1st Edition

Challenging Consumption Pathways to a more Sustainable Future

Edited By Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy, Henrike Rau Copyright 2014
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    Sustainable consumption is a central research topic in academic discourses of sustainable development and global environmental change. Informed by a number of disciplinary perspectives, this book is structured around four key themes in sustainable consumption research: Living, Moving, Dwelling and Futures. The collection successfully balances theoretical insights with grounded case studies, on mobility, heating, washing and eating practices, and concludes by exploring future sustainable consumption research pathways and policy recommendations. Theoretical frameworks are advanced throughout the volume, especially in relation to social practice theory, theories of behavioural change and innovative visioning and backcasting methodologies.

    This groundbreaking book draws on some conceptual approaches which move beyond the responsibility of the individual consumer to take into account wider social, economic and political structures and processes in order to highlight both possibilities for and challenges to sustainable consumption. This approach enables students and policy-makers alike to easily recognise the applicability of social science theories.

    1. Introduction Anna R. Davies, Frances Fahy and Henrike Rau Part 1: Living  2. Situating Sustainable Consumption in a Policy Context  Frances Fahy, Ruth Doyle, Henrike Rau, Anna R. Davies and Jessica Pape  3. Unpacking the challenges of researching sustainable consumption and lifestyles Mary Jo Lavelle and Frances Fahy  Part 2: Moving - Part Introduction Henrike Rau  4. Changing Everday Commuting Practices Barbara Heisserer 5. Consuming Distance or (all) Consuming Work? The case of Telework Mike Hynes  Part Summary Henrike Rau  Part 3: Dwelling - Part Introduction Anna R. Davies  6. Heating Ruth Doyle  7. Sustainable Washing: Adaptive practices and connecting with nature Ruth Doyle  8. Eating Anna R. Davies, Laura Devaney and Jessica Pape  Part Summary Anna R. Davies  Part 4: Futures  9. Conclusion: Moving on: Promising pathways to more sustainable futures Henrike Rau, Anna R. Davies and Frances


    Anna R. Davies is a Professor of Geography in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

    Frances Fahy is a lecturer in Environmental Geography at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

    Henrike Rau is a lecturer in Political Science and Sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway.