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Sustainable Consumption Institute

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News archive

Browse our extensive range of archived news, press releases and newsletters.

2016

Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first - Frank Trentmann
9 February 2016
Frank Trentmann's latest book Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first now available.

Mark Harvey - Honorary Professor
3 February 2016
We are delighted that Mark Harvey will be joining the SCI and Sociology Department as ‘Honorary Professor’.

SCI workshop with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
18 January 2016
The SCI travelled to Beijing in September for a workshop organised by the Institute of Sociology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

Discover Society special issue showcases SCI research
7 January 2016
The SCI’s Dale Southerton and Dan Welch have guest edited a special issue of online magazine Discover Society on sustainable consumption. The issue includes contributions from 15 SCI researchers, as well as contributions from colleagues further afield.

Book Review: Food Waste: Home Consumption, Material Culture and Everyday Life
5 January 2016
Katy Wheeler, The Open University has reviewed David Evans’s latest book Food Waste: Home Consumption, Material Culture and Everyday Life.

2015

Retrofitting Cities - new book published
7 December 2015
SCI's Mike Hodson latest book 'Retrofitting Cities: Priorities, Governance and Experimentation' has been published.

Rethinking the role of individuals’ behaviours in sustainable consumption
9 November 2015
The latest LWEC (Living With Environmental Change) Policy and Practice Note No. 21, written by the SCI’s Dale Southerton and Dan Welch is now available.

SCI Professor elected to prestigious European body
14 September 2015
The SCI’s Professor Frank Geels has been elected as a member of the Academia Europaea following an announcement on 11 September.

SCI signs Memo of Understanding with CASS
9 September 2015
Representatives of the Sustainable Consumption Institute sign a Memorandum of Understanding today with senior members of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing.

SCI Contribution to major new publication
21 August 2015
The SCI’s Professor Dale Southerton releases a new publication around climate change and society.

Osborne’s long-game? The politics behind the down-scaling of low-carbon policies
29 July 2015
Within weeks of the newly elected Conservative government coming into power, the down-scaling of low-carbon policies began.

Policies and actions to shift eating patterns: What works? - New FCRN Report
26 May 2015
This literature review considers effective ways of shifting people’s consumption patterns in more sustainable and healthy directions.

Tales from a well-wrapped historian: smart meters and the management of heating - Anna Carlsson-Hyslop
17 March 2015
Are we “a nation of buffoons who can't work thermostats” or do we actively manage our heating?

Distributing Power Report
26 February 2015
‘Distributing Power’ report published today by the EPSRC-funded Realising Transition Pathways (RTP) project.

2014

‘Food for Thought’ workshop
11 December 2014
November saw the Households, Retailers and Food Waste Transitions Project host an international workshop.

Video of Tom Hargreaves' Seminar now available
31 October 2014
'"Smart" homes, energy use and everyday life' - Tom Hargreaves' SCI Seminar presentation.

Video of Maurie Cohen's Seminar now available
31 October 2014
'Be Careful What You Wish For: The Empty Promise of the "Sharing Economy"' - Maurie Cohen's SCI Seminar presentation.

Knowledge Exchange Event at Port Sunlight
13 October 2014
SCI Researchers are attending a full day's knowledge exchange workshop at Port Sunlight under the University of Manchester/Unilever Strategy Partnership signed in October 2013.

Dale Southerton to give evidence at the Fabian Society Commission
6 October 2014
Professor Dale Southerton is giving evidence to the Fabian Society Commission on Food and Poverty on Tuesday 27 January 2015.

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

Dr Cecily Maller to give SCI Seminar
18 July 2014
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 1 September 2014.

Tyndall Centre Fudan Hosts Second Biennial Conference of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption
1 July 2014
The Fudan Tyndall Centre hosted the Second Biennial Conference of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption under the theme "Global Transitions to Sustainable Production and Consumption Systems."