Chapter 23: Step across the border: knowledge brokerage for sustainable consumption
This chapter explores the question of how one can enhance the impact of research on policy making for sustainable consumption. Policies aiming to foster more sustainable consumer behaviours have lately become more prominent, at international, European and national level. At the same time, researchers from a variety of disciplines have undertaken major efforts to analyse the factors that both prevent and drive the proliferation of sustainable consumption patterns. However, there is reason to believe that the existing body of scientific evidence goes largely underutilized in the design, implementation and assessment of sustainable consumption policies. Therefore recent calls for more evidence-based policy making (e.g. Campbell et al. 2007; European Commission 2010) are valid for this policy domain as well. In order to better understand the science–policy gap in sustainable consumption this chapter starts off with an overview of relevant policies and research endeavours. It then discusses the factors that shape this gap and concludes that distinct efforts are needed to bridge it.
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