Readership: Scholars and students of economics, development studies, environmental economics, social sciences, and political economy, as well as multilateral research and public policy institutions. Researchers studying consumer behaviour in developed economies.
Edited by Alistair Ulph, Professorial Research Fellow, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester, and Dale Southerton, Director, Sustainable Consumption Institute and Professor of Sociology, The University of Manchester
Alistair Ulph is Professorial Research Fellow of the Sustainable Consumption Institute and formerly Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute, The University of Manchester, where he was also Vice-President and Dean of Humanities (2004-2010). His research interests are mainly in the field of environmental and resource economics, recently focussing on international aspects of environmental and trade policies, though he has also published in
labour economics, industrial economics, and public economics. Over his career he has published eight books, including Trade and the Environment, Selected Essays of Alistair Ulph (Edward Elgar, 1999) and over 100 refereed papers. In 2000 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and President of European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
Dale Southerton is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sustainable Consumption Institute at The University of Manchester, and Director of the Sustainable Practices Research Group (funded by the ESRC, Defra, and the Scottish Government). His principal areas of research interest are consumption, sustainability, theories of practice and social change, innovation and material culture, time-use, and everyday life. He has published extensively in these fields, is the author of Communities of Consumption: Place, Geographical Mobility and Identification (VDM Verlag, 2009), editor of the Encyclopedia of Consumer Culture (Sage, 2011) and co-editor (with Alan Warde) of The Habits of Consumption (Helsinki: Open Access Book Series of the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced
Studies, 2012) and (with H. Chappells and B. Van Vliet) Sustainable consumption: the implications of changing infrastructures of provision (London: Edward Elgar, 2004).
1: Dale Southerton and Alistair Ulph: Introduction
Part One: Extensions of the Simple Economists' Model of Consumption
2: Partha Dasgupta: Sustainability and the Determinants of Personal Consumption
3: Andrew Oswald: The Value to the Environmental Movement of the New Literature on the Economics of Happiness
4: Ann Kinzig and Charles Perrings: Consumption, Stability, and Sustainability in Socio-Economic Systems
5: Maureen Cropper: How Should Benefits and Costs Be Discounted in an Intergenerational Context
Part Two: Challenging the Assumption that Individual Consumers Always Act Rationally
6: Paul Fletcher: The Hungry Brain
7: Drazen Prelec: Consuming at the Wrong Rate: Lessons from the Harvard Game
8: Geoff Beattie and Laura McGuire: The Psychology of Sustainable Consumption
9: Richard Correia and Catarina Roseta-Palma: Behavioural Economics in Water Management: An Overview of Behavioural Economics Applications to Residential Water Demand
10: Gerry Stoker: The Politics of Nudge: Dilemmas in Implementing Policies for Sustainable Consumption
Part Three: Looking Beyond the Individual Consumer: Socio-Cultural Explanations of Consumption
11: Frank Trentmann: Past and Present: Historical Perspectives on Inequality and Collective Provision in Modern Consumption
12: Alan Warde: Sociology, Consumption, and Habit
13: Harold Wilhite: The Body in Consumption: Perspectives from India
14: Richard R. Wilk: Consumer Cultures: Past, Present, and Future