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Module Reading List

Sustainable Consumption, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Lucie Middlemiss
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Note that useful background reading texts are marked with a *.


*Cohen, M. & J. Murphy (Eds.) (2001) Exploring sustainable consumption : environmental policy and the social sciences. Oxford: Pergamon.

Jackson,T. (Ed.) 2006. The Earthscan reader in sustainable consumption. London: Earthscan.

Princen, T., M. Maniates & K. Conca (Eds.) 2002. Confronting consumption. MIT Press.

Princen, P. 1999. Consumption and Environment: Some Conceptual Issues. Ecological economics., 31 (3), pp. 347-363.

*Southerton, D. & D. Welch. 2016. Focus: New Directions in Sustainable Consumption. Discover Society. - Available online: http://discoversociety.org/2016/01/05/focus-new-directions-in-sustainable-consumption/

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The problem

*Baiocchi, G., Minx, J. and Hubacek, K. 2010. The Impact of Social Factors and Consumer Behavior on Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the United Kingdom. Journal of industrial ecology., 14: 50–72. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-9290.2009.00216.x

*Barrett, J., et al. 2005. Exploring the Application of the Ecological Footprint to Sustainable Consumption Policy. Journal of environmental policy and planning.., 7 (4), pp. 303-316. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva

Druckman, A., Jackson, T. 2009. The carbon footprint of UK households 1990–2004: A socio-economically disaggregated, quasi-multi-regional input–output model. Ecological economics. 68, 2066-2077.

Redclift, M. 1996: Wasted : counting the costs of global consumption. London: Earthscan.

Wackernagel, M. & W.E. Rees. 1996. Our ecological footprint : reducing human impact on the earth Gabriola Island, B.C: New Society Publishers.

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Sustainable consumption in social context

Fahmy, E., J. Thumin & V. White. 2011. The Distribution of Uk Household Co2 Emissions. York: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/distribution-uk-household-emissions .

Gough, I. 2013. Carbon Mitigation Policies, Distributional Dilemmas and Social Policies. Journal of social policy. 42  (02), 191-213.

Judkins, B. & L. Presser. 2008. Division of Eco-Friendly Household Labor and the Marital Relationship. Journal of social and personal relationships. 25  (6), 923-941.

*MacGregor, S. 2016. Go ask 'Gladys': why gender matters in sustainable consumption research. Discover Society. - Available online: http://discoversociety.org/2016/01/05/go-ask-gladys-why-gender-matters-in-energy-consumption-research/

Middlemiss, L.K. 2010. Reframing Individual Responsibility for Sustainable Consumption: Lessons from Environmental Justice and Ecological Citizenship. Environmental values.  19, 147-167.

*Middlemiss, L. & R. Gillard. 2015. Fuel Poverty from the Bottom-Up: Characterising Household Energy Vulnerability through the Lived Experience of the Fuel Poor. Energy research & social science, 6 (0), 146-154.

Seyfang, G. & J. Paavola. 2008. Inequality and Sustainable Consumption: Bridging the Gaps. Local environment. 13  (8), pp. 669-684.

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People just don’t understand

Dobson, A. 2003. Citizenship and the Environment. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dobson, A. 2007. Environmental Citizenship: Towards Sustainable Development. Sustainable development (Bradford, West Yorkshire, England), 15, 276-285.

*Hobson, K. 2002. Competing Discourses of Sustainable Consumption: Does the 'Rationalisation of Lifestyles' Make Sense? Environmental politics., 11 (2), pp. 95-120.

Sutcliffe, M., P. Hooper & R. Howell. 2008. Can Eco-Footprinting Analysis Be Used Successfully to Encourage More Sustainable Behaviour at the Household Level? Sustainable development (Bradford, West Yorkshire, England), 16 (1), pp. 1-16.

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People are selfish

Maniates, M. F. 2001. Individualization: Plant a Tree, Buy a Bike, Save the World? Global environmental politics, 1 , 31-52.

*Middlemiss, L. 2014. Individualised or Participatory? Exploring Late-Modern Identity and Sustainable Development. Environmental politics., 23 (6), 929-946.

*Reisch, L.A. & I. Ropke (Eds.) 2004. The ecological economics of consumption. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Seyfang, G. 2009. The new economics of sustainable consumption : seeds of change. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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It’s all about values

*Bamberg, S. & G. Möser. 2007. Twenty Years after Hines, Hungerford, and Tomera: A New Meta-Analysis of Psycho-Social Determinants of Pro-Environmental Behaviour. Journal of environmental psychology., 27 (1), 14-25.

Gardner, G. & P. Stern. 2002. Environmental problems and human behavior. Boston, Ma.: Pearson Custom Publishing.

