Research on climate change mitigation tends to focus on supply-side technology solutions. A better understanding of demand-side solutions is missing. We propose a transdisciplinary approach to identify demand-side climate solutions, investigate their mitigation potential, detail policy measures and assess their implications for well-being.

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W.B.d.B. acknowledges financial support from the Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and the Social Sciences; J.K.S. and F.W.G. from the UK ESRC (ES/K006576/1 and EP/K011790/1); C.H. from the Oxford Martin School; O.Y.E. and M.T. from the EU ERC (no. 154 336155) and N.D.R. from the EU ERC (no. 637462); I.M.L.A. from the Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making (SES-1463492); J.C.M. from the German Ministry of Research and Education (03EK3046B) and L.M. from the German Academic Exchange Service.

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  1. Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Berlin, Germany

    • Felix Creutzig
    • , William F. Lamb
    • , Jan C. Minx
    •  & Anjali Ramakrishnan
  2. Sustainability Economics of Human Settlements, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    • Felix Creutzig
    •  & Anjali Ramakrishnan
  3. Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

    • Joyashree Roy
  4. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

    • Inês M. L. Azevedo
    •  & Wändi Bruine de Bruin
  5. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK

    • Wändi Bruine de Bruin
    • , Jan C. Minx
    •  & Julia K. Steinberger
  6. Partnership on Sustainable, Low-Carbon Transport, Berlin, Germany

    • Holger Dalkmann
  7. Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Milan, Italy

    • Oreane Y. Edelenbosch
    •  & Massimo Tavoni
  8. University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

    • Frank W. Geels
  9. International Institute for Advanced Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

    • Arnulf Grubler
    •  & Narasimha D. Rao
  10. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

    • Cameron Hepburn
    •  & Linus Mattauch
  11. School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

    • Edgar G. Hertwich
  12. Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India

    • Radhika Khosla
  13. Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

    • Diana Ürge-Vorsatz
  14. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

    • Elke U. Weber


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