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Sustainable Consumption Institute

The Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI)


We aim to bring insight and clarity to a key aspect of the sustainability challenge: the role of consumption.

Our cutting-edge research lies in five key fields:

  • consumption
  • cultural change
  • innovation
  • politics
  • social justice.

Our work responds to multiple sustainability challenges, from climate change and resource scarcity to social inequality and environmental injustice.

We focus on the processes of consumption and production that underpin such challenges across a variety of areas, including food, energy, housing and transport.

“Understanding consumption, how it shapes ways of life and how it is shaped through innovation, politics and culture is key to addressing the environmental challenges that our societies face.”

Dale Southerton / Director, SCI