A Research Agenda for Sustainable Consumption Governance


A Research Agenda for Sustainable Consumption Governance

9781788117807 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Oksana Mont, Lund University, Sweden
Publication Date: 2019 ISBN: 978 1 78811 780 7 Extent: 224 pp
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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.

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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.

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‘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


Part I Introduction
I. Towards a Research Agenda for Sustainable Consumption Governance
Oksana Mont

Part II Pre-conditions for sustainable consumption governance
2. Why only strong sustainable consumption governance will make a difference
Sylvia Lorek and Doris Fuchs

3. Growth strategies and consumption patterns in transition: From Fordism to finance-driven capitalism
Max Koch

4. Quantifying environmental impacts of consumption – Implications for governance
Arnold Tukker

5. Challenges and research needs in evaluating the sustainability impacts of the sharing economy using input-output analysis
Andrius Plepys and Jagdeep Singh

Part III Alternative systems of provisioning and consuming
6. The role of business models for sustainable consumption: A pattern approach
Florian Lüdeke-Freund, Tobias Froese and Stefan Schaltegger

7. An exploration of the significance of prosumption for sustainable consumption and its implications for sustainable consumption governance
Matthias Lehner

8. Putting the sharing economy into perspective
Koen Frenken and Juliet Schor

Part IV Policies and alternative governors of sustainable consumption
9. It is never too late to give up, or is it? Revisiting policies for sustainable consumption
Carl Dalhammar

10. Editing out unsustainability from consumption: From information provision to nudging and social practice theory
Eva Heiskanen and Senja Laakso

11. The role of local governments in governing sustainable consumption and sharing cities
Jenny Palm, Nora Smedby and Kes McCormick

12. From worktime reduction to a post-work future: Implications for sustainable consumption governance
Maurie J. Cohen


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