Tobias Gumbert

Tobias Gumbert
University of Münster | WWU · Institute of Political Science

Master of Arts

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Introduction
My main research interests include questions tightly connected to the field of global environmental governance with a particular focus on the governance of food commodities and waste materials, the politics of sustainable consumption and the role of democratic institutions and new forms of governance.

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Increasing shares of the sustainable consumption literature postulate the need for a focus on limits to consumption as a basis for achieving absolute reductions in resource use. After all, improvements in the sustainability of consumption expected from technological innovation and efficiency gains have been eaten up by rebound effects, to date. The...
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This chapter connects the empirical findings on reoccurring patterns of responsibility in food waste governance to broader social and political contexts. The aim is to account for the functions these understandings and meanings of responsibility fulfill within food waste governance. The chapter discusses in turn the most dominant links in the model...
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This chapter links the massive global environmental changes and socio-political consequences underway and mankind’s ensuing governance responses to the notion of responsibility. It discusses current scholarship on the Anthropocene and argues that ethical principles, such as responsibility, and their political institutionalization have hardly played...
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This chapter aims to further deconstruct the dominant understanding of responsibility diagnosed in Chapter 3 by drawing on the diversity of philosophical and ethical conceptions of responsibility. It is argued that a concept of responsibility as accountability is merely one concept of responsibility, which has established itself as the dominant not...
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This chapter introduces the study's central concern: analyzing responsibilit(ies) for addressing the social and ecological consequences of the Anthropocene and applying this perspective to the governance of environmental issues. Questions of responsibility, who should do what, and on which grounds, are essential issues on every level of environment...
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This chapter introduces current research on the concept of responsibility in terms of predominant conceptualizations and attempts to measure responsibility empirically. Looking at the dominant use of the concept in global governance research and specifically in the field of environmental governance, the chapter diagnoses a relatively narrow underst...
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This chapter applies the responsibility framework to the governance of food waste across global, national, and local levels of governance. It provides a coherent structure of its content: for every level of governance, the three links (link between event and identity images, link between identity images and prescriptions, and link between prescript...
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This chapter introduces the case study of food waste governance. Here, responsibility rhetoric and corresponding actions have risen sharply across every level of governance in the last 10–15 years: food waste reduction targets have been included as target 12.3 in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), most EU countries, the UK, th...
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This chapter presents the methodological approach of this study which comprises an interpretive research design interested in analyzing and interpreting objective and discursive meanings of responsibility. The research design sets out to achieve three goals: it aims to (1) open the concept of responsibility to its multiple meanings-in-use, (2) gene...
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This chapter summarizes the studies’ findings, policy implications, contributions to the respective fields, and future research needs. The analysis illustrates that although the rhetoric of shared responsibilities is widely present, it has so far not led to the effective organization of joint, future-oriented action in the context of reducing food...
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Nudges are behavioral interventions that influence behavior and decision-making processes through subtle suggestions and positive reinforcement strategies without directly mandating or limiting particular choices. The usefulness of this political tool to influence individual actions to enhance and strengthen sustainability in different areas of eve...
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The volume ‘Democracy and Sustainability’ brings together current perspectives on a complex relationship: How can democracy become an instrument in the fight against the global environmental and climate crisis instead of standing in the way of necessary changes? Can democratic decision-making processes, often perceived as painfully slow and inflexi...
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This chapter questions the seeming existence of a universal notion of responsibility in global food governance by drawing on the concept of ‘moral geographies of responsibility’. The concept describes varying responsible attitudes as the result of expectations that link geographical ordering with morally adequate behaviours. The chapter details the...
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The concept of consumption corridors proposes minimum and maximum limits to consumption on the normative premises of justice, human wellbeing, and guarantees of a good life for all. A central objection to the idea is that limits on resource use would interfere broadly with liberal freedoms, and consumption corridors would thus not be compatible wit...
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Consumption Corridors: Living a Good Life within Sustainable Limits explores how to enhance peoples’ chances to live a good life in a world of ecological and social limits. Rejecting familiar recitations of problems of ecological decline and planetary boundaries, this compact book instead offers a spirited explication of what everyone desires: a g...
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Partizipation ist eine zentrale Voraussetzung für eine erfolgreiche Nachhaltigkeitstransformation in demokratischen Kontexten. Das ist Konsens in Politik und Wissenschaft und spiegelt sich in vielen Positionspapieren und Leitbildern sowie unzähligen Forschungsprojekten zu dem Thema wider. Gleichzeitig zeigt die Vielzahl an diesbezüglichen Forschung...
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In Bohn Carolin, Fuchs Doris, Gumbert Tobias, Hasenkamp Victoria, Heimbach-Steins Marianne, Kuhn Lilith, Salaske Sebastian, Sarpong Larissa, Schrüfer Gabriele, Schwarze Sonja, Siepker Lena, Steinhäuser Cornelia. (2020). Partizipation als zentrales Thema interdisziplinärer Nachhaltigkeitsforschung. ZIN Diskussionspapiere, 2020(01), 1-84.
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This chapter makes the central argument that by drawing on alternative understandings of materiality and recognising the agency of nonhumans, the normative foundations and conceptual tools of global sustainability governance can be critically examined. Against such firmly held beliefs as the dualism of human and nonhuman worlds, a nonhuman agency p...
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This article makes the central argument that basic democratic values such as justice, autonomy and participation run the risk of being neglected when designing ‘nudges’ (i.e., indirect suggestions to influence individual behaviour) for sustainable behaviour change in the context of food governance, potentially complicating a democratisation of the...
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Die gesellschaftliche Bearbeitung von Umweltproblemen, und in diesem Zusammenhang die Transformation des Energiesystems, inklusive der darin enthaltenden gesamtgesellschaftlichen Entwicklungsdynamiken, verlangt nach kollektiv bindenden Entscheidungen sowie der Anpassung bestehender Steuerungs- und Governance-Modelle. Dabei ist die Gestaltung von Be...
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In Deutschland begrüßen viele Menschen die Energiewende und den Ausbau der erneuerbaren Energien. Bei konkreten Maßnahmen in der unmittelbaren Umgebung, dem Bau von Windrädern oder Stromtrassen, verwandelt sich Akzeptanz aber schnell in Ablehnung. KomMA-P erforschte, unter welchen Bedingungen die Menschen dazu bereit sind, die Energiewende zu akzep...

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