The Ecological Modernisation Reader: 
Environmental Reform in Theory and Practice

Arthur P. J. Mol, David A. Sonnenfeld, and Gert Spaargaren, eds.

London and New York: Routledge

Hardback: ISBN 978-0-415-45370-7 (July 2009)
Paperback: ISBN 978-0-415-45371-4 (Oct. 2009)


Mikael Skou Andersen is Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis, National Environmental Research Institute, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interest lies in the comparative study of environmental policy, nationally and across Europe, with particular regard to policy instruments and implementation. He is co-editor of Market-based Instruments for Environmental Management (Edward Elgar, 2000).

Fred Buttel (1948 – 2005) was Professor of Rural Sociology and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA. He published numerous books and articles in the field of environmental and rural sociology. He is co-author and editor of Environment, Energy, and Society (2002), Environment and Global Modernity (2000), and Sociological Theory and the Environment (2002).

Joost C.L. van Buuren is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Technology of Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and visiting researcher at Van Lang University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. His principal research interest is the implementation of sustainable technologies for urban wastewater and solid waste treatment and reuse in developing countries.

Maurie J. Cohen is Associate Professor of environmental policy and sustainability in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA. He is the co-editor (with Joseph Murphy) of Exploring Sustainable Consumption: Environmental Policy and the Social Sciences and is the editor of the journal, Sustainability: Science: Practice, and Policy.

Peter Christoff is Professor, School of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Melbourne. He is Vice-President of the Australian Conservation Foundation and, formerly, a director of Greenpeace Australia-Pacific. He is currently engaged in a comparative study of climate change policy across three federated states, including Australia, Canada and Germany.

John Dryzek is Professor and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in the Research School of Social sciences at the Australian National University. Recent books include Deliberative Global Politics: Discourse and Democracy in a Divided World (Polity Press, 2006).

Dana R. Fisher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Columbia University, USA. Her research focuses on environmental policy and civic participation and activism more broadly. She has written a number of peer-reviewed articles, and is the author of National Governance and the Global Climate Change Regime (2004) and Activism, Inc. (2006).

Oliver Fritsch is a Ph.D. researcher at the National Environmental Research Institute, Aarhus University, Denmark. His work focuses on the institutionalisation of public participation in the European Union and on environmental outcomes of collaborative decision-making. He has journal articles forthcoming in Environmental Management and also in Environmental Policy and Governance.

George A. Gonzalez is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Miami, USA. His area of research is U.S. environmental politics and policy. Among his recent publications are The Politics of Air Pollution: Urban Growth, Ecological Modernization, and Symbolic Inclusion (SUNY Press, 2005), and Urban Sprawl, Global Warming, and the Empire of Capital (SUNY Press, 2009).  

Andrew Gouldson is Professor of Sustainability Research and Director of the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds, UK. He is also Director of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. His research focuses on the design, delivery and impact of different forms of environmental policy and on the evolving influence of new forms of environmental governance.

Maarten Hajer is Director of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and Professor of Public Policy at the University of Amsterdam. His new book is Authoritative Governance - Policy Making in an Age of Mediatization (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Jennifer Houghton is a Lecturer in human geography in the School of Environmental Sciences of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Her main research interests are the diffusion of neoliberalism in cities of the South, urban sustainability and the capacity for sustainability implementation.

Joseph Huber is Professor and Chair of Economic and Environmental Sociology at Martin Luther University, in Halle, Germany. He puts emphasis on framing ecological modernisation by general social modernisation and development theory. Among his recent books is New Technologies and Environmental Innovations (2004).

Christian Hunold is Associate Professor of political science at Drexel University, USA. His research interests include environmental politics, deliberative democracy, and participatory policymaking. He is profiles editor at Environmental Politics. 

Martin Jänicke was Director of the Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität Berlin, from 1986 - 2007. Since 1999 he has served as Member of the German government Advisory Council on the Environment. He has written numerous books on environmental policy and on environmental innovation (in different languages).

