Wellassa University, Sri Lanka



Asia, Current Trend, GIS, Ranking, Sustainable Development


By the end of the last millennium, “sustainable development” was the most widely discussed topic among scholars, policy makers and diplomats. Meanwhile, over the past decades, many Asian economies have achieved striking levels of economic growth for the betterment of the human life. However, it has also been accompanied by substantial environmental degradation. The purpose of this paper is to provide a brief overview of the current trends in sustainable development in Asia through indicating the current position of 44 Asian countries with respect to each sustainable dimension, by mapping the countries in order to show spatially where they stand in sustainable development and by statistically finding the existence of an association in each sustainability criterion. For this study secondary data were utilized and those were extracted from Sustainability Society Index (SSI). The sixth edition, SSI-2016 was used on this behalf. Data were descriptively analyzed using Minitab 17 and Excel while the required maps were generated using Arc Map 10.1 Geographic Information System (GIS) by ESRI. The association among the three dimensions, Human, Environmental and Economic well-being, was found out using Pearson Correlation. From the analysis we could find that there is no association between environmental well-being and human well-being Nevertheless, there is an association between the economic well-being and the human well-being and the same was resulted for the economic and environmental well-being.


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How to Cite

Herath, H. M. T. R., Udage, A. C., & Rathnayaka, R. M. P. S. (2021). Identifying the Current Trend of Sustainable Development of Asia. Asian Review of Social Sciences, 10(1), 22–30.