Harrison, C., T. Newholm & D. Shaw (Eds.) (2005) The ethical consumer. Sage.

Jensen, B.B. 2002. Knowledge, Action and Pro-Environmental Behaviour. Environmental education research., 8 (3), pp. 325-334.

Kollmuss, A. & J. Agyeman. 2002. Mind the Gap: Why Do People Act Environmentally and What Are the Barriers to Pro-Environmental Behaviour? Environmental education research., 8 (3), pp. 239-260.

Maiteny, P. 2002. Mind in the Gap: Summary of Research Exploring 'Inner' Influences on Pro-Sustainability Learning and Behaviour. Environmental education research., 8 (3), pp. 299-306.

*Russell, S. & A. Griffiths. 2008. The Role of Emotions in Driving Workplace Pro-Environmental Behaviors. In Research companion to emotion in organizations, edited by N.M. Ashkanasy, W.J. Zerbe & C.E.J. Härtel (Eds.). EBook available

Thogersen, J. & F. Olander. 2003. Spillover of Environment-Friendly Consumer Behaviour. Journal of environmental psychology., 23, pp. 225-236.

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We don’t have a choice

Sanne, C. 2002. Willing Consumers - or Locked-In? Policies for a Sustainable Consumption. Ecological economics., 42, pp. 273-287.

*Shove, E. 2003. Comfort, cleanliness and convenience : the social organization of normality. Oxford: Berg Publisher.

Shove, E. 2010. Beyond the ABC: climate change policy and theories of social change. Environment and planning. A : environment and planning. 42, 1273-1285.

Southerton, D., H. Chappells & B. Van Vliet (Eds.) 2004. Sustainable consumption : the implications of changing infrastructures of provision. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Spaargaren, G. 2003. Sustainable Consumption: A Theoretical and Environmental Policy Perspective. Society & natural resources., 16 (8), pp. 687 - 701.

*Spurling, N., A. McMeekin, E. Shove, D. Southerton & D. Welch. 2013. Interventions in Practice: Re-Framing Policy Approaches to Consumer Behaviour. Sustainable Practices Research Group, http://www.sprg.ac.uk/projects-fellowships/theoretical-development-and-integration/interventions-in-practice---sprg-report

Vliet, B.v., H. Chappells & E. Shove. 2005. Infrastructures of consumption : environmental innovation in the utility industries. Earthscan.

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It's the system, stupid!

*Geels, F.W., McMeekin, A., Mylan, J. and Southerton, D., 2015, A critical appraisal of Sustainable Consumption and Production research: The reformist, revolutionary and reconfiguration positions, Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions., 34, 1-12

Jackson, T. 2009. Prosperity without growth : economics for a finite planet . London: Earthscan

Jackson, T. 2005. Live Better by Consuming Less? : Is There A "Double Dividend" In Sustainable Consumption?  Journal of industrial ecology.  (1-2), pp. 19-36.

Jackson, T. & N. Marks. 1999. Consumption, Sustainable Welfare, and Human Needs – with Reference to Uk Expenditures Patterns between 1954 and 1994. Ecological economics. 28 , pp. 421–441.

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Consumption is meaningful!

*Hall, S.M. 2011. Exploring the ‘Ethical Everyday’: An Ethnography of the Ethics of Family Consumption. Geoforum., 42 (6), 627-637.

Humphery, K. 2010. Excess : anti-consumerism in the West Polity Press.

*Isenhour, C. 2012. On the Challenges of Signaling Ethics without the Stuff: Tales of Conspicuous Green Anti-Consumption. In Ethical consumption : social value and economic practice, edited by J.G. Carrier & P.G. Luetchford (Eds.): Berghahn Books.

*Miller, D. 2012. Consumption and its consequences. Polity, Cambridge. 

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Shove, E. 2010. Beyond the Abc: Climate Change Policy and Theories of Social Change. Environment and planning. A : environment and planning., 42, 1273-1285.

Shove, E. 2011. On the Difference between Chalk and Cheese? A Response to Whitmarsh Et Al's Comments on "Beyond the Abc: Climate Change Policy and Theories of Social Change". Environment and planning. A : environment and planning., 43 (2), 262-264.

Whitmarsh, L., S. O'Neill & I. Lorenzoni. 2011. Climate Change or Social Change? Debate within, Amongst, and Beyond Disciplines. Environment and planning. A : environment and planning., 43 (2), 258-261.

Wilson, C. & T. Chatterton. 2011. Multiple Models to Inform Climate Change Policy: A Pragmatic Response to the 'Beyond the Abc' Debate. Environment and planning. A : environment and planning., 43 (12), 2781-2787.

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