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Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 341; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020341

The Advent of Practice Theories in Research on Sustainable Consumption: Past, Current and Future Directions of the Field

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Istituto di Management, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 56127 Pisa, Italy
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ITM School of Industrial Engineering and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
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Laboratory for Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, Station 2, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Research Center, Léonard de Vinci Pôle Universitaire, 92916 Paris La Défense, France
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The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ, UK
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Received: 7 December 2018 / Revised: 28 December 2018 / Accepted: 7 January 2019 / Published: 11 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Abstract

The application of practice theories in the domain of sustainability research in consumer studies is increasingly advocated based on the premise that this allows to analyse consumption as a social phenomenon. Consequently, the applications of social practice theories to this field are expanding geometrically and to date, little retrospective work on this evolution has been made. We conduct a bibliometric analysis of applications of practice theories in the domain of sustainability research in consumer studies. Our results show a temporal succession of research trends: ‘consumer identity’ dominated the field between 2009 and 2012, ‘business and governance’ between 2012 and 2014, ‘sustainable consumption and production’ between 2013 and 2014, ‘urban living and policy’ between 2014 and 2015 and ‘household energy’ from 2015 until the present. We see a high potential of future applications of practice theories in the fields of the sharing and circular economy, as well as in research on smart cities. We provide new insights into the evolution and future trends of applications of social practice theory to domains that are relevant for research on sustainability and consumer studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainability; sustainable consumption; bibliometric analysis; practice theory; circular economy; sharing economy; smart city sustainability; sustainable consumption; bibliometric analysis; practice theory; circular economy; sharing economy; smart city
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Corsini, F.; Laurenti, R.; Meinherz, F.; Appio, F.P.; Mora, L. The Advent of Practice Theories in Research on Sustainable Consumption: Past, Current and Future Directions of the Field. Sustainability 2019, 11, 341.

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