Helge Jörgens is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science of Konstanz University, Germany. His main research interests and publications are in the fields of comparative environmental policy, the global diffusion of policy innovations, and environmental governance. He was guest editor of the special issue on 'Diffusion and Convergence of Environmental Policies in Europe', European Environment (2005); and a special issue on 'Transfer, Diffusion and Convergence of Policies,' Politische Vierteljahresschrift (2007).

C.S.A. (Kris) van Koppen is Associate Professor in the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University, and Professor in environmental education by special appointment at the Freudenthal Institute of Utrecht University. His research interests are sociology of nature, sustainable production and consumption, and social learning.

Oluf Langhelle is Professor in social science at University of Stavanger, Norway. He has edited a number of books, and is co-editor of Arctic Oil and Gas: Sustainability at Risk? (2008). His main research interests and publications are in the field of environmental politics, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Pieter Leroy is Professor of Political Sciences of the Environment at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. His research covers the analysis and evaluation of environmental politics and policies. He recently co-authored The Handbook of Environmental Policy Evaluation, Earthscan, London.

Arthur P.J. Mol is Chair and Professor in environmental policy in the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He edited a number of books, and is the author of Globalization and Environmental Reform (2001) and Environmental reform in the Information Age (2008).

Joseph Murphy is RCUK Academic Fellow in Social Response to Environmental Change in the Sustainability Research Institute at Leeds University. His recent work has focused on the politics and governance of technology including the books Governing the Transatlantic Conflict over Agricultural Biotechnology (2006, authored with Les Levidow) and Governing Technology for Sustainability (2007, edited).

Nguyen Trung Viet is a senior official of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Natural Resources and Environment, and Head of the Department of Environmental Technology and Management at Van Lang University, Vietnam. He has published widely on industrial environmental management and technology.

Catherine Oelofse is a Lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Her main research interests are on space and sustainability, using discourses analysis to evaluate environmental policy making in South Africa and social assessment methodologies.  

Gregg Oelofse is the Head of Environmental Policy and Strategy for the City of Cape Town, South Africa, and focuses specifically on the relationship between people and their environment.

Phung Thuy Phuong is Senior Lecturer at the University of Science, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She was Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Portland State University, USA, in 2005-2006. Her current research interest is community-based environmental management.

Michael T. Rock is the Harvey Wexler Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics, Bryn Mawr College, USA. His current work focuses on the impact of MNC firm based standards on the environmental performance of subsidiaries and their suppliers; and firm-based studies of technological learning of indigenous industrial firms in Asia. He co-authored Industrial Transformation in the Developing World (Oxford University Press, 2005) and is currently working on a book on democracy and development in Southeast Asia.

David Schlosberg is Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of Environmental Studies at Northern Arizona University, USA. He is the author of Environmental Justice and the New Pluralism (Oxford 1999) and Defining Environmental Justice (Oxford University Press, 2007), and co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Climate Change and Society.

Dianne Scott is an Associate Professor at the School of Environmental Sciences, Durban, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She is the senior researcher for the “Environmental Decision-Making for Sustainability” Research Programme at this centre. Her main research interests and publications are in the field of environmental policy-making, environmental management, environmental movements and networks, and urban restructuring.

David A. Sonnenfeld is currently Professor of Sociology and Environmental Policy at the New York State College of Environmental Science and Forestry, USA. He is co‑editor of Challenging the Chip (Temple University Press, 2006); and Ecological Modernisation Around the World (Frank Cass/ Routledge, 2000).

Gert Spaargaren is Professor on ‘Environmental Policy for Sustainable Lifestyles and Consumption’ at the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His publications are in the field of (environmental) sociology, sustainable consumption and behaviour, and the globalization of environmental reform. He (co)edited Governing Environmental Flows (2006).

Jan P.M. van Tatenhove is Associate Professor at the Environmental Policy Group, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His main research interests are in the field of political modernization and governance (multi-level and informal governance), the innovation of policy arrangements in environmental, nature conservation and marine policy, and power and participation.

Tran Thi My Dieu is a researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Technology and Management, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Her main research interests and publications are in the field of solid waste and wastewater technologies and management, eco-industrial parks and eco-towns.



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