Sustainable Consumption Articles

These publications reflect the development of our field since SCORAI was founded in 2008

Recently, we asked the subscribers to the SCORAI listserv to suggest publications from the past decade or so which reflect major developments of the field of Sustainable Consumption. The responses we received were in the form of individual papers, reports and bibliographic lists. The list below is a pared down version of these submissions. Since sustainable consumption is a multidisciplinary field of scholarship and practice, we did not try to group them by topic; and since arranging them alphabetically did not make sense either, we settled on chronology as the organizing principle, choosing 2008 as a start: the year of founding of SCORAI.

There was no set of criteria for selection, no advisory committee, no decision tree. There was only one guiding principle: to capture the richness of the multiple perspectives which comprise the body of knowledge about the structure and functioning of consumer society, the forces that allow it to maintain and reproduce itself, and promising pathways for transitioning beyond it. The list is but an echo of how the field developed. Some of you will be unhappy with what is in it, and what is not. This is however a living list: please keep sending us more suggestions on what should be added to it.

The chronological arrangement of the bibliography also highlights the temporal evolution of the field: from the early emphasis on individual consumer behaviors, consumer culture, marketing and behavioral change; to a more systemic thinking about drivers of consumption, including institutions, social practices and technological change; to examining consumption from the angle of human well-being; to quantifying the link between consumption and greenhouse gas emissions; to recognizing the role of economic growth, political power and the financialization of the economy; to acknowledging the issues of equity and social justice in a transition to more sustainable consumption.

2022

Toward Sustainable Wellbeing: Advances in Contemporary Concepts


by Taghg  O’Mahony

Frontiers of Sustainability 3:807984 (2022)

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Comprehensive Evidence Implies a Higher Social Cost of CO2


by Kevin Rennert, Frank Errickson, Brian C. Prest, Lisa Rennels, Richard G. Newell, William Pizer, Cora Kingdon, Jordan Wingenroth, Roger Cooke, Bryan Parthum, David Smith, Kevin Cromar, Delavane Diaz, Frances C. Moore, Ulrich K. Müller, Richard J. Plevin, Adrian E. Raftery, Hana Ševčíková, Hannah Sheets, James H. Stock, Tammy Tan, Mark Watson, Tony E. Wong & David Anthoff.

Nature, September Pre-publication copy (2022)

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2021

Through the Eye of a Needle: An Eco-Heterodox Perspective on the Renewable Energy Transition,


by Megan Seibert and William Rees

 Energies14(15): 4508 (2021)

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Building the bridge between Protected Needs and consumption corridors


 by Antonietta Di Giulio & Rico Defila

 (2021).  Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 17:1, 117-134, DOI

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Hamburg Climate Futures Outlook 2021

Assessing the plausibility of deep decarbonization by 2050


by Detlef Stammer; Anita Engels; Jochem Marotzke; Eduardo Gresse; Christopher Hedemann; Jan Petzold

 (eds.); 2021. Cluster of Excellence Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS). Hamburg, Germany

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The Political Economy of (Un)Sustainable Production and Consumption

A Multidisciplinary Synthesis for Research and Action


by Manu Mathai

Resources, Conservation and Recycling 2021 ,Vol 167 (2021)

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Urgent need for post-growth climate mitigation scenarios


by Jason Hickel, Paul Brockway, Giorgos Kallis, Lorenz Keyßer, Manfred Lenzen, Aljoša Slameršak, Julia Steinberger & Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

Environmental Research Letters, 15(9), 093001 (2021).

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1.5-Degree Lifestyles

Towards A Fair Consumption Space for All


by Lewis Akenji, Magnus Bengtsson, Viivi Toivio, Michael Lettenmeier, Tina Fawcett, Yael Parag, Yamina Saheb, Anna Coote, Joachim H. Spangenberg, Stuart Capstick, Tim Gore, Luca Coscieme, Mathis Wackernagel, Dario Kenner .

Hot or Cool Institute, Berlin(2021).

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1.5-Degree Lifestyles scenarios

suggest the need for new mitigation pathways


by Lorenz T. Keyßer .

Nature Communications. 12, 2676 (2021) Whit summary

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Sustainable Lifestyles after Covid-19


by Fabián Echegaray, Valerie Brachya, Philip J. Vergragt, Lei Zhang,.

Routledge (2021).

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Sustainable Consumption Communication

A Review of an Emerging Field of Research


by Daniel Fischer, Julia-Lena Reinermann, Georgina Guillen-Mandujano, C. Tyler DesRoches, Sonali Diddi, Philip J. Vergragt.

Cleaner Production 300: 126880 (2021).

