Tackling the dual challenge of sustainable consumption and economic growth: A research agenda

Michal Sedlacko, Paula Antunes, Viviana Asara, Karin Dobernig, Richard Filčák, Chris Hewett, Tim Jackson, Jill Jäger, Vivien Lunda, Joan Martinez-Alier, André Martinuzzi, Inge Røpke, Frieder Rubik, Francois Schneider, Gerd Scholl, Sigrid Stagl, Nuno Videira

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There is overwhelming evidence that one of the most important challenges facing society today is the growing scale and unequal distribution of consumption of natural resources. Both the socio-economic implications of resource scarcities and the documented decline in provision of and rising threats to ecosystem services have spurred parts of the academic and policy communities into identification of problems and solutions. Some of the most fundamental debates, led by researchers from various disciplines, centre around economic growth and sustainable consumption. However, there is often a lack of knowledge exchange between these researchers as well as between researchers and policy makers. Together with other factors this results in slow policy progress. In this paper, we seek to contribute to the dialogue and understanding between sustainability science and policy by identifying a set of important research questions that link the challenges of sustainable consumption with economic growth debates and critiques. The research questions have been identified through an extensive participatory process involving leading researchers and policy makers responsible for sustainability policies throughout the whole EU and cover five areas (food, housing, mobility, information and communication technology, finance). The aim of the research questions is to orient researchers towards important research priorities as well as guide policy makers and public authorities in funding of research and use of sound scientific evidence and policy advice to inform decision making. We anticipate that addressing these questions will contribute to rethinking of societal institutions and forms of consumption in order to transition towards sustainability, while improving the synergy between policy and sustainability science. This paper presents some results of the RESPONDER project, Linking Research and Policy Making for Managing the Contradictions of Sustainable Consumption and Economic Growth, funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme, 2011–2014.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2014
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event13th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics - University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 13 Aug 201415 Aug 2014

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Conference13th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics
LocationUniversity of Iceland
CountryIceland
CityReykjavik
Period13/08/201415/08/2014

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Sedlacko, M., Antunes, P., Asara, V., Dobernig, K., Filčák, R., Hewett, C., ... Videira, N. (2014). Tackling the dual challenge of sustainable consumption and economic growth: A research agenda. Paper presented at 13th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Sedlacko, Michal ; Antunes, Paula ; Asara, Viviana ; Dobernig, Karin ; Filčák, Richard ; Hewett, Chris ; Jackson, Tim ; Jäger, Jill ; Lunda, Vivien ; Martinez-Alier, Joan ; Martinuzzi, André ; Røpke, Inge ; Rubik, Frieder ; Schneider, Francois ; Scholl, Gerd ; Stagl, Sigrid ; Videira, Nuno. / Tackling the dual challenge of sustainable consumption and economic growth : A research agenda. Paper presented at 13th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Reykjavik, Iceland.16 p.
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2014. Paper presented at 13th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Reykjavik, Iceland.

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