New publication

This pioneering new publication, featuring a chapter by the SCI’s Dale Southerton, Climate Change and Society: Sociological Perspectives, breaks new theoretical and empirical ground by presenting climate change as a thoroughly social phenomenon, embedded in behaviors, institutions, and cultural practices.

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

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

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9 November 2015

Rethinking the role of individuals’ behaviours in sustainable consumption

The latest LWEC (Living With Environmental Change) Policy and Practice Note No. 21, written by the SCI’s Dale Southerton & Dan Welch, suggests reframing the approach to sustainable consumption from one focused on individual behaviours and consumer choices to one focused on the social organisation of consumption.

Policy and Practice Note No. 21

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21 September 2015

Research Associate Vacancy

The SCI is currently recuriting for an Research Associate in Innovation Studies and Socio-technical Transitions, further details can be found here.

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14 September 2015

Breaking News - SCI Professor elected to prestigious European body

The SCI’s Prof Frank Geels has been elected as a member of the Academia Europaea following an announcement on 11 September.

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