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Changing our ways? Behaviour change and the climate crisis The report of the Cambridge Sustainability Commission


by Peter Newell

 (2021).

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Global redistribution of income and household energy footprints: a computational thought experiment


by  Oswald Y,  Steinberger  JK, Ivanova D, Millward-Hopkins J

(2021).  Global Sustainability 4, e4, 1–13

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1.5 °C degrowth scenarios suggest the need for new mitigation pathways


 by Keyßer, L.T., Lenzen, M

Nat Commun 12, 2676 (2021).

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 Challenging social norms to recraft practices: A Living Lab approach to reducing household energy use in eight European countries


 by Sahakian M, Rau H, Grealis E

et al.(2021). Energy Research & Social Science 72: 101881 

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Preparedness of Young People for a Sustainable Lifestyle: Awareness and Willingness


 by Anastazija Dimitrova

Sustainability 2021, 13, 7204.(2021)

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Socio-economic conditions for satisfying human needs at low energy use

An international analysis of social provisioning


 by Jefim Vogel

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2020

Consumption-based carbon accounting: sense and sensibility


by Arnold Tukker, Hector Pollitt & Maurits Henkemans

Climate Policy, 20:sup1, S1 S13, DOI (2020)

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Why carbon pricing is not sufficient to mitigate climate change—and how “sustainability transition policy” can help


 by Daniel Rosenbloomd

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1.5-Degree Lifestyles

Targets and options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints Institute for Global Environmental Strategies


by Akenji, L.

  Aalto University and D-mat ltd (2020),

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New Conceptions of Sufficient Home Size in High Income Countries

Are we Approaching a Sustainable Consumption Transition?


by Cohen, M. J.

Housing, Theory and Society, 1 31 (2020)

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Theories of Practices: Agency, Technology, and Culture

Exploring the relevance of practice theories for the governance of sustainable consumption practices in the new world-order


by Spaargaren, G.

  Global Environmental Change 21, 813-822. (2011)

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Quantifying the potential for climate change mitigation of consumption options


by Ivanova, D., Barrett, J., Wiedenhofer, D., Macura, B., Callaghan, M., & Creutzig, F.

Nat Energy 6, 766–768Environmental Research Letters, 15(9), 093001(2021).

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Wellbeing matters: Tackling growth dependency

An economy that works: Briefing Paper 3.


by Jackson, T .

Report for the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth February​(2020).

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A Just Green Transition


by SAMAK

A follow-up on the SAMAK Nordic
climate summit in Copenhagen on January 29, 2020

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The limits of energy sufficiency

A review of the evidence for rebound effects and negative spillovers from behavioural change.


by Sorrell, S., Gatersleben, B. & Druckman, A .

Energy Research & Social Science, 64, p.101439.(2020).

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Pathways to 1.5-degree lifestyles by 2030


by SITRA

 

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Happier with less?

Members of European environmental grassroots initiatives reconcile lower carbon footprints with higher life satisfaction and income increases


by Vita, G. .

Energy Research & Social Science, 60, 101329.(2020).

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Scientists’ warning on affluence


by Thomas Wiedmann

Nature Communications

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Universal Basic Services

A theoretical and moral framework

 


by  Ian Gough

(2020)

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Power and Politics in Sustainable Consumption Research and Practice


 Isenhour, C., Martiskainen, M. & Middlemiss, L. (Eds.)

London: Routledge-SCORAI Studies in Sustainable Consumption (2019).

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The political economy of car dependence

A systems of provision approach.


 by Mattioli, G., Roberts, C., Steinberger, J., & Brown, A

Energy Research & Social Science, 66, 101486. (2020).

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Providing decent living with minimum energy:

A global scenario.


 by Millward-Hopkins, J., Steinberger, J., Rao, N., & Oswald, Y.

Global Environmental Change, 65, 102168 (2020).

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A reexamination on how behavioral interventions can promote household action to limit climate change


 by Stern, P. C.

Nature Communications, 11(1), 1-3. (2020).

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2019

It starts at home?

Climate policies targeting household consumption and behavioral decisions are key to low-carbon futures


by  Dubois, G., Sovacool, B., Aall, C., Nilsson, M., Barbier, C., Herrmann, A., & Dorner, F

Energy Research & Social Science, 52, 144-158. (2019)

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Sustainable living

bridging the North-South divide in lifestyles and consumption debates


by  Hayward, B. & Roy, J

Annu.Rev.Environ.Resour 44:157–75 (2019)

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1.5-Degree Lifestyles

Targets and Options for Reducing Lifestyle Carbon Footprints.


by Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Aalto University, and D-mat ltd

Technical Report. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Hayama, Japan.  (2019),

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Unraveling the claims for (and against) green growth


by Jackson, T. and Victor, P.A

Science, 22 November (2019).

