Sustainability Transitions in Emerging Economies
Lifestyle Leapfrogging to sustainable consumption
Patrick Schroeder of IDS and I developed Causal Loop Diagrams, a 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 out-set. We hope that this paper can highlight the importance of systems thinking 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.
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 relevant to the global South.
Biyani, N. and M. Anantharaman (2017) ‘Aligning Stakeholder Frames for Transition Management in Solid Waste: A Case Study of Bangalore’, International Development Policy, 8.2,
Sustainable livelihoods and the Circular Economy
In June 2017 I co-chaired the the 3rd international conference of GRF-SPaC, co-organized in collaboration with the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex,.The conference on “Sustainable Lifestyles, livelihoods and the circular economy.” was attended by 140 participants from academia, business, non-profits and government, and has resulted in an edited volume (under contract with Routledge), which I am co-editing. The volume brings together case studies that examine circular economy discourses and practices in the global south.