The Ecological Economics of Consumption

Current Issues in Ecological Economics series

Edited by Lucia A. Reisch, Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and Inge Røpke, Aalborg University, Denmark

Research on consumption from an environmental perspective has exploded since the late 1990s. This important new volume cuts across disciplines to present the latest research in the field.

‘This new volume cuts across disciplines to present the latest research in the field. By seriously exploring the role of consumption within ecological economics, this fine book will provide invaluable reading for students and researchers interested in sustainable consumption, ecological economics and consumer research.’
– Management of Environmental Quality

‘Ecological economics, a rapidly growing field, has focused far more on production than consumption. This volume provides an important corrective to that emphasis, and should prove influential. The editors have assembled a distinguished group of scholars who both assess the present state of knowledge, and tackle important conceptual issues, such as “What exactly is consumption?” “Which consumer activities are most ecologically significant?” and “What strategies for changing consumer behaviour actually work?” This is an outstanding collection that deserves a wide readership.’
– Juliet Schor, Boston College, US

‘Lucia Reisch and Inge Røpke offer the best of academia: sophisticated and clear-sighted inquiries into a troubling issue.’
– Wolfgang Sachs, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany

‘Consumption is the driving force for economic growth, but it is also the driving force for unsustainable development. In The Ecological Economics of Consumption we learn how to cope with this challenge effectively and how to eventually reach a level of sustainable consumption.’
– Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Bundestag Environment Committee, Germany

2005 272 pp Hardback 978 1 84376 512 7 £99.00 £89.10 $146.00 $131.40

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