Special Issue "Sustainability and Consumption"

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A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2011)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jack Barkenbus
Vanderbilt Institute for Energy & Environment, USA
Website: http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/user/115713
E-Mail: jack.barkenbus@vanderbilt.edu
Phone: +615 343 1041
Fax: +615 322 7012
Interests: climate change; sustainable development; energy; clean technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • sustainable lifestyles
  • policy framing and policy tools
  • behavioural change
  • socio-psychological research
  • cultural change
  • resource conservation systems
  • comparative perspectives
  • market segmentation
  • behavioural economics

Published Papers (18 papers)

Sustainability 2011, 3(8), 1234-1249; doi:10.3390/su3081234
Received: 4 May 2011; in revised form: 23 July 2011 / Accepted: 8 August 2011 / Published: 16 August 2011
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Sustainability 2011, 3(7), 957-964; doi:10.3390/su3070957
Received: 15 June 2011; Accepted: 22 June 2011 / Published: 6 July 2011
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Sustainability 2011, 3(6), 789-808; doi:10.3390/su3060789
Received: 20 April 2011; in revised form: 16 May 2011 / Accepted: 23 May 2011 / Published: 7 June 2011
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Sustainability 2010, 2(9), 2849-2872; doi:10.3390/su2092849
Received: 21 June 2010; Accepted: 3 September 2010 / Published: 13 September 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(8), 2573-2592; doi:10.3390/su2082573
Received: 10 July 2010; Accepted: 9 August 2010 / Published: 10 August 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 2349-2364; doi:10.3390/su2072349
Received: 6 June 2010; in revised form: 30 June 2010 / Accepted: 14 July 2010 / Published: 22 July 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 2279-2301; doi:10.3390/su2072279
Received: 8 June 2010; in revised form: 23 June 2010 / Accepted: 12 July 2010 / Published: 20 July 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 2232-2252; doi:10.3390/su2072232
Received: 27 May 2010; in revised form: 17 June 2010 / Accepted: 7 July 2010 / Published: 16 July 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 2084-2116; doi:10.3390/su2072084
Received: 11 June 2010; Accepted: 22 June 2010 / Published: 12 July 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 1887-1908; doi:10.3390/su2071887
Received: 21 May 2010; in revised form: 31 May 2010 / Accepted: 4 June 2010 / Published: 30 June 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 1869-1886; doi:10.3390/su2071869
Received: 21 May 2010; in revised form: 3 June 2010 / Accepted: 8 June 2010 / Published: 29 June 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(7), 1849-1868; doi:10.3390/su2071849
Received: 19 May 2010; in revised form: 4 June 2010 / Accepted: 8 June 2010 / Published: 29 June 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(6), 1810-1830; doi:10.3390/su2061810
Received: 19 May 2010; in revised form: 10 June 2010 / Accepted: 14 June 2010 / Published: 23 June 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(6), 1492-1509; doi:10.3390/su2061492
Received: 13 April 2010; in revised form: 26 April 2010 / Accepted: 24 May 2010 / Published: 1 June 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(5), 1431-1447; doi:10.3390/su2051431
Received: 1 April 2010; in revised form: 15 May 2010 / Accepted: 21 May 2010 / Published: 25 May 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(5), 1408-1430; doi:10.3390/su2051408
Received: 30 March 2010; in revised form: 5 May 2010 / Accepted: 12 May 2010 / Published: 20 May 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(4), 1055-1079; doi:10.3390/su2041055
Received: 21 February 2010; in revised form: 12 March 2010 / Accepted: 15 April 2010 / Published: 20 April 2010
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Sustainability 2010, 2(3), 812-832; doi:10.3390/su2030812
Received: 3 February 2010; in revised form: 4 March 2010 / Accepted: 11 March 2010 / Published: 17 March 2010
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