Facilitating Positive Spillover Effects: New insights from a mixed-methods approach exploring factors enabling people to live more sustainable lifestyles

This paper presents findings of a 1-year longitudinal behaviour change project led by a commercial retailer in the United Kingdom and Ireland to examine behaviour change and potential spillover of pro-environmental behaviour, and how this may be associated with changes in environmental identity and perceptions of ease and affordability as well as perceptions of how participation in the project has helped support behaviour change.

Article by Patrick Elf, Birgitte Gaterslaben and Ian Christie and is openly available via Frontiers in Psychology


Higher Wages for Sustainable Development?—Employment and Carbon Effects of Paying a Living Wage in Global Apparel Supply Chains

In this paper we explore how paying a living wage in global supply chains might affect employment and carbon emissions:  Sustainable Development Goals 8 and 13. Previous work has advocated using wage increases for poorer workers to increase prices for wealthier consumers, thereby reducing consumption and associated environmental damage.

Article by Simon Mair, Angela Druckman and Tim Jackson and is openly available on the Science Direct website

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Social hotspot analysis and trade policy implications of the use of bioelectrochemical systems for resource recovery from wastewater

Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) have been catalogued as a technological solution to three pressing global challenges: environmental pollution, resource scarcity, and freshwater scarcity. This study explores the social risks along the supply chain of requisite components of BESs for two functionalities: (i) copper recovery from spent lees and (ii) formic acid production via CO2 reduction, based on the UK’s trade policy.

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Ecological public health, sustainable health care system and cities: What would be the implications of adopting an ecosocial approach to health care?

The health care sector’s role in improving environmental sustainability of cities is included in the Healthy Cities paradigm. However, what would be the implications of adopting an ecosocial approach to health care?

Authors: Andre Preissler Loureiro Chaves.

Read the full article on the Taylor and Francis website.

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Can the SDGs provide a basis for supply chain decisions in the construction sector?

The construction sector is characterised by complex supply networks delivering unique end products over short time scales. Sustainability has increased in importance but continues to be difficult to implement in this sector; thus, new approaches and practices are needed.

Authors: Roland Clift, Jacquetta Lee, Erica Russell.

About the paper on Surrey Research Insight Open Access.

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