Angela Druckman

Professor Angela Druckman


Emerita Professor of Sustainable Consumption and Production

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Publications

Peña, Claudia; Bárbara Civit, Alejandro Gallego-Schmid, Angela Druckman, Armando Caldeira- Pires, Bo Weidema, Eric Mieras, Feng Wang, Jim Fava, Llorenç Milà i Canals, Mauro Cordella, Peter Arbuckle, Sonia Valdivia, Sophie Fallaha & Wladmir Motta (2020) Using life cycle assessment to achieve a circular economy. The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11367-020-01856-z
Kumar, P., A. Druckman, J Gallagher, B Gatersleben, S Allison, T Eisenman, U Hoang, S Hama, A. Tiwari, A Sharma, KV Abhijith, D Adlakha, ........ (2019) The Nexus between Air Pollution, Green Infrastructure and Human Health. Environment International (2109). Environment International 133 Part A.
C Hoolohan, A Larkin, C McLachlan, R Falconer, I Soutar, J Suckling, L. Varga, I. Haltas, A. Druckman, D. Lumbroso, M. Scott, D. Gilmour, R. Ledbetter, S. McGrane, C. Mitchell, D. Yu (2018) Engaging stakeholders in research to address water–energy–food (WEF) nexus challenges. Sustainability science 13 (5), 1415-1426
H Skudder, A Druckman, J Cole, A McInnes, I Brunton‐Smith, GP Ansaloni (2016) Addressing the Carbon‐Crime Blind Spot: A Carbon Footprint Approach. Journal of Industrial Ecology 21 (4), 829-843
Corlet Walker, C, Mair, S., and Druckman, A. (2018) A Theory of Change Approach for Measuring Economic Welfare Beyond GDP
R Clift, S Sim, H King, J Chenoweth, I Christie, J Clavreul, C Mueller, L Posthuma, A. Boulay, R. Chaplin-Kramer, J Chatterton, F DeClerck, A. Druckman... (2017) The challenges of applying planetary boundaries as a basis for strategic decision-making in companies with global supply chains. Sustainability 9 (2), 279
AS Penn, PD Jensen, A Woodward, L Basson, F Schiller, A Druckman (2014) Sketching a network portrait of the Humber region. Complexity 19 (6), 54-72
AS Penn, CJK Knight, DJB Lloyd, D Avitabile, K Kok, F Schiller, A. Woodward, A, Druckman, L. Basson (2013) Participatory development and analysis of a fuzzy cognitive map of the establishment of a bio-based economy in the Humber region. PloS one 8 (11), e78319
Harry Saunders, Joyashree Roy , Inês M.L. Azevedo, Debalina Chakravarty, Shyamasree Dasgupta, Stephane de la Rue du Can, Angela Druckman et al (2021) Energy Efficiency: what has research delivered in the last 40 years? Annual Review of Environment and Resources. Vol 46. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-012320-084937
Mair, Simon; Druckman, Angela (2023) Assessing the suitability of sustainability frameworks for embedding sustainability in higher education curricula: pragmatism versus transformation

Purpose – This viewpoint paper addresses the use of sustainability frameworks in embedding education for sustainability into the curriculum of higher education institutions (HEIs). The purpose of this paper is to explore the paradox that sustainability frameworks must facilitate transformation of existing structures whilst also being well-enough aligned with current conditions to be readily adopted by today’s HEIs.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper proposes a set of four criteria for assessing the suitability of sustainability frameworks for use across the curriculum: relevance to current curricula, language, institutional fit and concept of the future. Using these criteria, this paper assesses how various frameworks align with the current (unsustainable) state of affairs and their transformative potential. The frameworks assessed are: the sustainable development goals (SDGs), the three pillars framework and the capitals approach.

Findings – This paper finds that each of the frameworks has strengths and weaknesses: the SDGs and the capitals approach perform well on alignment but less well on transformational criteria. Conversely, the three pillars framework performs well on transformation criteria but less well on alignment criteria. By applying the criteria set out in this paper, the authors hope those working to embed sustainability into the curricula of HEIs will be better equipped to navigate the tensions presented by sustainability transitions.

Corlet Walker, C.; Druckman, A.; Jackson, T. (2024) Growth dependency in the welfare state – An analysis of drivers in the UK's adult social care sector and proposals for change. Ecological Economics Volume 220, 108159.

Modern economies rely on economic growth for stability and prosperity. Further, periods of stagnation and recession are currently associated with poor health and wellbeing outcomes for citizens. However, 50 years of research indicates that this state of dependency is ecologically unsustainable. It is therefore critical that we better understand the growth dependency of our economies and welfare systems, and how to overcome it. In this paper we first offer a working definition of growth dependency, clarifying its core dimensions. Next, taking the UK's adult social care sector as a case study, we argue that growth dependencies emerge in the welfare state as a result of three distinct dynamics: 1) growth in manifest needs; 2) labour productivity growth; 3) the pursuit of economic rents. Lastly, we propose a novel, sector-led framework for identifying, analysing and transforming growth dependencies. We make the case that the growth dependency of the welfare state is not inevitable, but is instead the product of specific social, economic and structural factors that can be disrupted and transformed, if we can find the political will to do so.