Rebound Effect and Sustainability Science: A Review.

Rebound effects have been historically studied through narrow framings which may overlook the complexity of sustainability challenges. This article by David Font Vivanco, Tilman Santarius and five other international co-authors in the Journal of Industrial Ecology presents a critical literature review of rebound effects in the context of sustainability science in order to (1) map existing rebound research which goes beyond mainstream approaches, (2) unveil and classify current knowledge gaps in relation to sustainability science, (3) outline a research agenda, and (4) provide a knowledge base to support the design of effective policies toward sustainable development. We suggest that this knowledge is crucial for promoting a prioritization of actions and a concrete transition toward sustainability.