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This paper attempts to discuss the relationships between the concept of sustainable development and
the practice of scientific research, technological innovation and industrial development. It is based on
both completed and ongoing studies of science, technology, environment, development and
employment at the Work & Technology Research Unit of the Fondation Travail-Université (1).
First of all we discuss the different conceptual interpretations of sustainable development among the
scientific community. Afterwards we use the epistemological concept of research traditions in order
to explain this diversity of interpretations and its impacts on the prospects for technological
development. As a third step we develop an approach to sustainable technology and show why
such an approach requires more interdisciplinary research. In conclusion we summarise some options
and questions about interdisciplinarity in these areas.