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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
This book showcases strategic policies for and processes of societal transformation, which are required to address the challenge of sustainability. Based on the latest thinking at the interface of social innovation, sustainable consumption and the transformation of society, the book provides:in-depth discussions at the nexus of sustainable consumption, social innovation and social transformation, highlighting their significance to sustainability-related policy and practice; detailed case studies of social innovation in energy, food, housing and policy which illustrate emerging practice and promising policy, business and civil society interventions; and critical reflections and commentaries on the contribution of social innovation to societal transformation.
Bringing together aspiring scholars and leading thinkers on this topic, this book leads to compelling new insights for an international audience into the potential of social innovation for sustainable consumption and the transformation of society. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of sustainable consumption, sustainable development, (social) innovation studies and environmental sociology.
Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and index.
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Julia Backhaus is a doctoral researcher at the International Centre for Integrated assessment and Sustainable development (ICIS) at Maastricht University, exploring theories of change and the role of assumptions in change processes towards more just and sustainable societies. Much of her work draws on her involvement in European research projects on resource efficiency (POLFREE), transformative social innovation (TRANSIT) and sustainable energy use (ENERGISE). Next to her research, Julia teaches at Bachelor and Master level and regularly supervises undergraduate and graduate research projects. In addition, she is a member of the steering committee of the European branch of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI). Julia holds an interdisciplinary BSc (cum laude) and an MPhil in Science and Technology Studies, both from Maastricht University.
Audley Genus, PhD, is Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Kingston University. He researches sustainability-related innovation, community entrepreneurship and technology policy. Audley is the editor of ''Sustainable Consumption: Design, Innovation and Practice'', published by Springer, three single-authored books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in leading journals. He is currently working with SCORAI Europe colleagues and others on a e3.2 million pan-European project (known as ''ENERGISE''), which has a focus on sustainable consumption and innovations in energy use practices, and is funded by the European Commission''s Horizon 2020 initiative. Audley is a member of the editorial board of Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, the steering committee of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI Europe) and a member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, the British Academy of Management, the Sustainable Development Research Network and the Sustainability Transitions Research Network.
Sylvia Lorek holds a PhD in consumer economics and is trained to work on the interlinkages of the individual micro-economic and the societal macroeconomic perspective in which the scientific and societal discourses about sustainable consumption take place. As head of SERI Germany e.V., she is working on studies and as consultant for national and international organisations. She has a lecturer position at the University of Applied Science in Münster and held classes e.g. at the University of Helsinki, the Baltic University Program (BUP) and the Asia-Europe Foundation University. Sylvia is an organising member of SCORAI Europe, the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Consumption and Production (GRF-SCP), the Society for the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP).
Edina Vadovics (M.Sc., M.Ed., M.Phil.) is research director of GreenDependent Institute and president of GreenDependent Association in Hungary, both with the mission to promote and research sustainable lifestyles, focusing on facilitating dialogue between research and practice. Edina manages GreenDependent''s work in international research projects, and campaigns. While her research focuses on sustainable communities and lifestyles, she is also involved in action projects. Earlier, she worked in corporate sustainability management, and taught related courses at various universities. She also worked as an external expert to the European Environment Agency and UNEP, and contributed to some of their key publications. She is member of the advisory board of the TRANsformative Social Innovation Theory research project, and an expert in the URBACT Capitalization project on social innovation in cities. Edina is a member of the SCORAI Europe steering committee, and has contributed to several SCORAI workshops and co-organized SCORAI special sessions at conferences.
Julia M. Wittmayer, PhD, works as senior researcher at DRIFT, the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She holds an MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology (cum laude) and her research focuses on social innovation and social sustainability in urban areas and on local scale. Her research interest is in roles, social relations and interactions of actors involved in transition (management) processes and initiatives, with a specific interest for the role of research and transdisciplinary engagements. She also lectures at DRIFT''s Transition Academy, leading the theme ''Transformative Research''.