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

Corsini, Filippo; Laurenti, Rafael; Meinherz, Franziska; Appio, Francesco Paolo; Mora, Luca

Authors

Filippo Corsini

Rafael Laurenti

Franziska Meinherz

Francesco Paolo Appio



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 7, 2019
Online Publication Date Jan 11, 2019
Publication Date Jan 11, 2019
Deposit Date Jan 14, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 15, 2019
Journal Sustainability
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 2
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020341
Keywords Sustainability; Sustainable Consumption; Bibliometric Analysis; Practice Theory; Circular Economy; Sharing Economy; Smart City
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/1506169
Contract Date Jan 14, 2019

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