Institut de Gestion de l'Environnement et d'Aménagement du Territoire

Scenarios as transition Tools ? the case of sustainable food consumption.

How do scenario tools and the (policy) domain of sustainable consumption relate to each other? Is the scenario approach a relevant tool for Transition Management-like planning processes which focus on the specific issue of consumption? Scenarios are an important aspect of a new range of planning approaches focused on innovation, like the Dutch Transition Management (TM) approach (Rotmans, 2001).

Indeed, this planning approach, building on the participation of stakeholders, relies on the construction of transition scenarios in order to frame under a common guiding ‘vision’ the objectives and actions proposed by the different policy actors (Loorbach, 2007, p.116). More and more efforts are dedicated to developing this type of innovative policy processes, since handling the complex and long-term challenges of SD seem to call for participative, reflexive and adaptive processes to planning (Voss and Kemp, 2006). The Consentsus project aims at exploring the consumption issue through scenario building in the wider context of transition management and system innovation. To do so, sustainable consumption was disintegrated into three SC strategies, namely eco-efficiency, decommodification and sufficiency, which were then used as axes for the scenario construction.


Mutombo E., Bauler T., (2009), Scenarios as transition Tools ? the case of sustainable food consumption. 7th International conference on the Human Dimensions of global environmental change Bonn, Germany, 26-30 April 2009

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