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Innovations In Sustainable Consumption

New Economics, Socio-technical Transitions and Social Practices

Maurie J. Cohen , Halina Szejnwald Brown , Philip J. Vergragt

Edited by Maurie J. Cohen, New Jersey Institute of Technology, US, Halina Szejnwald Brown, Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, Clark University, US and Philip J. Vergragt, Fellow, Tellus Institute and Research Professor, Clark University, US

2013 320 pp Hardback 978 1 78100 125 7
2014 Paperback 978 1 78254 024 3
ebook isbn 978 1 78100 134 9

Hardback £88.00 on-line price £79.20

Paperback £27.50 on-line price £22.00


Series: Advances in Ecological Economics series

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‘This is a very timely and inspiring book. The editors have carefully compiled original contributions from leading researchers in sustainable consumption, reflecting the important work of the SCORAI network and beyond. This is a “must” read for those who want to know where research in sustainable consumption is really heading.’
– Lucia A. Reisch, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Contributors: M.M. Bell, H.S. Brown, M.J. Cohen, B. Halkier, J.M. Harris, D.J. Hess, S. Hielscher, R. Kemp, E. Kennedy, H. Krahn, N.T. Krogman, S.M. McCauley, I. Røpke, G. Seyfang, A. Smith, G. Spaargaren, J.C. Stephens, J. Stutz, E. Ubert, H. van Lente, P.J. Vergragt

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This timely volume recognizes that traditional policy approaches to reduce human impacts on the environment through technological change – for example, emphasizing resource efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources – are insufficient to meet the most pressing sustainability challenges of the twenty-first century. Instead, the editors and contributors argue that we must fundamentally reconfigure our lifestyles and social institutions if we are to make the transition toward a truly sustainable future.

These expert contributions pinpoint specific areas in which innovation will be required. These include economic policies, socio-technical systems of production and consumption, and dominant social practices. Drawing on these and other diverse areas of scholarship, this fascinating book highlights new conceptual frameworks for achieving the twin sustainability goals of decreased resource use and enhanced individual and societal well-being.

Students, professors and policymakers in ecological economics, innovation studies, environmental policy and many other related fields will find much of interest in this pathbreaking volume.

Full table of contents



1. Societal Innovation in a Constrained World: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives
Halina Szejnwald Brown, Philip J. Vergragt, and Maurie J. Cohen

2. The Macroeconomics of Development Without Throughput Growth
Jonathan M. Harris

3. Ecological Macroeconomics: Implications for the Roles of Consumer-Citizens
Inge Røpke

4. Going for a Better Life
John Stutz

5. Welcome to the Consumption Line: Sustainability, Social Organization and the Wage-Price Gap
Emanuel Ubert and Michael M. Bell

6. The Dual Challenge of Sustainability Transitions: Different Trajectories and Criteria
René Kemp and Harro van Lente

7. Grassroots Innovations for Sustainable Energy: Exploring Niche-Development Processes Among Community-Energy Initiatives
Sabine Hielscher, Gill Seyfang and Adrian Smith

8. Sustainable Consumption, Energy and Failed Transitions: The Problem of Adaptation
David J. Hess

9. Clusters in Transition: Analysis of a Sustainable Energy-Cluster Initiative in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Jennie C. Stephens and Stephen M. McCauley

10. Sustainable Lifestyles in a New Economy: A Practice Theoretical Perspective on Change Behavior Campaigns and Sustainability Issues
Bente Halkier

11. The Cultural Dimension of Sustainable Consumption Practices: An Exploration in Theory and Policy
Gert Spaargaren

12. Taking Social Practice Theories on the Road: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of Sustainable Transportation
Emily Kennedy, Harvey Krahn and Naomi T. Krogman


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