There is a great theoretical potential to save resources by managing our demand for energy. People may respond to intensive incentives and encouragement in the short term, but if their social and physical context does not change, they will easily revert to their old behaviors once the interventions end. Dr. Sylvia Breukers, Dr. Ruth Mouri and Professor Eva Heiskanen introduce a socio-technical approach to energy demand-side management in their new article in Handbook of Sustainable Engineering.
Evidence from behavioural and social science is not routinely incorporated into policy design. Consequently, some persistent misconceptions myths about consumer behaviour have perpetuated in the mainstream discourse. It is unrealistic to expect a sustainable society to materialise from current political strategies. The changes needed are significant. Professor Oksana Mont from Lund University, Research Professor Eva Heiskanen from National Consumer Research Centre, Researcher Kate Power from Copenhagen Resource Institute and Researcher Helka Kuusi from National Consumer Research Centre write in their new report "Improving Nordic policymaking by dispelling myths on sustainable consumption", how to dispel myths that thwart sustainability and thereby provide Nordic policy-makers with accessible knowledge on consumption and consumer behaviour.
The 2008 financial crises have produced some of the most significant economic shocks for the global economy. The crises have underscored the growing interdependence between financial markets and the U.S. and European economies. This study conducts micro level analysis of Finnish and American households which is an important but overlooked area of financial crises research.
03.07.2013 Nordic Conference on Consumer Research 2014
The 3rd Nordic Conference on Consumer Research will be held on 21st-22nd May 2014 in Vaasa, Finland by the University of Vaasa. For further information on the conference, follow (NCCR2014) on Facebook. You will be able to find more information also on the conference website launched in the near future.
Unpaid household work, conducted to promote the well-being of one’s household, is mainly excluded from the System of National Accounts (SNA) and GDP. Hence, no attention has been paid to the role of household production in the economy and as a booster to consumption opportunities. This report presents the value of work performed and services produced by Finnish households in 2009, and it examines the changes since 2001. The calculations were compiled as a Satellite Account of Household Production, in accordance with the SNA model.