March 3, 2017

New Publications in Sustainable Consumption Research

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May 2017

Seonaidh McDonald, Caroline J. Oates, Panayiota J. Alevizou. 2016. “No Through Road: A Critical Examination of Researcher Assumptions and Approaches to Researching Sustainability“, in Naresh K. Malhotra (ed.) Marketing in and for a Sustainable Society (Review of Marketing Research, Volume 13) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.139 – 168

The purpose of this paper is to examine the ways in which academic researchers frame and conduct sustainability research and to ask to what extent we are limited by these frames.Our approach is based on an epistemological critique. We begin with a discussion of the ways in which sustainable consumption has been conceptualised within marketing; we question the influence of positivist social science research traditions and examine how research on sustainability is impacted by the structure of academia.Our critical reflection leads us to suggest three ways in which sustainability research might be re-framed: a reconsideration of language, a shift in the locus of responsibility and the adoption of a holistic approach.We propose that in order to make progress in sustainability research, alternative frames, terms, units of analysis, method(ologies) and research ambitions are needed.By making visible our collective, unexamined assumptions, we can now move forward with new questions and agendas for sustainability research.


Horne, Christine and Emily Huddart Kennedy. 2017. ” The power of social norms for reducing and shifting electricity use“. Energy Policy, 107:43-52.

New technologies are creating possibilities for making household energy consumption visible. With these technologies come opportunities for harnessing the power of social norms (viewed here as rules that are socially enforced) to affect energy consumption. But will those norms favor reductions in energy use? To answer this question, we conduct three online experiments with U.S. participants to assess individual values and normative expectations regarding household carbon emissions. We find that participants both value reducing carbon emissions and expect that others support reductions. The results have implications for non-monetary strategies for affecting household energy consumption. In particular, they suggest that it may be possible to harness the power of social norms not only to directly affect household electricity consumption, but also to shift time of use in ways that facilitate increased incorporation of renewable sources of electricity generation, and therefore a reduced carbon footprint for the grid.


Dauncey, G.

A New Cooperative Economy


Theme issue “Material demand reduction” compiled and edited by Julian M. Allwood, Timothy G. Gutowski, Ernst Worrell, André Cabrera Serrenho and Alexandra C. H. Skelton

13 June 2017; volume 375, issue 2095


Mangla, S.K., Govindan, K., Luthra, S.
Prioritizing the barriers to achieve sustainable consumption and production trends in supply chains using fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process
(2017) Journal of Cleaner Production, 151, pp. 509-525.


Song, S., Ko, E.
Perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors toward sustainable fashion: Application of Q and Q-R methodologies
(2017) International Journal of Consumer Studies, 41 (3), pp. 264-273.


Heydari, J., Govindan, K., Jafari, A.
Reverse and closed loop supply chain coordination by considering government role
(2017) Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 52, pp. 379-398.


Binder, M., Blankenberg, A.-K.
Green lifestyles and subjective well-being: More about self-image than actual behavior?
(2017) Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 137, pp. 304-323.


Krause, K., Battenfeld, D.
Coming Out of the Niche? Social Banking in Germany: An Empirical Analysis of Consumer Characteristics and Market Size
(2017) Journal of Business Ethics, pp. 1-23. Article in Press.


Brons, A., Oosterveer, P.
Making sense of sustainability: A practice theories approach to buying food
(2017) Sustainability (Switzerland), 9 (3), art. no. 467,.


Yun, C., Patwary, S., LeHew, M.L.A., Kim, J.
Sustainable care of textile products and its environmental impact: Tumble-drying and ironing processes
(2017) Fibers and Polymers, 18 (3), pp. 590-596.


van den Burg, S.W.K., Stuiver, M., Bolman, B.C., Wijnen, R., Selnes, T., Dalton, G.
Mobilizing investors for blue growth
(2017) Frontiers in Marine Science, 3 (JAN), art. no. 291, .


Michaud, C., Joly, I., Llerena, D., Lobasenko, V.
Consumers’ willingness to pay for sustainable and innovative products: A choice experiment with upgradeable products
(2017) International Journal of Sustainable Development, 20 (1-2), pp. 8-32.


Beylot, A., Boitier, B., Lancesseur, N., Villeneuve, J.
The Waste Footprint of French Households in 2020: A Comparison of Scenarios of Consumption Growth Using Input-Output Analysis
(2017) Journal of Industrial Ecology, . Article in Press.

