APRIL 2015
Dear reader,
This newsletter brings you info about a large number of calls events and new
publications in the field of Sustainability and Consumption. And not least about a new,
important book, The Handbook of Research on Sustainable Consumption, a collaborative effort by many members of this community, and a must-have for everyone.
Kind regards,
Handbook of research on sustainable consumption, published by Edward
Elgar and edited by Lucia A. Reisch and John Thøgersen
Handbook of research on
sustainable consumption, published
by Edward Elgar and edited by
Lucia A. Reisch and John Thøgersen
The Handbook of Research on Sustainable
Consumption is the result of an enormous
collaborative effort by many members of our
community. The Handbook of Research on
Sustainable Consumption provides an interdisciplinary overview of recent research on the
ecological and social obstacles we face through
over consumption, drawing attention to the
salience of the subject and stimulating discussion
in this area.
In 27 chapters, leading authorities in the field
provide concise and accessible expertise, covering a wide range of approaches from psychology
to economics.
Although research on sustainable consumption has gained in importance and
been addressed by various disciplines, this new book is one of the few to compile and summarise the important research findings. Hence, it will be a useful
point of reference for researchers, students and policy makers seeking a wider
understanding of the state-of-the-art of sustainable consumption research.
Edward Elgar Publishing has provided the editors with this special 35% discount
code for our personal contacts and society members: XXXX The offer is valid
on the Edward Elgar website until the end of next month and is for purchases
for personal use only (not for resale).
Please contact [email protected] (UK & ROW) or [email protected]
(N & S America) if you have any difficulty or need any further information.
Table of Contents:
Research On Sustainable Consumption: Introduction And Overview
Lucia A. Reisch and John Thøgersen
1. Sustainable Consumption as a Systemic Challenge: Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research and Research Questions
Sylvia Lorek and Philip J. Vergragt
2. Breaking the Stalemate of Sustainable Consumption with Industrial Ecology
and a Circular Economy
Oksana Mont and Eva Heiskanen
3. Sustainable Consumption in History: Ideas, Resources and Practices
Heather Chappells and Frank Trentmann
4. Environmental Psychology and Sustainable Consumption
Linda Steg
5. Theories of Practice and Sustainable Consumption
Daniel Welch and Alan Warde
6. Sustainability Marketing
Ken Peattie
7. Ethics and Sustainable Consumption
Lieske Voget-Kleschin, Christian Baatz and Konrad Ott
8. Life Cycle Assessment as a Means to Identify the Most Effective Action for
Sustainable Consumption
Kjartan Steen-Olsen and Edgar G. Hertwich
9. Priorities for Sustainable Consumption Policies
Arnold Tukker
10. Unsustainable Travel Becoming (More) Sustainable
Tommy Gärling and Margareta Friman
11. Housing in a Sustainable Consumption Perspective
Kirsten Gram-Hanssen
12. Peak Meat: The Role of Meat in Sustainable Consumption
Achim Spiller and Sina Nitzko
13. Flexitarianism: A Range of Sustainable Food Styles
Muriel Vérain, Hans Dagevos and Gerrit Antonides
14. Obesity, Sustainability and Public Health
Wencke Gwozdz
15. Consumer Habits and Sustainable Consumption
Bas Verplanken and Deborah Roy
16. Consumer Responsibility for Sustainable Consumption
Michael G. Luchs and Rebecca A. Miller
17. Family Socialization and Sustainable Consumption
Ellen Matthies and Hannah Wallis
18. Carbon Triage: A Strategy for Developing a Viable Carbon Labelling System
Sharon Shewmake, Mark A. Cohen, Paul C. Stern and Michael P. Vandenbergh
19. Eco-Labelling as Sustainable Consumption Policy
Caroline L. Noblet and Mario F. Teisl
20. Behavioural Economics, Consumption and Environmental Protection
Cass R. Sunstein
21. Promoting Sustainable Consumption: The Risks of Using Financial Incentives
Jan Willem Bolderdijk and Linda Steg
22. Voluntary Standards as Enablers and Impediments to Sustainable
Andreas Rasche
23. Step Across The Border–Knowledge Brokerage for Sustainable Consumption
Gerd Scholl
24. Decoupling Resource Consumption and Economic Growth: Insights Into an
Unsolved Global Challenge
Peter Hennicke and Dorothea Hauptstock
25. The Role of Consumer Sovereignty in Sustaining the Market Economy
Wolfgang J. Fellner and Clive L. Spash
26. Collaborating and Connecting: The Emergence of the Sharing Economy
Juliet B. Schor and Connor J. Fitzmaurice
27. Toward a Post-Consumerist Future? Social Innovation in an Era of Fading
Economic Growth
Maurie J. Cohen
ISBN (Hardback): 9781783471263
ISBN (E-book): 9781783471270
Special Issue of International Journal of Production Economics on Sustainable Production and Consumption in Emerging Economies
Sustainable development aims to meet the economic, social and environmental
needs of contemporary society without sacrificing future generations’ needs and
development. One of the key questions is how this can be achieved through more
sustainable production and consumption patterns.
