Publications in sustainable consumption and lifestyles which reflect the development of the 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.


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) (

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: 10.1080/15487733.2021.1907056

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.

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.

Urgent need for post-growth climate mitigation scenarios, by Hickel, J., Brockway, P., Kallis, G. et al.  Nat Energy 6, 766–768 (2021).

1.5 °C degrowth scenarios suggest the need for new mitigation pathways, by Keyßer, L.T., Lenzen, M. Nat Commun 12, 2676 (2021).

Sahakian M, Rau H, Grealis E, et al. (2021) Challenging social norms to recraft practices: A Living Lab approach to reducing household energy use in eight European countriesEnergy Research & Social Science 72: 101881.

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. 2021. 1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Towards A Fair Consumption Space for All. Hot or Cool Institute, Berlin. 2021.
ISBN 978-3-98664-001-9 (Print/paperback); ISBN 978-3-98664-002-6 (PDF)

Project Drawdown Project Drawdown 

Anastazija Dimitrova, Preparedness of Young People for a Sustainable Lifestyle: Awareness and Willingness Sustainability 2021, 13, 7204. 

Fabián Echegaray, Valerie Brachya, Philip J. Vergragt, Lei Zhang, Sustainable Lifestyles after Covid-19 Sustainable Lifestyles after Covid-19 – 1st Edition – Fabián Echegar ( (Routledge)

Daniel Fischer, Julia-Lena Reinermann, Georgina Guillen-Mandujano, C. Tyler DesRoches, Sonali Diddi, Philip J. Vergragt (2021) Sustainable Consumption Communication: A Review of an Emerging Field of Research, J. Cleaner Production 300: 126880 

Lorenz T. Keyßer et al, 1.5 °C degrowth scenarios suggest the need for new mitigation pathways. Nature Communications. 12, 2676 (2021).  … Related article with summary.

Manu Mathai et al. The Political Economy of (Un)Sustainable Production and Consumption: A Multidisciplinary Synthesis for Research and Action. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 2021 (Vol 167)

Peter Newell et al, Changing our ways? Behaviour change and the climate crisis The report of the Cambridge Sustainability Commission Cambridge-Sustainability-Commission-on-Scaling-behaviour-change-report (2).pdf

Jefim Vogel et al Socio-economic conditions for satisfying human needs at low energy use: An international analysis of social provisioning 


“Econ 101- In Need of Sustainability Transition”, by Inge Røpke. Ecological Economics 169: 106515-106527. . For a PDF copy please contact the author

Consumption-based carbon accounting: sense and sensibility, by Arnold Tukker, Hector Pollitt & Maurits Henkemans (2020)  Climate Policy, 20:sup1, S1 S13, DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2020.1728208

Providing decent living with minimum energy: A global scenario, by Joel Millward-Hopkins, Julia K. Steinberger and D.Rao Yannick Oswald. Global Environmental Change 65: 102168 (2020).

Akenji, L., 1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Targets and options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Aalto University and D-mat ltd. 15_Degree_Lifestyles_MainReport.pdf.

Cohen, M. J. (2020). ’New Conceptions of Sufficient Home Size in High Income Countries: Are we Approaching a Sustainable Consumption Transition? Housing, Theory and Society, 1 31.

Ian Gough Universal Basic Services: A theoretical and moral framework  Ian Gough-UBS.pdf

Kalaniemi, S., Ottelin, J., Heinonen, J., & Junnila, S. (2020). Downscaling consumption to universal basic income level falls short of sustainable carbon footprint in Finland. Environmental Science & Policy, 114, 377-383.

Ivanova, D., Barrett, J., Wiedenhofer, D., Macura, B., Callaghan, M., & Creutzig, F. (2020). Quantifying the potential for climate change mitigation of consumption options. Environmental Research Letters, 15(9), 093001.

Jackson, T. (2020). ‘Wellbeing matters: Tackling growth dependency’. An economy that works: Briefing Paper 3. Report for the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Limits to Growth February. 

