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The Advent of Practice Theories in Research on Sustainable Consumption: Past, Current and Future Directions of the Field

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  • Filippo Corsini

    (SSSUP - Scuola Universitaria Superiore Sant'Anna = Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies [Pisa])

  • Rafael Laurenti
  • Franziska Meinherz

    (EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

  • Francesco Appio

    (EMLV - École de management Léonard de Vinci)

  • Luca Mora

    (Edinburgh Napier University)

Abstract

The application of practice theories in the domain of sustainability research in consumer studies is increasingly advocated based on the premise that this allows to analyse consumption as a social phenomenon. Consequently, the applications of social practice theories to this field are expanding geometrically and to date, little retrospective work on this evolution has been made. We conduct a bibliometric analysis of applications of practice theories in the domain of sustainability research in consumer studies. Our results show a temporal succession of research trends: ‘consumer identity’ dominated the field between 2009 and 2012, ‘business and governance’ between 2012 and 2014, ‘sustainable consumption and production’ between 2013 and 2014, ‘urban living and policy’ between 2014 and 2015 and ‘household energy’ from 2015 until the present. We see a high potential of future applications of practice theories in the fields of the sharing and circular economy, as well as in research on smart cities. We provide new insights into the evolution and future trends of applications of social practice theory to domains that are relevant for research on sustainability and consumer studies.
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  • Filippo Corsini & Rafael Laurenti & Franziska Meinherz & Francesco Appio & Luca Mora, 2019. "The Advent of Practice Theories in Research on Sustainable Consumption: Past, Current and Future Directions of the Field," Post-Print halshs-02292337, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:halshs-02292337
    DOI: 10.3390/su11020341
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