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

22 July 2014

Professor Frans Berkhout Seminar - Slides now available

Further to Professor Frans Berkhout's Seminar on the 22 May 2014, the slides that accompanied it are now available to download.

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18 July 2014

Dr Cecily Maller to give SCI Seminar

Dr Cecily Maller, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University in Melbourne Australia, will be giving a seminar entitled “Understanding health through social practices: performance and materiality in everyday life” on the 1 September 2014.

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1 July 2014

Tyndall Centre Fudan Hosts Second Biennial Conference of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption

Shanghai, People’s Republic of China – June 25, 2014 – The Fudan Tyndall Centre, a joint initiative of the UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and the Research Institute for Global Environmental Change at Fudan University in Shanghai hosted the Second Biennial Conference of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPaC) from June 8–11 under the theme “Global Transitions to Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems.”

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  • ManchesterSCI
    SCI’s Viki Johnson presenting at BIEE Conf. Thurs 18 Sept discussing liquid fuels during the interwar years in Britain @victoria_plumb 4 days 6 hours ago
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    The SCI’s HIroki Shin discusses rising global temperatures & the cold comforts of air conditioning in his latest blog 1 month 3 days ago
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    SCI Researcher Dan Welch contributed an article to Co-operative News: 1 month 2 weeks 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