April 2017

Germany’s National Programme on Sustainable Consumption


Grebitus, C., Printezis, I., Printezis, A.
Relationship between Consumer Behavior and Success of Urban Agriculture
(2017) Ecological Economics, 136, pp. 189-200.


Scalco, A., Noventa, S., Sartori, R., Ceschi, A.
Predicting organic food consumption: A meta-analytic structural equation model based on the theory of planned behavior
(2017) Appetite, 112, pp. 235-248.


Santeramo, F.G., Carlucci, D., De Devitiis, B., Nardone, G., Viscecchia, R.
On consumption patterns in oyster markets: The role of attitudes
(2017) Marine Policy, 79, pp. 54-61.


Tseng, M.-L., Chiu, A.S.F., Liang, D.
Sustainable consumption and production in business decision-making models
(2017) Resources, Conservation and Recycling, . Article in Press.


Damacena, C., Mross, J.B., Antoni, V.L.
Attitudes, behaviors and cognitive dissonance: A study about the sustainable consumption of water [Atitudes, comportamentos e dissonância cognitiva: Um estudo do consumo sustentável de água]
(2017) Espacios, 38 (7), art. no. 25, .


Ferreira, P.G., Da Silva, F.C., Ferreira, V.F.
The importance of chemistry for the circular economy [A Importância da Química para a Economia Circular]
(2017) Revista Virtual de Quimica, 9 (1), pp. 452-473.


Karimu, A., Adu, G., Marbuah, G., Mensah, J.T., Amuakwa-Mensah, F.
Natural Resource Revenues and Public Investment in Resource-rich Economies in Sub-Saharan Africa
(2017) Review of Development Economics, . Article in Press.


Yildirim, S., Yildirim, D.C., Gedikli, A.
Sustainable consumption trends in the world in the context of green economy and sustainability
(2016) Handbook of Research on Green Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies, pp. 65-84.


Sutton-Brady, C., Raswant, A.
Organic cooperatives facilitating sustainable consumption
(2016) Handbook of Research on Green Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies, pp. 85-99.


McCarthy, B., Liu, H.-B., Chen, T.
Innovations in the agro-food system: Adoption of certified organic food and green food by Chinese consumers
(2016) British Food Journal, 118 (6), pp. 1334-1349.


Tripathi, A., Singh, M.P.
Determinants of sustainable/green consumption: A review
(2016) International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, 19 (3-4), pp. 316-358.


Brough, A.R., Wilkie, J.E.B., Ma, J., Isaac, M.S., Gal, D.
The green-feminine stereotype and its effect on sustainable consumption
(2016) Journal of Consumer Research, 43 (4), pp. 567-582.


Huang, W., Hu, Y., Ren, Y., Cui, S., Gao, B.
Carbon emission of agricultural production associated with urban food consumption: Ningbo as a case study
(2015) Huanjing Kexue Xuebao/Acta Scientiae Circumstantiae, 35 (12), pp. 4102-4111.


Jing, X.J., Savage, V.R.
Sustainability in Singapore: An ecological footprint perspective
(2014) Sustainability matters: Asia’s energy concerns, green policies and environmental advocacy, 1, pp. 329-362.

March 2017

Scalco, A., Noventa, S., Sartori, R., Ceschi, A.
Predicting organic food consumption: A meta-analytic structural equation model based on the theory of planned behavior
(2017) Appetite, 112, pp. 235-248.

Santeramo, F.G., Carlucci, D., De Devitiis, B., Nardone, G., Viscecchia, R.
On consumption patterns in oyster markets: The role of attitudes
(2017) Marine Policy, 79, pp. 54-61.

Millward-Hopkins, J., Gouldson, A., Scott, K., Barrett, J., Sudmant, A.
Uncovering blind spots in urban carbon management: the role of consumption-based carbon accounting in Bristol, UK
(2017) Regional Environmental Change, pp. 1-12. Article in Press.


Biswas, A.
A consumption value-gap analysis for sustainable consumption
(2017) Environmental Science and Pollution Research, pp. 1-12. Article in Press.


February 2017

Bocken, N.
Business-led sustainable consumption initiatives: impacts and lessons learned
(2017) Journal of Management Development, 36 (1), pp. 81-96.


Lobasenko, V., Llerena, D.
Elicitation of willingness to pay for upgradeable products with calibrated auction-conjoint method
(2017) Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, pp. 1-20. Article in Press.


Küçüksayraç, E., Wever, R., Brezet, H.
Universities’ intermediary role in the “design for sustainability” field: Case studies from the Netherlands and Turkey
(2017) International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 18 (3), pp. 455-472.