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.

We take original insights from the Social Sciences, insights that often challenge orthodox thinking, and subject them to critical empirical scrutiny. This, we believe, is essential for advancing fundamental understandings about processes of consumption and social change.
Our approach to research is one that develops novel methodologies for addressing key research questions, including the use of a wide range of data and comparative methodologies that recognise sustainable consumption is an international challenge.

Through an ambitious research programme we tackle head-on the scale and urgency of societal responses required to address sustainability – responses that require collaboration between a wide-range of stakeholders, including businesses and policy-makers, who can both benefit from and contribute to our research.

Welcome to the SCI.

    - Professor Dale Southerton, Director SCI

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28 January 2015

SCI Seminar Series - Date Change

The SCI Seminar planned for Wednesday 25 February 2015 and been moved to Wednesday 4 March 2015 and will be given by Professor Frank Boons, further details here

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27 January 2015

The Wider Environmental Effects of Food and Drink Packaging

Cary Monreal Clark discusses the wider environmental effects of food and drink packaging in his latest blog.

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26 January 2015

SCI Photo Competition Opens 1 February 2015

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    Latest blog on the wider environmental effects of food & drink packaging now available at 5 days 1 hour ago
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    The SCI Photo Competition opens 1 February 2015, further details available at Good Luck! 5 days 4 hours ago
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    Dale Southerton invited to give evidence at #foodandpoverty hearing on Environment tomorrow 27 January for details 6 days 2 hours ago

Our research

Understanding consumer choices, habits and routines and how they can become more sustainable

Accelerating sustainable innovation in products, services and systems

Exploring alternative framings of sustainable consumption and the politics underpinning them

Developing novel methodologies to advance the evidence base on sustainable consumption