Evaluating achievements, challenges and future avenues for research, this book explores how new dimensions of knowledge and practice contest, reshape and advance traditional understandings of sustainable consumption governance.
Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways, and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.
Evaluating achievements, challenges and future avenues for research, this book explores how new dimensions of knowledge and practice contest, reshape and advance traditional understandings of sustainable consumption governance. By questioning existing academic discourse and advocating collective solutions, up-and-coming and established scholars help readers to understand diverse governance processes through a wide variety of topics. These range from consumption impacts, the circular and sharing economy, sustainable business models, consumer behaviour and work time, to understanding the role of new actors such as prosumers and city governments. The research agenda supports transformative system changes to a more sustainable society.
Policy makers at international, national and local levels will benefit from the practical advice offered and forward-thinking policy suggestions. It will also be a timely read for scholars of sustainability studies, sociology of consumption, political economy and political ecology, human geography, wellbeing, environment studies and human ecology looking to gain a more well-rounded understanding of the topic.
‘How can we ensure a sustainable and just way of life for the Earth’s inhabitants now and into the future? This important and authoritative collection pulls no punches when setting out the scale and complexity of the task ahead. Instead it rallies with optimism and hope around the grand challenge facing this generation. This book will energise, inspire and provoke in equal measures, and is a touchstone for researchers of the future.’ – Gill Seyfang, University of East Anglia, UK
‘This book has a fresh and challenging conceptualization of sustainable consumption governance. Leading scholars provide a powerful framing of a highly needed research agenda; which is necessary to support urgently needed action to curb consumption and promote sustainable lifestyles and livelihoods. Systemic transformations and degrowing the throw-away economy are urgently needed; and books like this may help to frame a common approach.’ – Philip J. Vergragt, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and Founding Executive Board member, Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI)
Contributors: M.J. Cohen, C. Dalhammar, K. Frenken, T. Froese, D. Fuchs, E. Heiskanen, M. Koch, S. Laakso, M. Lehner, S. Lorek, F. Lüdeke-Freund, K. McCormick, O. Mont, J. Palm, A. Plepys, S. Schaltegger, J. Schor, J. Singh, N. Smedby, A. Tukker