Mattioli, G., Roberts, C., Steinberger, J., & Brown, A. (2020). The political economy of car dependence: A systems of provision approach. Energy Research & Social Science, 66, 101486.

Millward-Hopkins, J., Steinberger, J., Rao, N., & Oswald, Y. (2020). Providing decent living with minimum energy: A global scenario. Global Environmental Change, 65, 102168.

Daniel Rosenbloom Why carbon pricing is not sufficient to mitigate climate change—and how “sustainability transition policy” can help Opinion: Why carbon pricing is not sufficient to mitigate climate change—and how “sustainability transition policy” can help | PNAS


Sorrell, S., Gatersleben, B. & Druckman, A., (2020). ‘The limits of energy sufficiency: A review of the evidence for rebound effects and negative spillovers from behavioural change’. Energy Research & Social Science, 64, p.101439.

SITRA: Pathways to 1.5-degree lifestyles by 2030 Pathways to 1.5-degree lifestyles by 2030 – Sitra

Spaargaren, G. (2011). ‘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’. Global Environmental Change 21, 813-822

Stern, P. C. (2020). ‘A reexamination on how behavioral interventions can promote household action to limit climate change’. Nature Communications, 11(1), 1-3.

Vita, G. et al (2020). ‘Happier with less? Members of European environmental grassroots initiatives reconcile lower carbon footprints with higher life satisfaction and income increases’. Energy Research & Social Science, 60, 101329.

Thomas Wiedmann Scientists’ warning on affluence Nature Communications Reducing consumption-Steinberger-Wiedenman.pdf



Dubois, G., Sovacool, B., Aall, C., Nilsson, M., Barbier, C., Herrmann, A., & Dorner, F. (2019). ‘It starts at home? Climate policies targeting household consumption and behavioral decisions are key to low-carbon futures’. Energy Research & Social Science, 52, 144-158.

Hayward, B. & Roy, J. (2019) Sustainable living: bridging the North-South divide in lifestyles and consumption debates. Annu.Rev.Environ.Resour 44:157–75 

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Aalto University, and D-mat ltd. (2019). 1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Targets and Options for Reducing Lifestyle Carbon Footprints. Technical Report. Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Hayama, Japan. 

Isenhour, C., Martiskainen, M. & Middlemiss, L. (Eds.) (2019) Power and Politics in Sustainable Consumption Research and Practice. London: Routledge-SCORAI Studies in Sustainable Consumption.

Jackson, T. and Victor, P.A. ‘Unraveling the claims for (and against) green growth’ Science, 22 November 2019:

Sylvia Lorek, Joachim H. Spangenberg Energy sufficiency through social innovation in housing,. Energy Policy 126, (2019), 287-294.

Mont, O. (2019). ‘Introduction to A Research Agenda for Sustainable Consumption Governance’. A Research Agenda For Sustainable Consumption Governance, 1-17. .

Patrick Schröder, et al Advancing sustainable consumption and production in cities – A transdisciplinary research and stakeholder engagement framework to address consumption-based emissions and impacts, Journal of Cleaner Production 213: 114-125

Spangenberg, Joachim H., Lorek, Sylvia. 2019. Sufficiency and consumer behaviour: from theory to policy. Energy Policy 129: 1070‐1079.  .

Peter A. Victor Managing Without Growth, Slower by Design, Not Disaster 2nd Edition, Edward Elgar

Walker, C. & T Jackson. (2019). Measuring Prosperity—Navigating the options. CUSP Working Paper No 20. Guildford: University of Surrey. Online at:


Eva Alfredsson, et al (2018) Why achieving the Paris Agreement requires reduced overall consumption and production, Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy, 14:1, 1-5, 

Anantharaman, M. (2018) Critical sustainable consumption: a research agenda. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 8 (4), 553–561.

Bjørn, A., et al . Pursuing necessary reductions in embedded GHG emissions of developed nations: Will efficiency improvements and changes in consumption get us there? Global Environmental Change52, 314-324. 