Sustainable production and consumption is a particular challenge for emerging
economies, especially fast-growing regions, such as those in the so-called BRIC
countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China). This special issue aims to provide a platform
for high-quality original papers, discussing how emerging economies could contribute
to sustainable production and consumption.
Papers are invited from researchers and practitioners in engineering, natural and social
sciences as well as humanities. Articles at the interface of these disciplines are
particularly encouraged.
Deadline: 1 May 2015
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Board of the Virtual
John Thøgersen Aarhus University
Chairman of the board
Anders Biel University of Gothenburg
Mario Teisl University of Maine
Linda Steg University of Groningen
Lucia Reisch Copenhagen Business
Ulf Schrader Technical University of
Paul Stern NAS. Washington DC
Tim Jackson University of Surrey
Bas Verplanken University of Bath
Ellen Matthies Otto-von-Guericke
University Magdeburg
Satoshi Fujii Kyoto University
Call for contributions: CAPS 2015 conference on Networked Social Responsibility
Brussels, Belgium
An entire ecosystem of initiatives innovates the European and worldwide societies
through a plurality of voices and approaches (social entrepreneurship, crowdfunding,
sharing economy, P2P, sustainable consumption, just to mention a few). What they all
have in common is the use of Internet and the Internet of Things as a lever to scale,
engage, ideate, debate, impact and overall tackle societal challenges.
A first batch of CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social
Innovation) projects has been launched with the support of the European Commission in 2013 (FP7 Call 10). A second Call is open within the Horizon 2020 EU research
Contributions for the conference are invited and will be evaluated by the committee of
Deadline: 30 April 2015
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Call for Papers: Sustainable Innovation: ‘State of the Art’ Sustainable Innovation &
Design Conference
Surrey, UK
Sustainable Innovation 2015 will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and
challenges related to the “state of the art” in sustainable innovation and design related
to products, services, technologies and new business models. Sustainable Innovation
2015 will include invited and refereed papers from academics, consultants,
entrepreneurs, technology providers, designers and innovation and sustainability
directors as well as other business functions.
Sustainable Innovation 2015 welcomes conceptual and research-based papers
focused on the “state of the art” of sustainable innovation and design. Papers should
cover sustainability, innovation, product, service or technology design, and
development and commercialisation issues
Deadline: 1 May 2015
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Call for abstracts: Conference on global food security
Ithaca, NY, US
Achieving global food security whilst reconciling demands on the environment is the
greatest challenge faced by mankind. By 2050 at least 9 billion people will need food,
and increasing incomes and urbanization will inevitably lead to dietary change. The
food security challenge will increasingly encompass the triple burden of malnutrition
– undernutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies. The urgency of the issues has
led to huge scientific strides forwards, making it difficult to keep up with the rapidly
expanding volume of scientific research. Abstracts and proposals are encouraged and
it’s possible to contribute to 11 different themes.
Deadline: 8 May 2015
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Call for contributions: MIT Climate CoLab: seeking high impact ideas to tackle
climate change
The Climate CoLab recently announced twenty-two contests, each seeking highimpact actions that will make a significant difference in addressing climate change.
Run by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Collective
Intelligence, the Climate CoLab is a completely open, online platform where experts
and the public work together to develop high impact ideas and plans for what we can
do about climate change, right now. Authors of most promising proposals are invited
to present before government officials, business executives, NGO leaders and scientists
at an MIT event this fall, where a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded!
Deadline: 16 May 2015
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Call for papers: Conference on child and teen consumption 2016
Aalborg, Denmark
Children and teens’ experiences of consumption come in many forms and shapes.
Traditions for childrearing, cultural ideals for good childhood and family patterns,
traditions for inviting to child participation, habits and routines coupled with impulses
from markets, media and consumers, locally and globally, all set the frames for child
and teen consumption. During the Child and Teen Consumption Conference in 2016
focus will be on how we can understand the contexts, relations and practices in which
child and teen consumption is embedded. Among the tracks are sustainability, food
waste and environmental concerns suggested.
Deadline: 1 September 2015
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Four PhD fellows at the Environmental Humanities Research Group at the University
of Leeds
The PhD fellow will be expected to do research in one or other of two predesignated
areas. One of these areas will examine the connections between the representation
and preservation of wild spaces and species in the pan-European context; will analyse
specific instances of these connections in the work of contemporary European nature
writers and/or natural history filmmakers; and will gauge the applicability of this work to
EU environmental, wildlife, and conservation policy (including rewilding) in the context
of Natura 2000. The other area will examine current and historical water-related crises
in Europe and globally within the larger historical framework of natural disaster; will
analyse their cultural components; and will look at the communities created through
such disasters and at the paradoxical capacity of flood, drought, and other natural
disasters to produce more sustainable models for collective living, in Europe and
Deadline: 1 May 2015
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The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management of Delft University of Technology
has an opening for a PhD candidate
The position is part of a NWO-Responsible Innovation project on controversial energy
technologies. The candidate is expected to conduct case study research on national
and international energy projects that give rise to public contestation, and organise
workshops with partners and stakeholders.
