Handbook of Sustainable Innovation
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Handbook of Sustainable Innovation

Edited by Frank Boons and Andrew McMeekin

The Handbook of Sustainable Innovation maps the multiple lineages of research and understanding that constitute academic work on how technological change relates to sustainable practices of production and consumption. Leading academics contribute by mapping the general evolution of this academic field, our understanding of sustainable innovation at the firm, user, and systems level, the governance of sustainable innovation, and the methodological approaches used. The Handbook explores the distinctiveness of sustainable innovation and concludes with suggestions for generating future research avenues that exploit the current diversity of work while seeking increased systemic insight.
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Chapter 14: Sustainable innovation, consumption and everyday life

Jo Mylan


The chapter reviews several key perspectives relevant to understanding the relationship between innovation, consumption and everyday life, highlighting some relevant insights and potential avenues for further research on sustainable innovation. Questions addressed include: Why are consumption and everyday life important when thinking about sustainable innovation? Which approaches and concepts have been influential in studying these phenomena? Key developments and areas of debate related to concepts of ‘domestication’, ‘systems’ and ‘modes of provision’, ‘social practice’ and ‘the everyday’ are discussed. The chapter ends by offering some suggestions for promising avenues of research at the intersection between sustainable innovation, consumption and everyday life.

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