Research Handbook on the Green Economy

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Research Handbook on the Green Economy

9781789904826 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Andrew Jones, Professor of Economic Geography and President, Brunel University London, UK and Patrik Ström, Director, European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics and Associate Professor of Economic Geography, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Publication Date: May 2024 ISBN: 978 1 78990 482 6 Extent: 324 pp
Outlining how the concepts of green economy and green growth have become the forefront of policy and political debates within the last decade, this compelling Research Handbook investigates the policies and plans that utilise these concepts at both the local and global level to achieve a truly green economy.

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Outlining how the concepts of green economy and green growth have become the forefront of policy and political debates within the last decade, this compelling Research Handbook investigates the policies and plans that utilise these concepts at both the local and global level to achieve a truly green economy.

Commencing with a review of green economy’s development from the 1980s onwards, the Research Handbook on the Green Economy examines its progression through the 1990s, illustrating the lack of progress in the early years until sustainable development gathered traction in the early 2000s. Taking a theoretical approach to green economy research, this Research Handbook examines recent trends and developments within global industries and sectors including product circulation and manufacturing, alongside green services, construction, renewable energy and tourism. Chapters also discuss the directions and challenges for future research, in particular the concepts of ‘lean’, waste reduction and greenwashing in the green economy.

This timely and fascinating book will be an excellent resource for scholars and researchers in the fields of environmental economics, economic geography, and environmental governance and regulation. The illustrated future strategies highlighted in this Research Handbook will also provide excellent guidance for policymakers at both local and national government levels.
Critical Acclaim
‘An excellent collection of chapters on the topic of the green economy and growth that provides a historic perspective as well as investigating new channels. Recommended to all who are interested in these ideas.’
– Anil Markandya, BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain

‘Since its emergence in the late 1980s, the term “green economy” has become ubiquitous in contemporary policy debates. This book provides the most comprehensive and thorough treatment of the topic to date, highlighting various definitions and approaches to greening economies as well as applications to specific industries and case studies.’
– Edward Barbier, Colorado State University, US
Contributors
Contributors include: Julia Affolderback, Lucien Georgeson, David Gibbs, Brita Hermelin, Andrew Jones, Mitsutaka Matsumoto, Paul Midford, Nanno Mulder, James Murphy, Kirstie O’Neill, Lucia Pizzichini, Daryl J. Powell, Grete Rusten, Christian Schulz, Marie Stenseke, Patrik Ström, Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, Yumana Tomonori, Keiko Toya, Naoyuki Yoshino
Contents
Contents:

1 Introduction: conceptualising research into the green economy 1
Andrew Jones and Patrik Ström

PART I THEORETICAL APPROACHES IN GREEN
ECONOMY RESEARCH
2 Green economy definitions: recent trends and developments 13
Lucien Georgeson
3 Green growth 34
David Gibbs
4 The circular economy 51
Brita Hermelin
5 Are all industries now green? 64
Grete Rusten
6 Agenda 2030 and the green economy 81
Marie Stenseke

PART II INDUSTRIES AND SECTORS
7 Green finance: possible misallocation of portfolio assets and
net carbon tax proposals 96
Naoyuki Yoshino, Yumana Tomonori and Farhad
Taghizadeh-Hesary
8 Product circulation and remanufacturing 110
Mitsutaka Matsumoto
9 Green services 128
Patrik Ström
10 Servitization and the green economy 141
Keiko Toya
11 Construction and the green economy 160
Julia Affolderbach and Christian Schulz
12 Bioeconomy and international trade in Latin America 178
Ximena Olmos and Nanno Mulder
13 Second-stage challenges and opportunities for renewable
energy and national variation in adoption 194
Paul Midford
14 Green tourism 220
Lucia Pizzichini

PART III CHALLENGES AND CRITIQUES
15 Lean and the green economy: the promise of a waste-free society? 244
Daryl J. Powell
16 Green everywhere? Institutional greenwashing and injustice in
the green economy 258
Kirstie O’Neill
17 Green economies in the Global South: framings, experiences,
and immanent challenges 279
James T. Murphy

PART IV CONCLUSION
18 Coda: future directions and challenges for research into the
green economy 299
Andrew Jones and Patrik Ström
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