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Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency

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Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency

9781789906028 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Satu Teerikangas, Professor, Department of Management and Organisation, University of Turku, Finland and Honorary Professor, Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London, UK, Tiina Onkila, Associate Professor, Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä, Katariina Koistinen, Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Management and Organisation, University of Turku and Marileena Mäkelä, Wisdom Fellow, Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Publication Date: July 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78990 602 8 Extent: c 464 pp
This innovative Research Handbook answers crucial questions about how individuals and organizations can make a difference toward sustainability. Offering an integrative perspective on sustainability agency, it reviews individual, active, organizational and relational forms of sustainability agency, demonstrating the capacity of individuals and organizations to act toward sustainable futures.

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This innovative Research Handbook answers crucial questions about how individuals and organizations can make a difference toward sustainability. Offering an integrative perspective on sustainability agency, it reviews individual, active, organizational and relational forms of sustainability agency, demonstrating the capacity of individuals and organizations to act toward sustainable futures.
 
The Research Handbook investigates the relationships between agency and sustainability, demonstrating the importance of agency for different types of sustainability challenges, including mitigating environmental change and resource depletion. International contributors offer a multidisciplinary overview of the field, constructing detailed literature reviews on its many angles and variations. Concluding with a consolidative meta-review of sustainability agency, the Handbook offers directions for future research in the discipline.
 
Crucial reading for scholars and researchers of sustainability, this cutting-edge Research Handbook is particularly useful for those exploring new avenues for research in relation to agency. It will also benefit graduate students looking for an interdisciplinary perspective on the field, as well as practitioners, advocates and NGOs hoping to understand ways in which sustainability can be enacted in various contexts.
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Contributors include: Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, Gustavo Birollo, Paula Bögel, Shih-chi (Sana) Chiu, Frank G.A. de Bakker, Giuseppe Delmestri, Art Dewulf, Paul H. Driessen, Anil Engez, Susana Esper, Helen Etchanchu, Fay Giæver, Lara Gonzalez-Porras, Barbara Gray, Stefan Gröschl, Melanie E. Hassett, Anna Heikkinen, Kaisa Henttonen, Jan Hermes, Thomas Hoppe, Kelly Hrajnoha, Chanaka Jayawardhena, Ari Jokinen, Pekka Jokinen, Eva Kašperová, Rita G. Klapper, Leslie Koh, Katariina Koistinen, Marika Kokko, Ilias Krystallis, Johanna Kujala, Lija Lascenko, Hanna Lehtimäki, Sabrina Lämmerer, Marileena Mäkelä, Andrew Mountfield, Niamh Murtagh, Laura Olkkonen, Tiina Onkila, Mikołaj Pawlak, Ville-Veikko Piispanen, Renata Puchala, Mikko Rajavuori, Shenaz Rangwala, Romana Rauter, Noelia-Sarah Reynolds, Paavo Ritala, Linda Rouleau, Sally Russell, Ashley Salaiz, Jaakko Salminen, Cornelia Schalch, Subhanjan Sengupta, Natalya Sergeeva, Jenni Sipilä, Riikka Tapaninaho, Satu Teerikangas, Llewellyn D.W. Thomas, Paul Upham, Jarmo Uusikartano Judith L. Walls, Beau Warbroek
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Contents:

1 Introduction to the Research Handbook of Sustainability Agency 1
Satu Teerikangas, Katariina Koistinen, Tiina Onkila, Marileena Mäkelä

PART I INDIVIDUAL AGENCY
2 Theorising individual agency within sociotechnical sustainability
transitions frames: a social psychological review 29
Paul Upham, Paula Bögel, Rita G. Klapper and Eva Kašperová
3 Sustainability agency at the top of the organization: microfoundations
research on corporate sustainability 46
Ashley Salaiz, Shih-chi (Sana) Chiu and Judith L. Walls
4 Not dinosaurs but dynamos: the roles of middle managers in corporate
social responsibility and sustainable development issues 62
Gustavo Birollo, Susana Esper and Linda Rouleau
5 Barriers to implementing sustainability experienced by middle
managers in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods and Retail sector 75
Andrew Mountfield, Kelly Hrajnoha, Leslie Koh, Lija Lascenko, Renata
Puchala and Cornelia Schalch
6 Employee agency in the context of organisational sustainability 92
Sally Russell, Fay Giæver and Tiina Onkila
7 The role of ambivalence in sustainable consumption: literature review
and research agenda 103
Jenni Sipilä

PART II ACTIVE AGENCY
8 Roles and practices of institutional workers in climate change action: a review 123
Jan Hermes and Mikołaj Pawlak
9 Sustainability activism: a review of the state of the art 139
Marileena Mäkelä and Laura Olkkonen
10 Emotions in sustainability work: the case of ecopreneurs 157
Fay Giæver and Sally Russell
11 Social entrepreneurship as sustainability agency 166
Hanna Lehtimäki, Subhanjan Sengupta, Ville-Veikko Piispanen and Kaisa
Henttonen
12 Agency of citizen collectives in sustainable transitions: the case of
renewable energy cooperatives in Europe 178
Thomas Hoppe and Beau Warbroek
13 Social movement organizations’ agency for sustainable organizing 194
Helen Etchanchu, Frank G.A. de Bakker and Giuseppe Delmestri

PART III RELATIONAL AGENCY
14 Stakeholder engagement in sustainability transitions 211
Lara Gonzalez-Porras, Anna Heikkinen, Johanna Kujala and Riikka Tapaninaho
15 Partnerships to save the planet? Motivations, types and impacts of
sustainability partnerships 227
Barbara Gray and Art Dewulf
16 The role of sustainability agency in mergers and acquisitions 245
Noelia-Sarah Reynolds and Melanie E. Hassett
17 Circular economy ecosystems: a typology, definitions, and implications 257
Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, Paavo Ritala and Llewellyn D. W. Thomas
18 Agency and sustainability in the construction industry 274
Niamh Murtagh and Natalya Sergeeva
19 Distributed agency in living labs for sustainability transitions 290
Anil Engez, Paul H. Driessen, Leena Aarikka-Stenroos and Marika Kokko
20 The interagency cycle in sustainability transitions 303
Ari Jokinen, Jarmo Uusikartano, Pekka Jokinen and Marika Kokko

PART IV GOVERNANCE
21 Law, agency and sustainability: the role of law in creating sustainability agency 318
Jaakko Salminen and Mikko Rajavuori
22 Predictions from Transitions theories, Dynamic Capabilities and Real
Options theory on the role of governments as agents of sustainability 331
Ilias Krystallis and Katariina Koistinen
23 Local governments using their agency in sustainable transitions 346
Thomas Hoppe
24 Corporate sustainability from a strategic management perspective: one
way for companies to support sustainability transitions 362
Romana Rauter and Sabrina Lämmerer
25 Sustainable consumption in the developing world: the case of India 376
Shenaz Rangwala and Chanaka Jayawardhena
26 Sustainability practices in informal economies: actors, roles, and
research outlook 390
Stefan Gröschl

PART V SUSTAINABILITY AGENCY
27 Synthesis and future research directions 400
Satu Teerikangas, Katariina Koistinen, Tiina Onkila and Marileena Mäkelä

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