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Sustainable Consumption Institute

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Spotlight on the latest news from across the Institute.

22 September 2017

Sustainability: the New Alchemy?
28 July 2017
Julia Kasmire asks what sustainability and alchemy have in common? And what does this mean for the sustainability movement?

Blog: Small steps for creating community resilience - The Make Do and Mend Expo
12 July 2017
In June, Dr Helen Holmes held The Make Do and Mend Expo – an interactive event that brought together third-sector organisations to debate the future of community resilience.

SCI academic releases new book
23 June 2017
The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment, edited by Sherilyn MacGregor, is available now.

Blog: Re-making Greater Manchester sustainably
23 June 2017
How might the newly elected Mayor of Greater Manchester remake Greater Manchester sustainably? Joe Blakey reflects on a recent workshop by the SCI’s Mike Hodson and Sherilyn MacGregor in his latest blog post.

Blog: From meat-free days to meat-free diets?
15 June 2017
Last Monday was World Meat Free Day. In the first blog of the SCI’s new website, Jo Mylan and Nicklas Neuman argue ‘Meat Free’ days are only one piece of broader puzzle of how to limit the effects of industrial meat production.

Blog: Following the action: an approach for studying the coordination of practice
19 May 2017
A principle methodological challenge for any research is the identification of the core unit of analysis and the ‘entry point’ for empirical enquiry. Both depend on the research questions to hand. For the study of practices these challenges are particularly acute.

Blog: Overcoming ‘speciesism’: how to include other living beings
30 March 2017
In this contribution, Anna Wienhues and Steffen Hirth use theoretical considerations from philosophy and sociology to explore the ways in which ‘the nonhuman’ is – or is not – taken into account.

Blog: Planet 50:50? Linking labour and environment this International Women’s Day
6 March 2017
The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’.iOn March 8th women will strike to show what it would be like to live in a world without women, the other 50%.

Blog: Turning climate governance upside down
12 January 2017
A rethink of contemporary wisdom on governing the climate is increasingly urgent. Successive climate summits, strategies, targets and action plans have been implemented, but the chances of staying within anything like safe temperature increases are diminishing fast.

Blog: Renewables in South Australia: blame games and framing battles
30 November 2016
With South Australia’s increase in renewables blamed for a blackout caused by high winds, Marc Hudson examines the ‘framing battles’ taking place in Australia.

Frank Geels joins Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency
14 December 2016
Out of 190 applications, five new members have been invited/appointed.

Former SCI visiting fellow releases new book
18 November 2016
Maurie J. Cohen's latest release is called 'The Future of Consumer Society'.

Blog: Alternative hedonism, the good life, and disenchantment with consumerism
25 October 2016
Professor Kate Soper spoke to the SCI's Ulrike Ehgartner about the potential of ‘alternative hedonism’ to mobilise social change towards sustainability

Discover Society - edited by Alan Warde and Luke Yates
7 September 2016
The latest edition of Discover Society is out today and has been edited by the SCI’s Alan Warde and Luke Yates.

Blog: Divestment, destabilisation, decarbonisation?
19 May 2017
With The University of Manchester considering divesting its assets from fossil fuel related industries, Viki Johnson considers whether divestment can really destabilise an industry.

New ESRC project with University of Sheffield and the SCI
11 July 2016
New ESRC project with University of Sheffield and the SCI Reshaping the domestic nexus at home: engaging policy understandings of kitchen practices and how they can change.

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Sustainability: the New Alchemy?
28 July 2017
Julia Kasmire asks what have the sustainability and alchemy have in common and what does this mean for the sustainability movement.