Deadline: 07 May 2015
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Four doctoral fellows at the Rachel Carson Center at the Ludwig Maximilian
University of Munich and Deutsches Museum
The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich and the
Deutsches Museum invite applications for four funded doctoral student positions (ESRs)
in the environmental humanities, two positions each under the themes of “Climates of
Risk” and “Climates of Memory.” A wide-ranging curiosity in the other projects of this
ENHANCE group is important, as the four “climates” ESRs will work with colleagues
based at the Leeds’ School of English and School of Earth and Environment and the
Environmental Humanities Lab at KTH Stockholm.
Successful candidates will propose research projects that analyze cultures and
perceptions of climate risk and cultural memories of climate through historical and
cross-cultural comparison.
Deadline: 15 May 2015
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Vacancy announcements at TIK - SusValueWaste project
TIK is announcing two new temporary positions funded by the project: “Sustainable
path creation for innovative value chains for organic waste products (SusValueWaste)”.
The links to the two vacancy announcements are as follows:
Two-year Postdoc
Deadline: 17 May 2015
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Three-year Ph.D position:
Deadline: 17 May 2015
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Carrico, A. R., Vandenbergh, M. P., Stern, P. C., & Dietz, T. (2015). US climate policy
needs behavioural science. Nature Climate Change, 5(3), 177-179.
Grolleau, G., Ibanez, L., Mzoughi, N., & Teisl, M. (2015). Helping eco-labels to fulfil their
promises. Climate Policy.
Jackson, T., & Victor, P. A. Does slow growth lead to rising inequality? Some theoretical
reflections and numerical simulations. Ecological Economics.
Lauper, E., Moser, S., Fischer, M., & Matthies, E. (2015). Explaining Car Drivers’ Intention to
Prevent Road-Traffic Noise: An Application of the Norm Activation Model. Environment
and Behavior.
Noblet, C. L., Anderson, M. W., & Teisl, M. F. (2015). Thinking past, thinking future: An empirical test of the effects of retrospective assessment on future preferences. Ecological
Economics, 114, 180-187.
Thøgersen, J., Barcellos, M. D. d., Perinc, M. G., & Zhou, Y. (2015). Consumer buying
motives and attitudes towards organic food in two emerging markets: China and Brazil.
International Marketing Review, 32(3/4).
van der Werff, E., & Steg, L. (2015). One model to predict them all: Predicting energy
behaviours with the norm activation model. Energy Research & Social Science, 6, 8-14.
21 - 22 May
CONSENSUS#2 International Conference on
‘Sustainable Consumption Transform- ations:
Implementation and impacts’
Galway, Ireland
21 - 24 May
UNMAKINGWASTE2015: Transforming Production
and Consumption in Time and Place
South Australia
27 - 29 May
Food in the Bio-based Ecnomy: Sustainable
Procision and Access
The Netherlands
28 May - 5 June
ESAC Conference 2015
Ottawa, Canada
9 - 11 June
Nordic Environmental Social Science Conference
Trondheim, Norway
11 - 12 June
World Conference of Futures Research 2015
Turku, Finland
11 - 14 June
ACSEE 2015
Kobe, Japan
14 - 17 June
Healthy People, Healthy Environment: “Behavior
Keene, NH, U.S
Change, Connections, Communication Strategies”
17 - 19 June
Product Lifetime and the Environment (PLATE)
23 - 26 June
XIII Enviromental Psycology Conference - PSICAMB Granada, Spain
7 - 8 July
CAPS2015: Networked Social Responsbility
9 - 12 July
The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy Brighton, U.K.
& the Environment 2015
29 - 30 July
ICSS 2015 : XIII International Conference on
Sustainable Society
Zurich, Switzerland
24 - 26 August
BCEP 2015: 11th Bienniel Conference on
Environmental Psychology
The Netherlands
1- 4 September
CFP RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2015
Exeter, U.K.
2 - 3 September
BX2015: International Behavioural Insights
London, U.K.
7 – 9 September
The 5th World Sustainability Forum
Basel, Switzerland
16 - 18 September Corporate Responsibility Research Conference
CRRC 2015
Nottingham, U.K.
Brussels, Belgium
Marseille, France
17 - 19 September 3rd International CSR Communication Conference Ljubljana, Slovenia
2 October
Conference on global sustainability and local food
Rome, Italy
11 - 14 October
2nd International Conference on Global Food
Ithaca, NY, U.S
18 - 21 October
BECC15: Behavior, Energy and Climate Change
Sacramento, CA, U.S
1 - 4 November
Global Cleaner Production and Sustainable
Consumption Conference
Sitges, Spain
9 - 10 November
Sustainable innovation 2015: ‘State of the Art’
Sustainable Innovation & Design
Surrey, U.K,
SBE 16 - International Conference on Sustainable
Built Environment
Hamburg, Germany
Child and Teen Consumption Conference
Aalborg, Denmark
8 - 11 March
27 - 29 April
Read more about the events here