Special Issue "Sustainability and Consumption"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2011)
Dr. Jack Barkenbus (Website)
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment, USA
Phone: 615 343-1041
Fax: +615 322 7012
Interests: climate change; sustainable development; energy; clean technology
It is clear that our current consumption patterns are producing environmental degradation that imperils future generations. More prudent resource consumption must replace over-consumption in the wealthier states and accompany growing consumption in the developing states. While these principles are widely-acknowledged, the path to a more sustainable future is still unclear. Low-carbon technologies, of course, have an important role to play; but they must be accompanied by resource consuming behaviours capable of sustaining a global population of 9 billion inhabitants in the year 2050.
This issue seeks manuscripts that highlight research at the intersection of consumption and sustainability. Multidisciplinary contributions are welcome ranging from a social-psychological perspective on individual behaviour change to a broader institutional approach. It is recognized that consumption occurs in a collective socio-cultural context, and policy tools designed to address contextual influences can be important. Articles dealing with consumption from a comparative perspective are especially welcome, revealing established habits and practices across states, as well as segmentation of the populace within states. The results of efforts to frame or transform consumption in new, more resource-conserving, ways, need highlighting as well, looking at how the media can be enlisted in the cause. Though earth-friendly lifestyles are not uncommon in any society, the challenge is to make such lifestyles palatable and attractive to the mainstream; this issue seeks to explore wide-ranging policy approaches that attempt to do so.
Dr. Jack Barkenbus
- sustainable lifestyles
- policy framing and policy tools
- behavioural change
- socio-psychological research
- cultural change
- resource conservation systems
- comparative perspectives
- market segmentation
- behavioural economics