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Doris Fuchs

Research Institute for Sustainability - Helmholtz Center Potsdam & University of Münster

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Doris Fuchs is scientific director at the RIFS in Potsdam and Professor of Sustainable Development at the University of Münster. Her work focuses on the sustainability-democracy nexus, studying the role of citizen participation and the power of non-state (esp. economic) actors, in particular. In addition, her research explores the political economy of (un)sustainable consumption, exploring and highlighting especially the role of structural barriers to sustainability. Core concepts promoted by her collaborations with other scholars include “strong sustainable consumption governance” and “consumption corridors”, and she is currently leading the Horizon Europe project “EU1.5°Lifestyles”.

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Greenwashing Climate policy and politics Climate Justice

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Hirth, Steffen, Kreinin, Halliki, Fuchs, Doris, Blossey, Nils, Mamut, Pia, Philipp, Jeremy, Radovan, Isabel. 2023. Barriers and Enablers of 1.5° Lifestyles: Shallow and Deep Structural Factors Shaping the Potential for Sustainable Consumption. Frontiers in Sustainability 4-23, DOI:

Gumbert, Tobias, Pia Mamut, Doris Fuchs und Tobias Welck. 2022. Sustainable consumption and the power of economic growth: exploring alternatives to the growth-dependency narrative. Consumption and Society, 1(2), 1–21.

Fuchs, Doris, Marlyne Sahakian, Tobias Gumbert, Antonietta Di Giulio, Michael Maniates, Sylvia Lorek und Antonia Graf. (2021). “Consumption Corridors: Living Well within Sustainable Limits.” London: Routledge.

Fuchs, Doris, Julia Steinberger, Elke Pirgmaier, William Lamb, Lina Brand-Correa, und Jonathan Cullen. (2021). “A corridors and power-oriented perspective on energy service demand and needs satisfaction.” Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 17(1): 163-173.

Fuchs, Doris, Bernd Schlipphak, Oliver Treib, Le Anh Nguyen Long und Markus Lederer. (2020). “Which Way Forward in Measuring the Quality of Life? A Critical Analysis of Sustainability and Wellbeing Indicator Sets.” Global Environmental Politics 20(2): 12-36.

Fuchs, Doris, Antonietta Di Giulio, Katharina Glaab, Sylvia Lorek, Michael Maniates, Tom Princen und Inge Ropke. (2016). “Power: The Missing Element in Sustainable Consumption and Absolute Reductions Research and Action.” Journal of Cleaner Production 132: 298-307.

Fuchs, Doris, Agni Kalfagianni und Tetty Havinga. (2011). “Actors in Private Food Governance: The Legitimacy of Retail Standards and Multistakeholder Initiatives with Civil Society Participation.” Agriculture and Human Values 28 (3): 353-367.

Clapp, Jennifer und Doris Fuchs (Hrsg.). (2009). “Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance.” Challenges and Strategies. Boston: MIT Press.

Fuchs, Doris. (2007). “Business Power in Global Governance.” Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Fuchs, Doris und Sylvia Lorek. (2005). “Sustainable Consumption Governance: A History of Promises and Failures.” Journal of Consumer Policy 28 (3): 261–288.