The Nature of Sustainable Consumption and How to Achieve it
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The Nature of Sustainable Consumption and How to Achieve it

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Drawing on a body of research on sustainability and consumption, the book attempts to draw all the theories together and look at the role of need, business investment and consumer behaviour in assessing whether sustainable conssumption can be engendered through societal steering.Part 1 - The synthesis framework 1 A landscape of research around sustainability and consumption 2 Needs and consumption - a conceptual system and its meaning in the context of sustainability 3 Sustainable consumption: how to evaluate sustainability in consumption acts 4 Theoretical perspectives on consumer behaviour - attempt at establishing an order to the theories 5 Societal steering of consumption towards sustainability 6 Using 'mixed methods' in sustainable consumption research: approaches, challenges and added value Part 2 - Findings from the project groups A Status of sustainability in investment decisions B Changing everyday consumption patterns C Social embedding of consumer behaviour D Consumers in new roles E Design and efficacy of societal steeringshow more

Product details

  • Book | 468 pages
  • 170 x 240 x 4mm | 901g
  • oekom - Gesellschaft fur okologische Kommunikation mbH
  • Munchen, Germany
  • English
  • New edition
  • 386581302X
  • 9783865813022
  • 2,580,394

About Rico Defila

The editors lead the accompanying research project Focussing knowledge - Encouraging commitment - Facilitating mastery in the focal topic. They all work at the Interdisciplinary Centre for General Ecology (IKAO) at the University of Bern. They have carried out numerous research projects - often of an inter- and transdisciplinary nature - on ecologically responsible actions in the context of sustainable development. They also study issues relating to inter- and transdisciplinarity and moderate the synthesis processes in project groups. Rico Defi la is an attorney at law and head of the planning and operations department at IKAO, Antonietta Di Giulio is a philosopher and university lecturer in general ecology, specialising in general propaedeutics of science (human and natural) and interdisciplinarity. They are joint leaders of the research group Inter-/Transdisciplinarity at IKAO. Ruth Kaufmann-Hayoz is a psychologist and emerita professor of general ecology;until 2011 she was director of IKAO.show more

Review quote

"This book is a must-have for everyone working and researching in the field of sustainable consumption. " Prof. Brand in umwelt.aktuell 3/2012show more