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Introduction to A Research Agenda for Sustainable Consumption Governance


Mont, O.

A Research Agenda For Sustainable Consumption Governance, 1-17. ​(2019).

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Sufficiency and consumer behaviour

from theory to policy.


by Spangenberg, Joachim H., Lorek, Sylvia

Energy Policy 129: 1070‐1079.(2019).

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Managing Without Growth, Slower by Design, Not Disaster


by Peter A. Victor

2nd Edition, Edward Elga

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Measuring Prosperity—Navigating the options


by Walker, C. & T Jackson

CUSP Working Paper No 20. Guildford: University of Surrey (2019)

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Universal Basic Services

A theoretical and moral framework


by  Ian Gough

(2019)

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Energy sufficiency through social innovation in housing,


 by Sylvia Lorek, Joachim H. Spangenberg

Energy Policy 126 (2019).

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Advancing sustainable consumption and production in cities

A transdisciplinary research and stakeholder engagement framework to address consumption-based emissions and impacts


 by Patrick Schröder

Journal of Cleaner Production 213: 114-125 (2019).

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2018

Why achieving the Paris Agreement requires reduced overall consumption and production 


by  Eva Alfredsson

Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 14:1, 1-5. (2018)

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Critical sustainable consumption

a research agenda


by  Anantharaman, M.

Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 8 (4), 553–561 (2018)

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Bjørn, A Pursuing necessary reductions in embedded GHG emissions of developed nations

Will efficiency improvements and changes in consumption get us there?


by Bjørn, A

Global Environmental Change52, 314-324.(2018),

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Consumption-based GHG emissions of C40 cities


by C40 Cities

(2018)

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Introduction The fading American dream

Trends in absolute income mobility since 1940


by Raj Chetty .

Science 356, 398–406. ​(2018).

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SUFFICIENCY MOVING BEYOND THE GOSPEL OF ECO-EFFICIENCY


by Friends of the Earth:

.(2018).

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Achieving a shorter working week in the UK


by Harper, A. & Martin, A

New Economics Foundation. London. (2018).

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Degrowth


by Kallis, G.

New York: Columbia University Press. (2018)

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Sustainable Consumption

Key Issues


by Middlemiss, L.

London: Routledge. (2018)

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Framing the Economy: How to win the case for a better system

 

 


by New Economics Foundation

FrameWorks Institute, Public Interest Research Centre PIRC, and NEON. 2018.

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The Energy-emissions Trap


 by Martin R. Sers, Peter A. Victor

Ecological Economics Volume 151, 10-21 (2018).

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Redefining Green Growth within Planetary Boundaries


 by Stoknes, Per Espen and Johan Rockström

(2018).

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2017

Sustainability and Well-Being 

A Happy Synergy


by  Barrington-Leigh, Christopher

Great Transition Initiative (April 2017).

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Social Change and the Coming of Post-Consumer Society

Theoretical Advances and Policy Implications


by  Routledge

  Routledge (2017)

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Beyond Technology: Demand- Side Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation


by Creutzig, F., Fernandez, B., Haberl, H., Khosla, R., Mulugetta, Y., & Seto, K. C.

Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 41(1), 173–198.(2016),

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 Global carbon inequality


by Klaus Hubacek

 Energ. Ecol. Environ. (2017) 2(6):361–369

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Living both well and sustainably

a review of the literature, with some reflections on future research, interventions and policy


by Kasser, T .

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 375 (2095), 20160369. ​(2017).

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Documenting decline in U.S. economic mobility


by Lawrence F. Katz

Science VOL 356 ISSUE 6336 (2017).

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Sociotechnical transitions for deep decarbonization


by Frank Geels

Science 1244 2017 • VOL 357 ISSUE 6357 (2017).

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Global carbon inequality


by Klaus Hubacek.

Energ. Ecol. Environ. (2017) 2(6):361–369

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A NEW HEDONISM A Post-Consumerism Vision


by KATE SOPER

 

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Assessment of Policy Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production into National Policies


by Koide, R. & Akenji, L.

Resources, 6, 48. (2017)

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Doughnut Economics

Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century


 by Raworth, K.

Economist, New York: Random House Business Books.  (2017).

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Lifestyle Leapfrogging


 by Schroeder, P., & Anantharaman, M.

in Emerging Economies: Enabling Systemic Shifts to Sustainable Consumption’. Journal of Consumer Policy, 40(1), 3-23.(2017).

