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Stephen Axon

Southern Connecticut State University

Based in

United States
North America

Dr. Stephen Axon is an Associate Professor of Sustainability Science in the Department of the Environment, Geography and Marine Sciences at Southern Connecticut State University. His research focuses on the socio-cultural dimensions of sustainability. Principally, his research investigates the challenges of making everyday life and the communities we live in more sustainable; and the application of interventions and ‘what works’ approaches that facilitate and maintain inclusive, equitable, and participatory sustainable lifestyles. This research aims to advance both conceptual understanding and practical application of enhancing the efficacy, form, and function, of public engagement and collective action as part of community-based sustainability. He largely teaches courses on conceptual, practical, and applied dimensions of sustainability e.g. principles of sustainability, public engagement, and applied sustainability science.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States United Kingdom

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics Climate Justice Renewable energy Behavioral action

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Stephen Axon & Sammy Collier. 2023. Breaking Blue: Establishing comprehensive policy for a just and inclusive transition for the Blue Economy.” Marine Policy, 147: 104343.

Stephen Axon. 2022. ‘Community acceptance of blue energies: Identifying future research trajectories for understanding ‘place-technology fit’ perceptions’, in C. Patrick Heidkamp, John E. Morrissey, & Celine Germond-Duret (eds) “Blue Economy: People and Regions in Transition.” Oxon, Routledge.

Stephen Axon, Amanda Bertana, Marcello Graziano, Emma Cross, Allie Smith, Kayleigh Axon, & Alysia Wakefield. 2022. The U.S. Blue New Deal: What does it mean for Just Transitions, Sustainability and Resilience in the Blue Economy? The Geographical Journal

Mari Martiskainen, Stephen Axon, Benjamin Sovacool, Siddarth Sareen, Dylan Furszyfer Del Rio, & Kayleigh Axon. 2020. “Contextualizing climate justice activism: Knowledge, emotions, motivations, and actions among climate strikers in six cities.”Global Environmental Change, 65: 102180.

Alysia Wakefield & Stephen Axon. 2020. “I’m a bit of a waster”: Identifying the enablers of, and barriers to, sustainable food waste practices.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 275: 122803.

John Morrissey, Ellen Schwaller, Dan Dickson, & Stephen Axon. 2020. Affordability, Security, Sustainability? Grassroots Community Energy Visions from Liverpool, United Kingdom.” Energy Research & Social Science, 70: 101698.

Stephen Axon & John Morrissey. 2020. “Just energy transitions? Social inequities, vulnerabilities, and unintended consequences.” Buildings & Cities, 1 (1): 393-411.

Stephen Axon. 2020. The socio-cultural dimensions of community-based sustainability: Implications for transformational change.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 266: 121933.

Stephen Axon. 2019. Warning: Extinction Ahead! Theorizing the spatial disruption and place contestation of climate justice activism.” Environment, Space and Place, 11 (2): 1-25.

Michaela Garland, Stephen Axon, Marcello Graziano, John Morrissey, and C. Patrick Heidkamp. 2019. The Blue Economy: Identifying geographical concepts and sensitivities.” Geography Compass, 13 (7): e12445.

Stephen Axon. 2019. ‘The human geographies of coastal sustainability transitions’, in C. Patrick Heidkamp & John E. Morrissey (eds) “Towards Coastal Resilience and Sustainability.” Oxon, Routledge.

Paul Upham, Katinka Johansen, Paula Maria Bögel, Stephen Axon, Jennifer Garard, & Sebastian Carney. 2018. “Harnessing place attachment for local climate mitigation? Hypothesising connections between broadening representations of place and readiness for change.” Local Environment, 23 (9): 912-919.

Joanne Hillman, Stephen Axon, & John Morrissey. 2018. Social enterprise as a potential niche innovation breakout for low carbon transition.” Energy Policy, 117: 445-456.

Stephen Axon, John Morrissey, Rosita Aiesha, Joanne Hillman, Alexandra Revez, Breffní Lennon, Mathieu Salel, Niall Dunphy, & Eva Boo. 2018. The human factor: Classifying European community-based behavioural change initiatives.” Journal of Cleaner Production, 182: 567-586.

Stephen Axon. 2017. “Keeping the ball rolling”: Addressing the enablers of, and barriers to, sustainable lifestyles.” Journal of Environmental Psychology, 52: 11-25.

Stephen Axon. 2016. “The Good Life”: Engaging the public with community-based carbon reduction strategies.”Environmental Science & Policy, 66: 82-92.