Book review of Social innovation and sustainable consumption

Research and action for societal change



social innovation, transformation, sustainable transitions, sustainable consumption


The book Social Innovation and Sustainable Consumption: Research and Action for Societal Change, edited by Julia Backhaus and colleagues, presents and analyzes policies, strategies and processes for societal transformation and fundamental change to meet the sustainability challenge. From an eminently institutionalist perspective, it integrates the study of social innovation, sustainable consumption and societal transformation in thirteen chapters that explore theoretical and conceptual advances in the intersection of these three domains.


Cajaiba-Santana, G. (2014), “Social innovation: Moving the field forward. A conceptual framework”, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 82(C), pp. 42–51.

Moulaert, F., & Van den Broeck, P. (2018), “Social Innovation and Territorial Development”. In Howaldt, J., Kaletka, C., Schröder, A., & Zirngiebl, M. (Eds.) Atlas of Social Innovation: New Practices for a Better Future. Sozialforschungsstelle, TU Dortmund University: Dortmund. pp. 25-29.

Mulgan, G. (2015), “Foreword: The Study of Social Innovation – Theory, Practice and Progress”, In Nicholls, A., Simon, J. & Gabriel, M (Eds.) New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. x-xx.

Mulgan, G., Tucker, S., Ali, R., & Sanders, B. (2007), Social Innovation: What it is, why it matters and how it can be accelerated. Oxford: Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

Nicholls, A., Simon, J., & Gabriel, M. (2015), “Introduction: Dimensions of Social Innovation”. In Nicholls, A., Simon, J., & Gabriel, M (Eds.) New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-26.

Noya, A. (2011), “The Essential Perspectives of Innovation: The OECD LEED Forum on Social Innovations”. In OECD (ed.) Fostering Innovation To Address Social Challenges Workshop Proceedings, Paris: OECD Publications, pp.18-24. Disponível em:

Polanyi, K. (1944; 2018), A Grande Transformação, 2ª edição, Lisboa: Edições 70.

Schumpeter, J. (1942; 2018), Capitalismo, Socialismo e Democracia, Coimbra: Actual.

Westley, F. and Antadze, N. (2010), “Making a Difference: Strategies for Scaling Social Innovation for Greater Impact”, The Innovation Journal: The Public Sector Innovation Journal, 15(2), pp. 1–19.

Young Foundation (2012), Social Innovation Overview – Part 1: Defining Social Innovation. A deliverable of the project: ‘The theoretical, empirical and policy foundations for building social innovation in Europe’ (TEPSIE). Brussels: European Commission, DG Research.






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