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 in contemporary societies is essential if we want to address the unsustainable way in which we currently provide in our needs. Changing practices of consumption, and the business models in which they are embedded, is the key to more sustainable lifestyles.”

Mat Paterson / Director, SCI