C40 Cities: Consumption-based GHG emissions of C40 cities C40-consumption-based-emissions.pdf

Raj Chetty   The fading American dream: Trends in absolute income mobility since 1940 Science 356, 398–406 Chetty et al 2017 Science.pdf

Friends of the Earth: SUFFICIENCY MOVING BEYOND THE GOSPEL OF ECO-EFFICIENCY Friend of Earth_sufficiency_booklet.pdf

Harper, A. & Martin, A. (2018). Achieving a shorter working week in the UK. New Economics Foundation. London. 

Kallis, G. (2018). Degrowth, New York: Columbia University Press.

Middlemiss, L. (2018) Sustainable Consumption: Key Issues. London: Routledge.

Martin R. Sers, Peter A. Victor The Energy-emissions Trap Ecological Economics Volume 151, 10-21

The Energy Emissions Trap.pdf

Stoknes, Per Espen and Johan Rockström Redefining Green Growth within Planetary Boundaries 2018-Rockstrom-GreenGrowthNordics.pdf


Barrington-Leigh, Christopher. “Sustainability and Well-Being: A Happy Synergy.” Great Transition Initiative (April 2017).

Maurie Cohen, Halina Szejnwald Brown, Philip J Vergragt (2017) “Social Change and the Coming of Post-Consumer Society: Theoretical Advances and Policy Implications” , Routledge

Creutzig, F., Fernandez, B., Haberl, H., Khosla, R., Mulugetta, Y., & Seto, K. C. (2016). ‘Beyond Technology: Demand- Side Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation’. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 41(1), 173–198.

Klaus Hubacek et al Global carbon inequality  Energ. Ecol. Environ. (2017) 2(6):361–369  Global carbon inequality (

Kasser, T. (2017). ‘Living both well and sustainably: a review of the literature, with some reflections on future research, interventions and policy’. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 375 (2095), 20160369.

Koide, R. & Akenji, L. (2017). ‘Assessment of Policy Integration of Sustainable Consumption and Production into National Policies’. Resources, 6, 48.

Lawrence F. Katz Documenting decline in U.S. economic mobility Science VOL 356 ISSUE 6336 Katz Krueger 2017 Science.pdf

Frank Geels et al.: Sociotechnical transitions for deep decarbonization Science 1244 2017 • VOL 357 ISSUE 6357 Geels et al-Science-Transitions.pdf

Klaus Hubacek Global carbon inequality Energ. Ecol. Environ. (2017) 2(6):361–369  Hubacek-Ener.Ecol.Env.-2017-Global Carbon Inequality.pdf

Raworth, K. (2017). Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, New York: Random House Business Books. 

Schroeder, P., & Anantharaman, M. (2017). “Lifestyle Leapfrogging” in Emerging Economies: Enabling Systemic Shifts to Sustainable Consumption’. Journal of Consumer Policy, 40(1), 3-23. 

KATE SOPER: A NEW HEDONISM A Post-Consumerism Vision Consumerism_Full.pdf 

P.J. Vergragt, Sustainable Consumption: An Important but Ambiguous Concept, in James Meadowcroft and Daniel J. Fiorino (eds.) 2017. Conceptual Innovation in Environmental Policy pp 390-425, MIT press 


Brown, Halina S., and Philip J Vergragt. 2016. From Consumerism to Wellbeing: toward a cultural transition? Journal of Cleaner Production 132, 308-317. 

Vergragt, P.J. et al (2016) Fostering and Communicating Sustainable Lifestyles: Principles and Emerging Practices, UNEP– Sustainable Lifestyles, Cities and Industry Branch, 


Chancel, L., & Piketty, T. (2015). ‘Carbon and inequality: from Kyoto to Paris’. Paris School of Economics, 6.

Capstick, S., Lorenzoni, I., Corner, A., & Whitmarsh, L. (2015). ‘Prospects for radical emissions reduction through behavior and lifestyle change’. Carbon management, 5(4), 429-445.

