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Can New Perspectives on Sustainability Drive Lifestyles?

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  • Maria R. Partidario

    () (IST-DECivil e Arquitectura, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal)

  • Gustavo Vicente

    () (IST-DECivil e Arquitectura, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal)

  • Constança Belchior

    () (IST-DECivil e Arquitectura, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal)

Abstract

Understanding sustainability engages multiple views in a wide spectrum of technological, social and political positions. Over the last two decades it appears that an evolutionary process reflects a changing sustainability paradigm. At the basis of this changing paradigm remain strong principles of dematerialization, reflected in cuts in natural resource consumption, changing pathways to overcome lock-ins, mastering the art of economic innovation with ecological principles. This may engage new consumption attitudes and behavior. This review paper adopts a holistic and integrated sustainability perspective, suggesting a mix-and-match approach to engage more context specific designs for sustainability to look into principles of consumption behavior and people’s motivation in choosing their lifestyle.

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  • Maria R. Partidario & Gustavo Vicente & Constança Belchior, 2010. "Can New Perspectives on Sustainability Drive Lifestyles?," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(9), pages 1-24, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:9:p:2849-2872:d:9555
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    2. Rafael Laurenti & Jagdeep Singh & Rajib Sinha & Josepha Potting & Björn Frostell, 2016. "Unintended Environmental Consequences of Improvement Actions: A Qualitative Analysis of Systems' Structure and Behavior," Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(3), pages 381-399, May.

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    Keywords

    sustainability; lifestyles; consumer behavior;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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