Digitalisation and Sustainability

Future technology between resource consumption and opportunities for socio-ecological transformation.

The various economic and social implications of “digitalisation” have been discussed in many scientific disciplines and regarding manifold aspects. For instance, early analyses on the digital economy began with Tapscott (1994) and Rochet and Tirole (2003), while publications on digital capitalism date from Schiller (1999) to Staab (2019). Yet, ecological economy research has only marginally touched upon the issue of digitalisation so far. Despite a surge in publications regarding Green IT already in the 2000s and attempts to research ICT for Sustainability from a comprehensive and interdisciplinary perspective more recently, a particular focus on challenges related to governing economic activities linked to digitalisation in a way that these promote sustainability, is still emerging.

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