D’Alisa, G., Demaria, F., & Kallis, G. (2015). Degrowth. Abingdon: Routledge. 

Daly, Herman. “Economics for a Full World.” Great Transition Initiative (June 2015).

Moore, J. (2015). ‘Ecological footprints and lifestyle archetypes: Exploring dimensions of consumption and the transformation needed to achieve urban sustainability’. Sustainability, 7(4), 4747-4763. 

USDN Sustainable Consumption Toolkit   USDN Sustainable Consumption Toolkit


Di Guilio, A. & D, Fuchs. (2014). ‘Sustainable Consumption Corridors: Concept, Objections, and Responses GAIA 23/S1: 184 –192.

Lucia Reisch and John Thøgersen (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Sustainable Consumption, Edward Elgar Publishing


Hobson K. (2013) “Weak” or “strong” sustainable consumption? Efficiency, degrowth, and the 10 year framework of programmes. Environment and Planning C 31(6):1082–98

IRGC The Rebound Effect: Implications of Consumer Behaviour for Robust Energy Policies

Lorek, S., & Fuchs, D. (2013). Strong sustainable consumption governance–precondition for a degrowth path?. Journal of cleaner production38, 36-43. ssoar-2011-fuchs_et_al-strong_sustainable_consumption_governance_.pdf

Reisch, L., Eberle, U., & Lorek, S. (2013). Sustainable food consumption: an overview of contemporary issues and policiesSustainability: Science, Practice and Policy9(2), 7-25.


Bauer, M. A., Wilkie, J. E., Kim, J. K., & Bodenhausen, G. V. (2012). ‘Cuing consumerism: Situational materialism undermines personal and social well-being’. Psychological Science, 23(5), 517-523.

Vandana Shiva Making Peace with the Earth


Corner, A. & A. Randall (2011). ‘Selling climate change? The limitations of social marketing as a strategy for climate change public engagement’, Global Environmental Change, 21(3): 1005-1014.

Tim Jackson Reviewing the Research: Report of the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress Environment2011Jackson.pdf

Giorgos Kallis In defence of degrowth Ecological Economics 70, 5, 873-88 Kallis-2010-In-defense-of-degrowth.pdf

Yael Paraga Personal Carbon Trading: A Radical Policy Option for Reducing Emissions from the Domestic Sector Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 53: 1, 29 — 37 Personal Carbon budget-Environment 2011.pdf


Cohen, M., Brown, H., & Vergragt, P. 2010. Individual consumption and systemic societal transformation: introduction to the special issue. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 6(2):6-12. Individual consumption and systemic societal transformation: introduction to the special issue (

Chris Calwell Is efficient sufficient? Calwell-eceee_Progressive_Efficiency[1][1].pdf 

Daniel Kahneman1 and Angus Deaton High income improves evaluation of life but not emotional well-being KahmemanDeaton-PNAS-2010-Unmarked.pdf 

Middlemiss, L. (2010) Reframing individual responsibility for sustainable consumption: lessons from environmental justice and ecological citizenship. Environmental Values 19 (2): 147–167. doi:10.3197/096327110X12699420220518 

William Rees What’s blocking sustainability? Human nature, cognition and denial Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy 6(2) 13-25. What’s blocking sustainability? Human nature, cognition, and denial (


Druckman, A., & Jackson, T. (2009). ‘The carbon footprint of UK households 1990–2004: a socio-economically disaggregated, quasi-multi-regional input–output model’. Ecological economics, 68(7), 2066-2077.

Tim Jackson Prosperity without growth? The transition to a sustainable economy UK_prosperity_without_growth_April-09.pdf

Thaler, R. H., & Sunstein, C. R. (2009). Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness. London: Penguin. 

Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, L. (2009). The Spirit Level: Why Equality Is Better for Everyone, London: Allen Lane.


Evans, D., & Jackson, T. (2008). ‘Sustainable consumption: Perspectives from social and cultural theory’. RESOLVE Working Paper 05-08, University of Surrey: Guildford.