Pathways to "just" transitions
Sustainable livelihoods and the Circular Economy
My new edited book, Circular Economy and the Global South (Routledge 2019) broadens the conversation on the circular economy by explicitly examining the diversity of practices carried out by the urban and rural poor and indigenous peoples in the global south that prioritize resource conservation, reutilization and resource equity, and through this, forward an alternative way of conceptualizing and designing a circular economy. I was particularly involved in editing chapters that offered unique practitioner perspectives from the global south. Practitioner case studies provide valuable insights for theorizing, yet are rare in the academic literature. Elevating practitioner voices in the CE discourse is one of my ongoing research priorities. Beyond this edited volume, I am working with Hasirudala, a waste picker advocacy group that I have a long-standing collaboration with, on advocacy and research reports focused on informal sector actors and the circular economy.
Schroeder, P, Anantharaman, M, Anggraeni, K and Foxon, T. The Circular Economy and the Global South: Sustainable Lifestyles and Green Industrial Development. Routledge, UK 2019
Aligning stakeholder frames for transitions management
Nivedita Biyani and I analyse the implementation of policy changes in Solid Waste Management in Bangalore, discussing why the transition to better SWM has been very slow. We build on the literature on transition management, a tool offering a multilevel decision-making model to facilitate sustainability transitions. By incorporating an analysis of asymmetrical power relations between different actors, we make the TM framework more practicable and relevant to the non-European contexts,
Biyani, N. and Anantharaman, M.(2017) ‘Aligning Stakeholder Frames for Transition Management in Solid Waste: A Case Study of Bangalore’, International Development Policy, 8.2,
Lifestyle Leapfrogging to sustainable consumption
In an article published in the Journal of Consumer Policy, I co-developed Causal Loop Diagrams, a visualization and systems-thinking tool, to understand how market, policy and behavioral interventions can be combined to help urban consumers in India and China shift to more sustainable consumption practices from the outset. This paper highlights the importance of systems-design and planning in sustainability, especially when combined with a focus on embedded power relations.
Schroeder, P. and Anantharaman, M. (2016) "Lifestyle leapfrogging" in emerging economies: Enabling systemic shifts to sustainable consumption. Journal of Consumer Policy. 40(1), 3-23.