Smart Green World?: Making Digitalization Work for Sustainability, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Smart Green World?

Making Digitalization Work for Sustainability, 1st Edition

By Steffen Lange, Tilman Santarius


192 pages

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Hardback: 9780367467616
pub: 2020-05-12
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In this book, the authors investigate how digitization can influence environmental and social sustainability. The digital revolution is currently changing the daily lives of billions of people worldwide. It is also disrupting the economy, generating new opportunities and creating new challenges. Many sustainability researchers and representatives of civil society have been insisting for years that our economic model and consumerist lifestyle need to change to overcome the challenges facing the 21st-century world. Can the much-discussed disruption potential of digitalization be harnessed for this purpose?

Smart Green World? provides guiding principles for sustainable digitalization and develops hands-on proposals that show how politicians, individuals, businesses and civil society actors can help achieve it. Can digitalization foster the transition to 100% renewable energy? Do sharing and "prosuming" transform consumption patterns towards sustainability – or do personalized commercials and an accelerated lifestyle lead to more consumption of things we don’t need? How many people will lose their jobs? Who will win and lose in the digital age? This book not only analyses the ecological and economic implications of digitalization; it also shows how we can actively shape the digital future in order to make it a driving force for sustainable social transformation.

Providing a clear and practical assessment of the role digitalization can play in a sustainable future, Smart Green World? Making Digitalization Work for Sustainability will be of great interest to students of sustainability and sustainable development, as well as those grappling with sustainability policy and practice in their professional life.

Table of Contents


List of Figures


1. Disruption for a sustainable future?

2. Hidden drivers of digitalization

3. Saving nature with bits and bytes?

4. Social justice through automation and algorithms?

5. Principles for sustainable digitalization

6. Agenda for a connected society / network society

7. Towards soft digitalization



About the Authors

Steffen Lange is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research, Germany.

Tilman Santarius is a Professor at the Technical University of Berlin and the Einstein Centre Digital Futures, as well as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Sustainability

Sustainability has become one of the most pressing social, environmental, economic, cultural and political issues of our times. Yet the meaning of ‘sustainability’ remains elusive.

This series provides original insights from across the social sciences and humanities on the meaning and practice of sustainability. It offers both theoretical and practical analysis of ‘sustainability’, including social sustainability, sustainable consumption, democratic sustainability and sustainable behaviour.

These interdisciplinary books give students, researchers, policy makers and practitioners the latest thinking from international authors. This thought-provoking series draws on and is relevant to those working in a wide-range of disciplines, including environment, development, sociology, politics, philosophy, business and marketing, media, geography, and anthropology.

To submit proposals, please contact the Editor, Rebecca Brennan ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Digital Media / General
NATURE / Ecology
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / Digital