Changing consumption patterns is increasingly acknowledged as one of the key factors for sustainable development and to tackle urgent problems like climate change. To facilitate more sustainable consumption different actors have introduced various schemes over the past few decades informing about environmental, social or other product attributes. Even so, the current product information situation has been criticised for delivering insufficient information and being confusing.
University of Manchester
Role at Tyndall
Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Manchester and Fudan University.
Institutionalisation of Sustainability related product labelling schemes across different contexts, using theoretical arguments from institutional entrepreneurship and legitimacy literature.
Current work focusses on the instituionalisation of product labelling schemes in the People's Republic of China, partly to reflect upon the planned implementation of a Chinese carbon labelling scheme.
Duration of your PhD
Paul Dewick, Kevin Anderson
Sustainable Consumption Institute
My Thesis' Abstract
This PhD project investigated the prospects and different visions for an effective implementation of a sustainability ‘meta label' to support ‘more' sustainable consumption and production. Combining theoretical arguments from interdisciplinary informed ideational institutionalism with concepts of legitimacy from the governance and organisational studies literature, the project first investigated how the construction of legitimacy has shaped the institutionalisation of four existing labelling schemes: EU eco-, EU energy-, Fair Trade and Marine Stewardship Council label. The identified causal relations were then used to examine the prospects for the institutionalisation of a legitimised sustainability meta label.
Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR)
The Harold Hankins Building, Room 6.13
Manchester Business School,
University of Manchester,
Fudan Tyndall Centre
School of Journalism
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400 Guoding Road