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New book by Professor Audley Genus on sustainable consumption published

Thursday 09 June 2016

Professor Audley Genus, of Kingston Business School’s Small Business Research Centre, is the co-author and editor of a new book published by Springer, called Sustainable Consumption: Design, Innovation and Practice. It is available now as an e-book and in softcover and can be previewed online.

Professor Audley Genus - Sustainable Consumption

The book is the product of an international group of scholars and practitioners belonging to the SCORAI (Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative) Europe network, for which Audley has organised and chaired recent workshops on sustainable innovation at the Royal Society of Arts, London and the Transition Hub in Vienna. Sustainable Consumption: Design, Innovation and Practice is the result of work which started at the London workshop in late 2014.

The book examines relationships among innovation, sustainable consumption, design and production, and the implications of these for new economic activity and the way we live. It features chapters on emerging business models and user innovations, including those relating to DIY design, makerspaces, the sharing economy, ‘slow’ fashion, community energy and local food production/consumption. Featuring diverse contributions from social scientists (e.g. from innovation studies, geography, environmental policy and sociology) and practitioners, the book offers:

  • a rounded treatment of innovation and design activities relating to sustainable consumption and production, leading to a better appreciation of the issues to be confronted in properly understanding and achieving sustainable economies and societies.
  • new perspectives on the salient issues (helping readers to think about innovation and sustainable consumption/production in novel ways).
  • an eclectic span of theory, empirical research, practical initiatives and policy implications.

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