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Sustainable Consumption Institute

Consumption is a hugely powerful force.

The sustainability challenges we face stem largely from an explosion in consumption, and the corresponding exploitation of finite resources. To successfully respond to these challenges, we must now radically reduce the resource intensity of everyday lives.

This may mean consuming less, or it could mean consuming differently. Either approach requires big leaps in our understanding and our actions – not simply how we produce and distribute goods and services, but how we organise our societies, government policy, and our lives.
 
Our mission at the Sustainable Consumption Institute is to bring insight and clarity to a key part of the sustainability challenge: the role of consumption.

Type: 
Institute
Acronym: 
SCI

Connections

Person

Dr Alice Bows-Larkin

 

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Keywords: 
Climate, Climate change, Carbon, Aviation, Aerospace, Transport, Shipping, Food, Economy, Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Sustainability, Teaching, Education

Person

Prof Andrew McMeekin

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Keywords: 
Innovation, Business, Economy, Bioenergy, Renewable energy, Environment, Sustainability, Climate, Production, Knowledge exchange Genetics, Biology, Biotechnology, Technology, Information technology, Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement, Engagement, Teaching, Education, Behaviour, Psychology

Person

Dr Alison Browne

Alison has a number of active and interdisciplinary research projects on everyday practice and sustainable consumption; dirt, cleanliness and freshness; and the governance of water resources, drought, and climate change adaptation. In previous research projects she explored the governance of large scale resource development (e.g., agriculture, NRM, water infrastructure, mining) using 'environmentality', 'risk' and 'mega-project paradox' frameworks. 

Keywords: 
Water, Climate, Climate change, Resilience, Sustainability, Consumption, Social responsibility, Community, Resources, Development, Agriculture, Rural studies, Mining, Economy, Cities, Engagement, Psychology

Person

Dr Dan Welch

Dan’s research interests include: cultural economy and cultural intermediation; social ontology and theories of practice; sustainability communications and commercial communications more widely; and sustainable consumption as discourse and practice. He is interested in exploring neglected theoretical resources within theories of practice for the study of sustainable consumption, as well as developing links between practice theory and complementary approaches such as socio-technical transitions and economic sociology.

Keywords: 
Consumption, Food, sustainable food consumption, Waste, Media, Communications

Person

Prof Colin Hughes

Research interests: applied environmental and petroleum geology and mineralogy, sustainable management and regulation

Involved actively in higher education capacity building for environment related academic disciplines in the developing world

Keywords: 
Fossil fuels, Geology, Minerals, Sustainability, Management, Regulation, Environment, Biodiversity, Waste management, Universities, Capacity building

Person

Prof Dale Southerton

My broad interests concern theories and processes of social change and its implications for the ordering of daily life. This leads to more specialised interests in: Consumption and everyday life, Theories of practice, Climate change and sustainability, Time and the temporal ordering of daily life, Social relations and differentiation, Socio-technical systems and innovation processes, and Comparative analysis (over time and space).

Keywords: 
Sustainability, Consumption, Social responsibility, Culture, Political economy, Economy, Politics, Interdisciplinary, Knowledge exchange, Universities, Society, Engagement, Innovation

Person

Dr Josephine Mylan

Jo's research interests lie in understanding how society can transition to more environmentally sustainable ways of consuming resources. This will require changes in the way we provision goods, including the technologies, economic and social arrangements, and cultural conventions which shape processes of production, distribution and consumption.

Keywords: 
Innovation, Management, Policy, Sustainability, Teaching, Education, Consumption, Social responsibility, Political economy

Person

Dr David Evans

One of the University's growing number of Sustainability Enthusiasts. Find out more about the initiative here.

Keywords: 
Consumption, Society, Economy, Energy supply, Food, Lighting, Energy, Households, Sustainability, Waste management, Waste, Innovation, Business, Mobility, Engagement, Environment, Policy, Governance, Networks, Research methods, Sustainability enthusiast, Workplace engagement

Person

Dr Joanne Swaffield

Joanne Swaffield joined the Sustainable Consumption Institute as a Research Associate in November 2013. Her current research focuses on the construction of ‘appropriate’ sustainable behaviour and the role of reuse networks in modern neoliberal society. Jo is also involved in the ESRC funded project, ‘Households, Retailers and Food Waste Transitions’.

Jo’s research interests include, the discursive construction of (un)sustainable behaviour, the ‘neoliberalisation’ of environmental governance and the role of environmental ‘change agents’ in neoliberal society.  

Keywords: 
Food, Waste, Media, Recycling, sustainable food consumption