RESPONDER - Linking REsearch and POlicy making for managing the contradictions of sustaiNable consumption anD economic gRowth

Project Details


RESPONDER deals with potential political, social and economic contradictions between sustainable consumption and economic growth. The project focuses on consumption decisions made by private households, considering their rationalities, options and factors affecting their decision making, and focusing on the impacts of these decisions on sustainability and/or economic growth as well as viable policy options. To gain an integrative perspective, research findings from social-psychology oriented research on consumer behaviour will be linked with macroeconomic theories on and approaches to economic growth (and thereby also to the debates on green growth, beyond growth and de-growth).

Financing body

EU - European Commission
Effective start/end date1/01/1130/06/14

Collaborative partners

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business (lead)
  • Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) (Project partner)
  • Technical University of Denmark, Department of Management Engineering, Innovation and Sustainability (Project partner)
  • Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development, Sustainable Development Section (ARE) (Project partner)
  • University of Surrey, Center for Environmental Strategy, Research Group on Lifestyles Values and Environment (Project partner)
  • University of Barcelona, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (Project partner)
  • Institut für ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (Project partner)