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Sustainable Consumption

An Important but Ambiguous Concept


 by P.J. Vergragt

in James Meadowcroft and Daniel J. Fiorino (eds.) 2017. Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy pp 390-425, MIT press.

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2016

From Consumerism to Wellbeing

toward a cultural transition?


by Brown, Halina S., and Philip J Vergragt.

Journal of Cleaner Production 132, 308-317. (2016)

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Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles

Principles and Emerging Practices


by Vergragt, P.J.

UNEP– Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch ​(2016).

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2015

Carbon and inequality

from Kyoto to Paris


by Chancel, L., & Piketty, T.

Paris School of Economics, 6. (2015).

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Prospects for radical emissions reduction through behavior and lifestyle change


by  Capstick, S., Lorenzoni, I., Corner, A., & Whitmarsh, L.

  Carbon management, 5(4), 429-445 (2016)

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Degrowth


by D’Alisa, G., Demaria, F., & Kallis, G.

Abingdon: Routledge. (2015)

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Economics for a Full World


by Daly, Herman.

Great Transition Initiative. ​(June 2015).

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Ecological footprints and lifestyle archetypes

Exploring dimensions of consumption and the transformation needed to achieve urban sustainability


by Moore, J.

Sustainability, 7(4), 4747-4763 (2016)

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Sustainable Consumption Toolkit


 by USDN.

  (2017).

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2014

Sustainable Consumption Corridors

Concept, Objections, and Responses


by Di Guilio, A. & D, Fuchs.

23/S1: 184 –192 (2014)

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Handbook of Research on Sustainable Consumption


Lucia Reisch and John Thøgersen (Eds.)

Edward Elgar Publishing ​(2016).

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2013

“Weak” or “strong” sustainable consumption?

Efficiency, degrowth, and the 10 year framework of programmes.


by Hobson K.

Environment and Planning C 31(6):1082–98 (2013).

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The Rebound Effect

Implications of Consumer Behaviour for Robust Energy Policies


by IRGC

 (2013)

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Strong sustainable consumption governance–precondition for a degrowth path?


by Lorek, S., & Fuchs, D.

   Journal of cleaner production38, 36-43.(2013).

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Sustainable food consumption

an overview of contemporary issues and policies


by Reisch, L., Eberle, U., & Lorek, S

Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy9(2), 7-25. (2013)

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2012

Cuing consumerism

Situational materialism undermines personal and social well-being


by Bauer, M. A., Wilkie, J. E., Kim, J. K., & Bodenhausen, G. V.

Psychological Science, 23(5), 517-523. (2012)

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Making Peace with the Earth


by Vandana Shiva

(2012)

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2011

Selling climate change?

The limitations of social marketing as a strategy for climate change public engagement


by Corner, A. & A. Randall

Global Environmental Change, 21(3): 1005-1014. (2011).

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Reviewing the Research

Report of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress


by Tim Jackson

 (2011)

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In defence of degrowth Ecological Economics


by Giorgos Kallis

   70, 5, 873-88 (2011).

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Personal Carbon Trading

A Radical Policy Option for Reducing Emissions from the Domestic Sector Environment


by Yael Paraga

Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 53: 1, 29 — 37 (2011)

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2010

Individual consumption and systemic societal transformation

Introduction to the special issue


by Cohen, M., Brown, H., & Vergragt, P

Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 6(2):6-12 (2010).

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Is efficient sufficient?


by Chris Calwell

 (2010)

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High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being


by Daniel Kahneman1 and Angus Deaton

(2010).

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Reframing individual responsibility for sustainable consumption

lessons from environmental justice and ecological citizenship


by Middlemiss, L.

Environmental Values 19 (2): 147–167.(2010).

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What’s blocking sustainability?

Human nature, cognition and denial


by William Rees

Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 6(2) 13-25. (2010)

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2009

The carbon footprint of UK households 1990–2004

a socio-economically disaggregated, quasi-multi-regional input–output model


by Druckman, A., & Jackson, T.

Ecological economics, 68(7), 2066-2077. (2009).

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Prosperity without growth?

The transition to a sustainable economy


by Tim Jackson

 (2019)

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Nudge

Improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness.


by Thaler, R. H., & Sunstein, C. R.

  London: Penguin.  (2009).

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The Spirit Level

Why Equality Is Better for Everyone


by Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, L.

London: Allen Lane. (2011)

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2008

Sustainable consumption

Perspectives from social and cultural theory


by Evans, D., & Jackson, T.

RESOLVE Working Paper 05-08, University of Surrey: Guildford. (2008)

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